Our People

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Professional Staff

Adiam Tesfay, She/Her

Adiam Tesfay, She/Her

Director
(206) 543-5755
adiamt@uw.edu

Project areas

GENST 101/Academic Achievement Courses, EDUC 401/Tutor-Mentor Service Learning Courses

About me

Hello! Being first generation to attend college, I struggled a lot and needed many campus resources, specifically a tutor, to get me through the experience, which is what makes me excited to work with the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Erichment (CLUE) and Academic Support Programs. CLUE is a fabulous resource for students to get support in their courses and in the general college experience as well. The academic achievement courses ASP staff teach will also allow you to learn to be an independent learner and work with a mentor as well. With so much support here for you at UW you are bound to be even more successful. Take advantage of all the help and resources out there. You only get one chance to be an undergrad so do it right!

I moved to Seattle from Arizona, where I was raised. I am originally from Eritrea, East Africa (was born in Sudan) and moved to Phoenix, at the age of 2. After high school I moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University (NAU). I received both my BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology and my Masters in Education Psychology from NAU. I also worked at NAU as an Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator for four years helping students be academically successful within a TRIO program.

I like to volunteer, learn from and empower young adults, travel, listen to music and dance, love watching the performing arts, meeting new people, and I love learning new things, especially about culture and peoples' experiences. I have a huge family and friends all over the world so I spend a lot of time with them or talking to them. I am married and have a daughter that takes up most of my time now. I like reading and watching movies and I LOVE food, especially good food. I like to bake and am learning to cook more but love trying new recipes.

Feel free to send any feedback or suggestions/ideas you have about CLUE to clue@uw.edu.

See you here soon!

Ryan Burt, He/him

Ryan Burt, He/him

Program Manager
(206) 685-5347
rburt@uw.edu

Project areas

GENST 101/Academic Achievement Courses, EDUC 401/Tutor-Mentor Service Learning Courses, & CLUE Writing Center

About me

Hi there! I was born and raised in Eastern Washington before moving to our lovely Emerald City to study at the University of Washington. The UW was big, but I was lucky to have friendly professors and inviting programs that made me feel connected and at home. For me that is a great goal for us in Academic Support Programs: to make every student feel supported and at home.  

I loved my undergraduate experience, where I studied English and the Comparative History of Ideas, and decided to continue my studies. In graduate school, I spent a lot of time thinking about how American universities can better welcome a diverse student population and offer classes that reflect an equally diverse curriculum.  Graduate school was difficult, but truly rewarding. In 2008 I received my PhD in the English Department at the UW.  

Over the years I have studied in Italy and Spain and taught for two years at a large public university in Southern Morocco. As I know how exhilarating, mind-opening and challenging it can be to live and learn in a country and culture that is not your own, I am grateful to be part of a team in Academic Support Programs committed to helping our students from all corners of the world succeed.  

Outside of school I love playing and listening to all kinds of music (I’m a drummer), checking out art, cooking, and getting into the beautiful Washington State out-of-doors. I love hanging with my family and friends.  After seeing some amazing parts of the world, I can say that Seattle is one of my favorite places to be.  

Please come visit me in ASP and let me know how I can help you at the University of Washington!

Prajacta Kulkarni, She/Her

Prajacta Kulkarni, She/Her

CLUE Program Manager
(206) 543-7547
pkulka@uw.edu

About me

Growing up, I was always taught the importance of education and was encouraged to get a post-secondary degree. However as a teacher, I realized that not all students receive the same type of support and encouragement. I honestly believe that with a little extra help and support, every student can be successful in college.

I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and in 2014 I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) with a Bachelor of Arts in English. I was fortunate enough to land a job as a high school English teacher. While working with my students, I realized that there needs to be a stronger support system for students as they transition into college. This lead to my search for a master’s program that focused on student support in college and ultimately my move to Seattle.

While attending graduate school here at UW, I worked as an academic advisor at Seattle Central College advising a wide range of students on a daily basis. I graduated with my M.Ed. in 2017, and I am excited to be back on campus as part of Academic Support Programs.

Fun Facts: I love to travel, read, cook/bake, watch sports, and hang out with my friends and family.

Please stop by, and let me know what I can do to help you here at the University of Washington.

