Student Profiles


Fatima Al-Shemary



Hometown: Everett, Washington

Graduation Year: 2015

Major: Culture, Literature, and the Arts

 What is a random fact about you? 

I got really average grades in high school, but I thrived in college. 

What is your favorite movie(s)? 

‪"Pride and Prejudice," all adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Favorite places to hang out/eat in the Bothell area? 

Azul at the Mill Creek Town Center. Thai Tanee Express near campus is really good too. 

What are your favorite ways to study? 

At home, in bed, with hot cocoa. 

What major did you intend to do when you first started here? 

I started out wanting to go to the Seattle campus so I could pursue English. I'm a writer and I wanted an avenue to explore literature and writing in my studies. UW Bothell offered me a scholarship so I switched schools and went into the Interdisciplinary Studies program. I'm really happy that things turned out that way now.

What are you doing now, in terms of work?

In terms of work, right now I'm interning with Citizen University, which is a non-profit based in Seattle that is focused on community building and teaching leadership in civic life. Right now, I'm working with a team to put together the National Conference in March, which will be a gathering of activists, poets, and speakers such as Jose Antonio Vargas, Claudia Rankine, and Alicia Garza. The speakers we've reached out to will host talks and workshops about restorative justice, race, citizenship, and many other important topics that are prevalent in our current political moment. It's a great opportunity to work with amazing people, build your network, gain skills in communication, project planning, marketing, leadership, and community organizing. Also, you get paid. 

I also do some freelance writing on the side. Right now I am working for an agency called BKA Content, where I take weekly writing assignments for different online companies and brands. 

What did you like about UW Bothell?

‪I liked how close knit the community is. The class sizes are really good, so you can form good connections with your professors and peers. I'm a quiet person so I think I would have gotten lost in the crowd at the classes in Seattle. Here, I forged some really great friendships and connections with both professors and other students. 

What surprised you about UW Bothell? 

‪I didn't know how engaged the IAS program was with politics and social justice. I really enjoyed approaching my work from that angle. Analyzing the different and intersecting vectors of power and privilege prevalent among literary texts has really changed the way I look at literature. I carry that critical thinking with me now no matter what I am reading. 

‪What was your favorite UW Bothell event?

‪I enjoyed all of the open mic events, and any event where people can perform and share their artistic work with each other. The Clamor Launch Exhibit is always fun and exciting. I love seeing the new journal every year showcasing the amazing art and writing UWB students do. 

What was your favorite class? 

Clamor as a class and a club was an amazing experience. I made great friends and honed skills that helped me land work after I graduated. 

What's the most valuable thing you learned at UW Bothell?

I learned so many valuable things during my time at UWB. There is so much that my professors and my peers taught me about feminism, race, power, and privilege that makes me look at the world and politics so differently now. I also learned the importance of community and community-building. In clubs like Clamor, I learned some really good and transferrable skills in public speaking, editing, social media, designing, and event planning. 

Do you have any advice for students coming to UW Bothell?

‪Try to get involved in the community as much as possible, make connections, and don't forget to have fun!