Student Voices


Jacob DeBerry

Jacob working in a lab on campusABOUT

  • Hometown: Port Townsend, WA
  • Graduation Year: 2015
  • Major: Biology

Q & A

  • Question: What major did you intend to do when you first started here? 
    • Answer: "Biology."
  • Question: What do you hope to do when you graduate? 
    • Answer: "I want to attend medical school."
  • Question: What are your favorite movies? 
    • Answer: "Fight Club, The Departed, and The Matrix” 
  • Question: What is a random fact about you? 
    • Answer: "I am a big basketball and football fan."
  • Question: What do you like about UW Bothell? 
    • Answer: "As most people will tell you, the best part about UWB is the small class sizes. This enables you to be able to build meaningful relationships with your professors. At first I was intimidated to approach my professors, but I soon learned they are there to help you and most importantly, they want to help you."
  • Question: What surprised you about UW Bothell?
    • Answer: "I was surprised about how much I initially liked UWB. I originally thought I may transfer to UW Seattle after my first year, but I discovered that UWB was a perfect fit. In a sense it reminded me of the town in which I grew up: community oriented, small population, and everyone is friendly."
  • Question: What has been your favorite class you've taken and why?
    • Answer: "I am sure this will come as a surprise to most, but the Organic Chemistry sequence have been my favorite classes I have taken. I really enjoyed the content, but what I liked must about the classes was the principle it taught me; in order to succeed you must put in the time and effort. It is a very empowering feeling to do well in a class that has such a large reputation as being brutally challenging. I will apply the work ethic that got me through that class to the rest of my academic career."
  • Question: What is your favorite thing to do at UW Bothell?
    • Answer: "My favorite thing to do at UWB is to get together with my friends for lunch. I also enjoy renting out some of the baseball equipment from Student [Affairs] and going out to the sports field on a sunny day."
  • Question: How are you involved on the campus?
    • Answer: "I recently founded a pre-heath club on campus along with some of my colleagues. It is brand new so we are still in the initial stages of starting up the club. But I encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in the medical, dental, or pharmaceutical field to join!"
  • Question: What advice would you give a high school student about going to college?
    • Answer: "If you study hard in high school, it will make the transition to college a much easier and more enjoyable journey. Just remember that every time you stay up late studying, you are opening up more and more doors for yourself that will be waiting for you in the future. Lastly, never get discouraged if you think you aren’t “smart” enough for college. As Freeman Hrabowski said, 'Being smart simply means that you are eager to learn and you are ready to learn.'"