Success Coaches

Tyra, She/Her

Tyra, She/Her

2nd year graduate student, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

I'm excited about

Trying new restaurants and coffee shops, binge watching shows, crocheting, shopping.

Ask me about

I am a first-generation graduate student working towards my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I have a passion for helping people to succeed against all doubts and barriers. With the right mindset and strategies, anyone can achieve their goals! I can't wait to meet you!

Notable academic challenge

My first exam in my graduate program was in anatomy. After studying hard and what I believed was efficient, I received a grade of 71%. Because anything under an 80% is considered failing in my program I was devastated and believed I was behind where I should have been academically. However, I was determined to Ace the next exam and scheduled an appointment with my professor. After reviewing my exam together, he suggested a few test taking skills to use in the future. I was mostly second-guessing myself rather than sticking to my initial instinct. After using my newly learned skills on the next exam, I earned a 92%! Sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s trusting that you know it. Trusting yourself is the most important vehicle to success, as well as always taking the necessary steps to be better!

Georges, He/Him

Georges, He/Him

4th Year, B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.A in Biochemistry

I'm excited about

Binge watching shows, cooking, podcasts, reading books, hanging out with friends, dancing!!! (not good at it though) and of course music.

Ask me about

I am a first-generation, low-income, transfer student working towards my B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A in Biochemistry. I really love helping other students develop strategies to discover their talents and become the best version of themselves. I believe we all have what it takes to be successful. I can't wait to meet you!

Notable academic challenge

After transferring here at the UW, I took the second Ochem here. I was working full time and I was living far away from campus. I was overwhelmed and excited to try everything that UW had to offer. I really did not study much for Ochem at the beginning because I was spreading myself too thin. I felt very confident because I had 4.0 the first Ochem. On the first exam, I got a 49% while the average was a 75%. I felt so crushed and did not think there was a way for me to get back from there. I reduced my hours at work and started studying during my break. I started seeing my friends during study group so that we can hang out while being productive. I watched a lot of videos from medical students to lift me up. I was able to get back up and finish the class with a 4.0. It was really surprising.

Kitty, She/her

Kitty, She/her

4th Year, B.S. Psychology

I'm excited about

People-watching, reading, graphic designing (my career before UW!), music festivals, coffee, searching for the perfect bubble tea, and getting lost in the woods.

Ask me about

I am a first-generation, low-income, transfer student working towards my B.S. in Psychology. I really love helping other students develop strategies to discover their talents and become the best version of themselves. I believe we all have what it takes to be successful. I can't wait to meet you!

Notable academic challenge

I was in my 3rd quarter of chemistry when I received my first exam back. Upon receiving my paper, I saw that I had received a grade of 41%! I tried to study harder for the next exam, but ended up failing it too. I was so upset with myself for failing when I had worked so hard. After a day of sulking, I realized I had to be more strategic with my studying -- what worked for my other classes did not work for my chemistry class. I took online quizzes, watched YouTube videos, and approached my professor for help. The hard work paid off and I got an A on my next exam! I learned that although difficult to swallow, failure is a learning opportunity for self-improvement and we must remind ourselves that our failures are just stepping stones to our success.

Mary Kay, She/Her

Mary Kay, She/Her

2nd year graduate student, M.Ed./Leadership in Higher Education, College of Education

I'm excited about

Qi gong, designing/working in my kitchen garden and hanging out with my family and two Great Pyrenees.

Ask me about

I’m a graduate student in my second year of the Leadership in Higher Education Master’s program in the College of Education. I’m a believer in the power of life-long learning and am here to help you navigate the challenges and successes of your college experiences. I look forward to connecting with you!

Notable academic challenge

In my junior year of mechanical engineering my grades began dropping drastically and I was not doing well. The major was so challenging and my heart wasn’t in it, but I had come so far. It was my first real academic challenge or “failure.” After wrestling with all my different feelings and ultimately listening to my inner voice, I withdrew for the quarter and changed my major. I struggled with feeling bad about not making it in engineering, but as I look back on my life, it was the best move for me and I never feel like I wasted time or could have planned it better. This experience is something that I’m proud of and it’s part of who I am today.

Deon, He/Him

Deon, He/Him

Senior, B.A. Business

I'm excited about

Working out, watching sports, music festivals, watching Rick and Morty, exploring and finding new places to spend my free time.

