As a working adult who wanted a Bachelor’s degree but had not attended college classes in nearly a decade, I knew I needed to find a local university that would provide a class schedule conducive to my work schedule. After much research, I applied to and was accepted into the University of Washington Bothell. As a transfer student, I began my journey at UW Bothell taking night classes working towards a major in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior, with a hope to transition to social work once I completed my degree. During my first year I realized that I was better suited to major in Culture, Literature, and the Arts and made the necessary steps to change my major. As I continued on this new educational path, I became concerned that my academic goals might not line up with my professional goals. I made an appointment with an advisor who informed me that I had already taken several classes that would qualify me for a minor in Human Rights, which would still allow me to transition to social work if I wanted to.
Students: If you are ever in doubt about your academic goals and how they may or may not apply to your professional goals, I encourage you to make an appointment with an academic advisor. They walked me through the graduation requirements for my major and minor, as well as helped me to identify potential professional fields that would match my academic experiences. Knowing that the advisors were there to help me navigate the process made me feel much more confident about my decision to change majors, and take on a minor, without increasing my credit load. In my academic career at UWB I had the opportunity to explore a wide range of subject areas including, but certainly not limited to cultural, gender, environmental, and human rights issues. My studies in these courses have resulted in a unique perspective of current issues and the ability to find connections across these and other subject areas. The education I received and the skills that I learned at UW Bothell will undoubtedly prove to be highly beneficial in my professional pursuits and will make me a valuable asset to any team I work with.
I’ve been fortunate throughout my academic pursuits to maintain my position as a contract worker for a company that highly values the work-life balance and was very supportive of my academic goals and the pressures that went along with earning a degree. Now that I have officially graduated, I am negotiating a full time position with this company and am very excited about my prospects here.
Class of 2013
Minor: Human Rights