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Majors: I plan on having an internship and i am kind of concerned because it is very competitive normally to find a good internship that is close to school.

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3 College Student

Majors: I want to become a doctor, so i do not have concerns with finding a job. However, the math and chemistry teachers at UW are horrible so it is a challenge.

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Transportation: On a main avenue near our school there are many buses. So you can get any where in seattle from that avenue, but the buses normally do not come on time. Otherwise you walk everywhere.

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Facilities: The workout center is very very nice. It is always super clean and it is massive so you never have to wait for machines.

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Facilities: We are right next to a college shopping and restaurant street and also within walking distance of an outdoor mall and grocery store. There are also options for studying abroad and many different languages are offered.

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Overall Experience: Out of all of my options within my state, UW was the best ranked school. Although so far every single one of my teachers has been absolutely horrible, so the academic part has not been a good experience thus far. Also registering is a nightmare and they have too many of unnecessary classes available and way too little necessary courses such as math.

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3 College Student

Athletics: I think that people focus too much on football and it is difficult to become part of an intramural sport.

3 College Student

Greek Life: People seem nice who are part of greek life and they do not treat you differently even if you are not part of it.

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Drug Safety: You do not feel pressured to do any drugs or drink alcohol and you can never visibly see any other students doing it.

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Campus Dining: It is not in my building so it is annoying when it is raining to have to walk over to eat. Also, the eating times are kind of limited and everything is extremely over priced.

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Campus Housing: I love living on campus. It is easier to get to your classes and you are easily involved with other students.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students at my school typically dress in comfortable clothes to class. Some wear sweats, others wear shorts, and many of the girls wear leggings. Since my school is huge, guys and girls have many different interests which explains the diversity of fields on campus. It can be easy and difficult forming relationships with guys and girls on campus. It is easy in that everyone seems to be looking for a new relationship with other people, which makes communication less awkward. It is difficult in that if students do not get other students' contact information, it is hard to find them again in the swarm of students running to classes every day on campus.

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Diversity: With over forty thousand students (not including faculty), there is a diverse population of students. Acceptance rates come from all over the nation, but much acceptance comes from China. This explains the huge amount of Chinese international students walking all over campus. There is no challenge for ethnic/racial diversity whatsoever. I believe that many of these students come from different economic backgrounds with different political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientations. There are many clubs on campus that cater to everyone on campus.

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Computers: On campus, there are plenty of computers to use at the libraries. Printing is paid by cents, and so many students find it inexpensive to print homework assignments on campus. There is always Wi-Fi wherever I go on campus, and so the wireless access is very reliable. When computer labs are full (in which they usually are), it is recommended to have a laptop or bring a laptop if students already have one in order to free up computers for students who do not own laptops.

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Transportation: I think that in terms of public transportation, there are plenty of options to reach to almost any destination students prefer. Most people prefer to walk, others ride their bikes to school. Since my school's campus is pretty big, having a bike is essential to get from one building to another building on the other side of campus. The cost for a bus pass is mandatory even if some students hardly use it which may be of inconvenience to those who do not use public transportation. Since many people live in areas pretty far, there is definitely a need for buses that go long-distance, and the UW offers it!

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Scholarships: If students fill out the FAFSA, it should not be a problem obtaining financial aid, especially for those who have low income. I was offered a full tuition every year at my school, and so I did not have to pay a penny for my education (except for books). There are plenty of financial aid and scholarship options for students seeking to study abroad or paying for the rest of their tuition.

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Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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Similar to the academic experience at the UW, the University is so huge that it's virtually impossible to predict what a student will think of the school. As the quotations attest, some people fall in love from day one and have to tear themselves away on graduation day, while others drag themselves through school as a chore and can't wait to get out into the post-college world, but it seems, like most things at this school, that it truly is what you make of it. Perhaps for a less socially-motivated person, UW isn't the ideal school. In a bigger environment, maybe it helps to be a little more outgoing-introduce yourself to people in class, meet some people at parties; you sort of have to put yourself out there in order to get anything back.

In all, if a student is determined to make his or her time at UW a positive social experience, it's definitely within the realm of possibilities to do so. There are so many groups to join, parties to go to, and people to meet that there's basically an endless list of social opportunities. There are always more people to meet, so if you don't want to get pigeonholed in a certain crowd, you can move on to a new one. At the same time, however, the size of the school can be daunting for more socially-intimidated students. Just as easy as it is to get out there and meet people, it's not too difficult to get holed up in a dorm room and end up being fairly antisocial. Overall, the key to having a good experience at UW is getting involved and experiencing as many things as possible. After it all adds up, you can allow UW to be a negative experience or you can craft it into your personal haven.

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