Ask me about

I am a first-generation, low-income, transfer student working towards my B.A. in Business. I believe we are all human, and we all may have times that seem like our whole world is falling apart. I am here to help you pick those pieces up, and build a solid foundation for not only your academic success but mental wellness. I look forward to assisting you, let's get this money!

Notable academic challenge

Everyone has that one class that they wish they could have done better in, or maybe just tried a little harder. Well, that was my first two quarters at the UW. I transferred in from a small community college where my largest class comprised of 23 students. The tempo was very slow paced, and the professors really wanted you to succeed. Naturally, when I got to the UW that all changed, I was required to adopt a whole new way of studying, test taking, and managing my time. I was not able to do these things, so my once almost perfect GPA took a turn for the worse, I honestly believed I was not cut out for life as a college student and contemplated dropping out after only being here for two quarters. But before giving up completely, I scheduled a meeting with my advisor to see if I had any options other than just dropping out. So, with the help of life coaches and my advisor, I was able to structure a plan to get my academics back on track. Now this was not a fix all solution, I had to be willing to dedicate myself to my schoolwork but in the end, it has helped me persevere through what I thought was my academic death sentence. Today I still struggle from time to time but mentally I am in a way better place as well as academically. Now I stand in the gap to help students like myself who need that little reassurance that we can overcome any obstacles life throws at us.

CLUE Front Desk Managers

Kassandra, she/her

Kassandra, she/her

About me

Hi! My name is Kassandra Franco, I go by Kassy, and I am one of CLUE's FDMs! I have lived in Seattle since I was 12, and before that I was in Laoag City, Philippines. I am majoring in Informatics, and hope to someday work in designing for digital wellness. In my free time, I like to read books, watch Bojack Horseman and/or the Office and/or Friends, and try different foods (my favorite, though is probably Eritrean food, specifically injera, shiro, and hard boiled eggs!).

Agazi, He/him

Agazi, He/him

CLUE Tutors: Chemistry

Xin Ray (Lead), she/her

Xin Ray (Lead), she/her

Senior, Biochemistry

I'm excited about

Organic Synthesis, Mechanisms

I've taken

CHEM 143, 153, 237-239, 241, 242, BIOC 440-442, BIO 180-220; MATH 142-162 GEN 361

Ask me about

Badminton, Manga/Anime, Singing, Movies

Notable academic challenge

The second midterm in Physics 121… I scored really badly on both of the two 20-mark questions, and my score was way below the class average. I was so frustrated and disappointed at myself, not only because I did badly, but also because I didn't put in the effort simply because I believed Physics was hard to learn. Later that quarter, I changed my attitude towards Physics, and studied smart (and hard), and did much better in my overall GPA.

David

David

Dane, he/him

Dane, he/him

Senior, Chemistry and Biochemistry

I'm excited about

inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry

I've taken

CHEM (general) 145, 155, 165, (organic) 335, 336, 239, 346, 242, (analytical) 321, (inorganic) 416, (physical) 475, 456, 457

Ask me about

music, quantum dots

Notable academic challenge

I thought I was doing well in MATH 308 but the professor didn’t release exam averages. I hadn’t taken math classes in over a year, and I had no idea how I was performing. I was very surprised at the end of the quarter. 307 went a lot better.

Ganling

Ganling

Irika, she/her

Irika, she/her

Junior, Biochemistry, Biology MCD double major

I've taken

Honors gen chem (CHEM 145/155/165), Honors OChem (CHEM 335/336/337), Honors OChem lab (CHEM 346/347)--[also] currently liking organic chemistry and basic molecular biology; Intro Bio (BIOL 180/200/220), BIOL 355

Ask me about

[For fun, I like to] read, rockclimb/boulder, Taekwondo+Arnis, make coffee, sketch

Notable academic challenge

Probably my math 126 final. I did pretty well on the midterms and quizzes which made me overconfident while studying for the final exam. I missed a big question that was almost exactly on the previous year's test. When I saw it while practicing, I thought I knew how to do it and didn't work it all the way through. My math 126 grade was not what I hoped it to be, but it was my first quarter at the UW and I learned to study better even in classes I thought I would be fine in.

Nate, he/him

Nate, he/him

Sophomore, Biochemistry

I've taken

CHEM 145, 155, 165, 237, 238, 239, 241, 242, BIO 180, 200, MATH 124, 125, 126.

