“I AM BOUNDLESS BECAUSE I AM NOT AFRAID OF TAKING RISKS AND CHALLENGING MYSELF."
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Graduation Year: 2016
Major: Environmental Studies with a minor in Ecological Restoration
Why did you choose UW Bothell?
UW Bothell was the only college that I applied to. After spending four years in high school and five years at community college in the Seattle metropolitan area, I felt that I needed to get out of the big city and I was looking for a smaller campus and class sizes. The wetlands were also a huge factor in my decision to only apply to UW Bothell because I knew that this would be an amazing resource for me to utilize in my studies and they surely have been as I now lead monthly Wetland Walks on campus.
What do you like about UW Bothell?
At UW Bothell, I love the small classroom sizes where I am able to easily connect with professors and can walk into class on the first day of the quarter and recognize many of my fellow students. The campus wetlands have become my refuge on campus as I escape from computer work and refresh my mind while birding and searching for the beavers.
What surprised you about UW Bothell?
I have been surprised by how fast the campus is growing! I feel like every quarter there is noticeable more and more students walking around the courtyards and hallways. Also, the big plans for more development have been a big surprise to me as the campus while I have been here for the past two years has always had such a charming sense of community and relationship with the surrounding natural environments and I hope that doesn’t change given the rapidly expanding growth.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
My passions in life revolve around exploring and studying how humans interact and perceive nature and I hope to continue my work engaging people with the natural world once I graduate.
What is your favorite UW Bothell event?
The Ski and Snowboard event that is led by the Outdoor Wellness Program has been my favorite event. 50 students came out this year as we spent the day riding the slopes of Steven’s Pass under the blue bird sky.
What has been your favorite class so far?
Professor Valdez’s Exploration Seminar class to Peru, without a doubt had the most profound impact on my growth as an individual and as a student inside and outside of the classroom. This month long class that runs between the Summer and Fall Quarters, is spent in the diverse region of southeastern Peru. During the class we spent 12 days living and conducting research in one of the most remote biological field stations in the Amazon basin where we regularly had the opportunity to talk with world renowned ecologists and photographers. The second half of the class takes place in the Sacred Valley, where we made a trip to Machu Picchu and studied the cultural and social diversity of this beautiful but yet struggling region.
Do you have an on campus job?
On campus I work as an Outdoor Wellness Leader for the Outdoor Wellness Program that is based out of the new ARC building. This job has provided me with the amazing opportunity to share my passion and love for nature with all the other students on campus.
What are your favorite ways to study?
Not having a personal laptop or computer at my house, I have always worked to complete all of my homework and research while at school. This has often lead me to spend very long days on campus and my personal favorite place to study and crank out some homework on campus is the Open Learning Lab in UW-2 Room 140. Rarely is this space very busy and they have over 35 computer work spaces. Most importantly though, I have found that taking regular breaks to go outside on walks to surrounding natural areas, is vital in maintaining a focused mind and efficiency when completing homework.
What is a random fact about you?
I live in a small cabin just up from the Skykomish River in the foothills of the Cascade Range with my super radical roommate Kyle. Since we do not have cable or internet at our house, we have become very creative with how we spend our free time and have established technical climbing routes up the trees in our yard and many bouldering routes inside of our house.
Where are your favorite places to hang out in the Bothell area?
Hands down my favorite areas to spend my free time and relax in Bothell are along the Sammamish River and in the North Creek Wetlands. I love spending my free time between classes and birding along the Burke Gilman Trail. The avian diversity and abundance in the area is quite astounding for such an urban environment.
Do you have any advice for students interested in coming to UW Bothell?
Utilize all the resources that are available to you and don’t be afraid to partake in extracurricular activities. I found that through conducting undergraduate research, going on Professor Valdez’s Exploration Seminar to Peru and through volunteering on a regular basis; I was able to profoundly broaden my college experience as I gained real life skills and valuable knowledge outside of the classroom.