Will Jonsson, Peer Consultant

Will2.jpgMajor: BS in Environmental Science – Earth System Science

After graduating from high school, I transitioned immediately into college life. Thinking I knew exactly what I wanted in life, I applied directly into the Pre-Engineering program at the University of Washington, Seattle campus. After a year of pushing through core requirement courses, I was lost, having lost interest in engineering. I left at the end of my freshman year, and eventually enlisted in the Army as a Combat Medic. While serving, I found that I had a deep and insatiable interest in science, and I loved teaching others what I’d learned. My time in the service also showed me that the best way for me to grow was to step out of my comfort zone and test my interests in new areas.

After finishing my term of service, I returned to school with a new motivation for finishing my higher education. I studied human anatomy and physiology, as I prepared to apply to the University of Washington Physician’s Assistant school. My studies in that direction showed me the wonders of biology, chemistry and physics. Progressing through the fundamental sciences, I wrote numerous lab reports, research papers, and gave presentations on specialized topics that interested me. I noticed the key to expressing an understanding of a topic, and often to gaining additional insight, is to develop your communication skills. I’d discovered that the fundamentals of nearly any path I finally pursued would be built upon my ability to communicate my thoughts effectively.

Along the scattered, and occasionally haphazard, path I have taken to the IAS department and the Environmental Sciences, I have worked with a wide range of written and speaking assignments, from: research proposals and papers, lab reports, critical literary analyses, course reflections, personal statements, resumes, cover letters, class presentations, and IAS portfolios. However, whatever your assignment, and whatever stage you’re at, I will be more than happy to help you work through it.