Ask me about

Hiking, kayaking, salsa, and bachata.

Notable academic challenge

My biggest academic failure so far was in math 126. I scored well below average on the first midterm. I was struggling to grasp the concepts so after the first midterm I frequently went into the study center and got help from the TA's. I scored much higher on the second midterm and final exams and my final GPA in the class was good.

Sandija

Sandija

Toan, she/her

Toan, she/her

Senior, Biochemistry

I'm excited about

Organic synthesis

I've taken

General Chemistry (142,152,162); Organic Chemistry and Labs (237,238,239,241,242); Inorganic Chemistry (312); Physical Chemistry (452,453); Math (124,125,126); Stat 311; Bio (180,200,220)

Ask me about

Swimming, badminton, watching anime.

Notable academic challenge

I thought Linguistic 200 was doable so I came to class with confidence but I did really badly. It dragged my GPA down so drastically that after three years, I still have to work hard to pull my GPA up. But thinking back, I do like that class because I learned useful and interesting things that are not in my field at all. From that experience, I learn to value the knowledge, not the grade alone.

CLUE Tutors: Fab Four

Jake, Biology Tutor

Jake, Biology Tutor

Graduated Class of 2018, Physiology

I'm excited about

Metabolism, host-pathogen interactions, and nephrons!

I've taken

 Intro series, BIOL 280, 350, 354, 383, 404, 455, 462, 463, BIOC 405, 406, GENOME 361

Ask me about

Soccer, climbing, tabletop, and gardening

Notable academic challenge

I definitely understand the mental block that can come with a bad test or project grade. I completely bombed the final for Chem 238, to the point where my success on the two midterms was almost irrelevant. It was tough for me, and I was worried that because I did so poorly on that test, I was doomed to fail the next quarter. Things ended up working out, If you're worried after a recent flop, let me know and we can talk about the best ways to get through it!

Sky, Econ Tutor

Sky, Econ Tutor

Graduate, Economics

I'm excited about

Political Economy

I've taken

Applied Micro, Econometrics, many others

Ask me about

Reading, language learning, traveling

Yun, Statistics Tutor

Yun, Statistics Tutor

CLUE Tutors: Math

Vicente (Lead), he/him

Vicente (Lead), he/him

Senior, Statistics; Education, Learning, & Societies (ELS) Minor; Math Minor

I'm excited about

Calculus, Real Analysis, Fun Applications of math

I've taken

Math 125, 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 327, 328, 402, 420, 444, 445; Stats 311, 340, 341, 342

Ask me about

Music (any genre but especially Pop, R&B, Latin Pop), TV shows & Movies, & Running

Notable academic challenge

I failed an in-major CS class that I petitioned into my first quarter sophomore year. At the time I really didn't know why I was taking it mostly because other people told me to. After this quarter I really spent a lot of time trying to find what actually inspires me (although I'm still looking) and took classes in many different fields. I had a lot of fun and found out I want to work in education and that's also what brought me to the CLUE team.

Atharva

Atharva

Junior, Aeronautics & Astronautics

I'm excited about

Modelling using differential equations, Vector calculus

I've taken

124, 125, 126, 307, 308, 324, PHY 121, PHY 122, PHY 123, CHEM 142

Ask me about

Video games, baking, cooking and hiking

Notable academic challenge

In math 324 I did below average in my midterm 1 but after preparing efficiently and effectively for both the second midterm and the final exam I did really well in the class.

Basazin

Basazin

Junior, Bioengineering

I'm excited about

derivation and differential equation.

I've taken

I have taken Math 124, 125, 126, 307 and 308. I could also tutor general and organic chemistry besides math.

Ask me about

In my free time, I like to play pool and roller skate.

Notable academic challenge

When I started classes at UW, I missed up some my classes due to poor time management. All these failures taught me give some time for me and not taking many class to finish school early. I believe in Consistency and hard work.

Qiaoxue, she/her

Qiaoxue, she/her

Junior, Statistics; ACMS

I'm excited about

Differential equations, calculus, probability, and statistics

I've taken

MATH 126, 300, 308, 309, 324, 327, 394, 395; AMATH 301, 383, 401, 402, 403; STAT 390, 341, 342

Ask me about

Anime, Manga, traveling

Notable academic challenge

I took the summer quarter in my freshman year and boomed almost all my midterms. I played a lot and did not put as many efforts as I did in the regular quarters, because almost everyone around me were traveling or relaxing. After the midterms, I had to stay up late and try really hard to catch up. I learned that I should always be responsible for the choices I made.

