University of Washington - Seattle Reviews
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International Studies at the UW was really wonderful for building my own personal worldview and helped me think critically about the world. While my track was not particularly career-focused, I know I gained a lot of pertinent skills needed for the workforce and life just by attending. The faculty was incredible and the classroom experience was incredibly rewarding.
The UW has a lot of prestige which helps you become employed. The professors are all very helpful when you need a recommendation for continuing your education, even years later. The library system is great. It is a Research college, so its possible to get a research assistant work study position within your field of study, which also helps build your resume. Professionals from various fields come there to give guest lectures, these are highly recommended to attend. The UW also has great performing arts shows that are fun to attend. If you are undecided in major, just take a little of everything...You will find your major quickly this way.
I attended the University of Washington, Seattle Honors program where I double majored in Microbiology and Biochemistry. I enjoyed the rigor and challenges my programs offered me, which helped prepared me for medical school. Being a huge public research school, UW offers a lot of research opportunities to anyone who is interested in. I also loved the diversity of student populations, where I met some of my best friends. The school location is very well situated, with easy bus access to downtown Seattle and other neighborhoods. The school is essentially its own city with lots of dining and fitness options around the area. UW also has a huge and excellent gym that all students can utilize. The gym also offer fitness classes to students. There are lots of student organizations for everyone to be involved in as well. Overall, UW is a superb school that offers challenging and rewarding education in a convenient location with lots of things to do around the school.
My degree program was excellent. Most of my professors are experimented, even though few of them are lacking experience regarding what there are teaching. Also, some of them sometimes don't really teach the reality, but they instead engage on statements of bias.
At the University of Washington, Seattle I tried to fully embrace opportunities through extra curricular activities. I tried to find groups that help others and gave back to the community. My sophomore year I found Dream Project, a resource for underrepresented high school students who are applying to college and/or figuring out their next steps after high school. Once a week for two years I volunteered at Foster High School and mentored high school seniors in the college application process. This was a very fulfilling and meaningful opportunity I was able to find at the University of Washington. It not only have my a deeper insight to career paths I could be interested in but it also built a strong community on campus that I felt enhanced my experience and education 10 times more than if I hadn't been a part of it. This and so many other opportunities on campus make the University of Washington an enriching experience for every type of interest from education to aerospace engineering.
The Communication department is a hidden gem at the University of Washington. The instructors provide relevant insight into the communication systems that impact our realities today and combine their extensive research and experience with open minds to work with students and develop the social solutions of tomorrow.
I took the Editing Certificate for people who already had their bachelors degree. This program exposed me to different opportunities in the industry. Helped me build confidence with specific skills and helped me land an internship that helped me clarify what I wanted to do with my career.
The University of Washington's Sociology department is very welcoming and has strong instructors. There is a tight hold around what can be studied within the department though. Economics and inequality are some areas that can be studied. While I wish there were more classes targeted to my interest (Sociology of Religion and Family) it prepared me well to go onto a Master's degree.
The University of Washington is a beautiful school in a beautiful city. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the proximity to multiple national parks as well as urban parks. My favorites are North Cascades National Park and Golden Gardens Park. I did not have a car during undergrad which meant I biked to school and around campus everyday. The entire city is very bike friendly. As far as academics go the UW was very challenging as classes, especially intro series and basic requirements, are giant. It is hard to stay focused and engaged during a 700 person lecture. This is why I liked the UW much more after deciding my major. I was able to take smaller classes with teachers and classmates that I got to know personally.
The university of Washington is a giant behemoth of a school that can tend to swallow undecided freshman up. Because of this I am very happy that I found a small program (Oceanography) early on. Being a part of a small academic community at the University of Washington allowed me to take advantage of the best parts of a large research institution. Undergrads were able to contribute to cutting edge and well funded research projects. This is typical of large state schools but what was unique was my class size. Upon entering the oceanography track I had an average class size of around 25 with many of the same students. This enabled me to build lasting relationships and enjoy working together on projects. The Oceanography thesis project was an amazing experience as well. We were flown to Japan and boarded the Research Vessel the Thomas G. Thompson in order to complete a real world research project. This time at sea gave me a great hands on experience testing research questions in the field. After spending a lot of time on ships you really get to know your professors as well. They also really made this program stand out. I am still in touch with my advisers 3 years after graduating and they are still willing to write me great letters of recommendation.