Frances, she/her

Frances, she/her

Sophomore, ACMS (Data Science and Statistics)

I'm excited about

Calculus, differential equations, and any form of mathematical modeling

I've taken

Math 120, 124, 125, 126, 300, 307, 308, Amath 301, 352,  and Stat 311

Ask me about

Traveling, hiking, and music

Notable academic challenge

I took Math 308 my first quarter at UW and completely bombed my first midterm. I underestimated how much I needed to study and didn’t utilize any of the resources available to me. It was a good learning opportunity and it led me to reevaluate how I had prepared for the exam. I reached out for help and changed the way that I studied and was able to succeed in the class.

Gianluca, he/him

Gianluca, he/him

Senior, Mathematics

I'm excited about

Topology, or more specifically manifolds, as I'm currently taking the graduate course on it, and it's hype. Complex analysis is cool too.

I've taken

134/5/6, 334/5/6, 402/3/4, 424/5/6,  441/2/3, and 480 (A course on Fourier series, and I specify since what is taught in 480 changes based on the professor)

Ask me about

Manifolds (dude they're hype), but in none math land I like Pokemon, Warcraft, Star Wars, anime, video games, listening to music (specifically my boi Ken Ashcorp), and computer hardware.

Notable academic challenge

During Math 335, I started to not take the class as serious as I had been, and started being really lazy when it came to studying for that class. In the end, during the second midterm it really showed, to myself especially, that I truly had no understanding of what I was learning. I don't mean the you're-reading-the-textbook-and-you-have-no-clue-what-it-means-and-you-somehow-understand-it-later thing. I mean, I legit had no clue what was that material. That catastrophe stuck with me, and I ended up pulling my act together, not in time for the end of 335, but definitely for Math 336, and I performed better and I understood more.

Hang, she/her

Hang, she/her

Senior, Economics; Computer Science

I'm excited about

Linear Algebra and Math Reasoning

I've taken

MATH 124/125/126, MATH 307, MATH 308, MATH 324, MATH 300, STAT 311

Ask me about

In my free time, I enjoy looking at cute pics of puppies online, learning new cooking recipes, and cold brewing tea!

Isaiah, he/him

Isaiah, he/him

Junior, Aeronautics and Astronautics

I'm excited about

I am most excited about Laplace transforms and linear algebra.

I've taken

I have taken math 120-126, math 307, math 308, math 324, and AMATH 301.

Ask me about

Basketball, Music (mostly rap and r&b/soul), Tennis, and Anime

Notable academic challenge

When I was in chemistry 142 I did really bad on the second midterm. It was pretty discouraging because it was the first time I received a failing grade on an exam in a long time. I thought I had been studying hard up until that point, but upon receiving the bad grade I did some reflecting and realized I spent way too much time being unproductive. This motivated me to study hard for the final, and I ended up with a grade I was happy with in the end.

Jonathan, he/him

Jonathan, he/him

Senior, Physics and Astronomy

I'm excited about

Complex Analysis, Lagrangian Mechanics, Vector Calculus (Electromagnetism!), Partial Differential Equations, General Relativity, Stellar Theory

I've taken

Math 12X, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 394. Phys 12X, 224, 225, 227, 228, 321, 322, 329

Ask me about

Music, running, hiking, my cat Puma.

Notable academic challenge

I got really sick at the same time that I had my backpack, all my textbooks, and my laptop stolen from me sophomore year. I had to withdraw from the quarter, but I bounced back up again right afterward!

Kristina

Kristina

Matt

Matt

Graduated, Math

I'm excited about

Abstract Algebra, but I enjoy going full nerd on anything from unit conversion to Laplace transforms.

I've taken

Almost every math course! I can help with ACCT 215/225 and ECON 200/300. I can occasionally help with first year Physics as well.

Ask me about

Food

Notable academic challenge

I consider my greatest failure as not going to graduate school. I would like to have learned more computer science; that gap in understanding pursues me in my professional career.

Monty

Monty

Shenwei, he/him

Shenwei, he/him

Sophomore, Chemistry (ACS)

I'm excited about

Linear algebra and differential equations. I relish solving challenging math problems!

I've taken

MATH 126, 307, 308 & AMATH 352

Ask me about

I can help with math and chemistry courses. For fun, I enjoy playing video games, especially Monster Hunter World and The Witcher III. I also like discussing social psychology.

Notable academic challenge

Life taught me a pricey lesson when I failed to realize the importance of having a school-life balance. For a period of time, I concentrated solely on studying and paid little attention to anything else. Turned out this worked poorly, as you could imagine. It hurt not only my academics but also my physical health. Since then I have learned to make sure that I involve all necessary elements in my decisions, which is helping me perform well academically and in life. Slowly but surely, I am improving.

Tim, he/him

Tim, he/him

Junior, Mathematics

I'm excited about

I’m excited about pretty much anything to do with math

I've taken

Math 124,125, 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, AMath 301, 352, 383

Ask me about

Numberphile/Standupmaths videos and all things German

Notable academic challenge

While taking Physics 121 I had spent the week before the final staying up super late studying, to the point where I couldn’t have gotten a good night’s sleep before the final even if I wanted to. I was so stressed out that I ended up sleeping through the first half of the test. I still did well in the class, but I never wanted to go through that experience again so I made sure after that to always prioritize sleep over last minute studying--I also learned to set at least 3 alarms before a final!!

CLUE Tutors: Physics

Kuan (Lead)

Kuan (Lead)

Junior, Physics

I'm excited about

quantum physics and plasma physics

I've taken

phys 12x, math 12x, math 307, 308, phys 224,225,227,228.

Ask me about

Coffee brewing, guitar, and physics

Notable academic challenge

When I was taking math 126 finals, I turned in my test an hour early. When I received the grade on the final, I was not very satisfied with it because there are some mistakes I made could be avoided if I spent more time checking my answers. Even though I did pretty well on two midterms, my final grade was dragged down by the score on final. My final grade on math 126 is the lowest among all the stem classes I took.

Bert

Bert

Junior, Electrical Engineering

I'm excited about

Electromagnetism, optics, and relativity

I've taken

PHYS 121, 122, 123, MATH 124, 125, 126, 307, 308, 309, 324, CHEM 142

Ask me about

I enjoy cooking, especially learning new recipes

Notable academic challenge

I didn't get accepted into the EE program my first time applying. It was a big wake up call towards my work ethic and I used that failure as motivation to improve for my second chance.

Coco, she/her

Coco, she/her

Junior, Economics

I'm excited about

Electromagnetism, Math, and Mechanics

I've taken

Physics 121, 122, 123; Math125, 126; Math 307, 308; Amath 301, 352

Ask me about

cooking, music, swimming and ice skating

Notable academic challenge

When I took Math 308 and I was preparing for the midterm, I did lots of practice exams. For most of the practice exams, the first question is a T/F question only asking students to write down True or False. So when I have the same question during the actual exam, I did not see my instructor also asked for a example for the False situation. I basically lost the whole credits for that question.

Cory

Cory

Junior, Physics

I'm excited about

Mathematical physics, electrostatics, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics.

I've taken

121, 122, and 123, the calc series, Math 307, 308, and possibly 300.     

Ask me about

I enjoy singing, dancing, playing music, video games, reading, math, and hiking.

Notable academic challenge

I completely forgot about the comparison test for convergence/divergence testing during my very first Phys227 quiz and I ended up doing practice problems for a few hours that night.

Jonah

Jonah

Junior, Math and Physics

I'm excited about

The Lagrangian, conservation laws

I've taken

Intro series (12X); thermodynamics (224); intro to quantum (225); particles and symmetries (226); classical mechanics (329); electric circuits (334); quantum I (324). The following math classes: honors calculus (13X); intro to proofs (300); linear analysis (309); advanced multivariable calculus (324); intro to real analysis (327).

Ask me about

For fun I like to: run distance, play tabletop games, attend way too many concerts, argue about books.

Notable academic challenge

I took MATH 13X my freshman year, which is like the deluxe version of intro calculus, except by deluxe I mean that the entire class was proofs and the extra toppings make you scream. I should say me, because I personally made very negative decisions in that class. I left the homework to the last day in that class every week, and as a result, I can say without exaggeration that every single Wednesday of that academic year, I went to bed at 3 a.m. at the earliest. Once we hit matrices in that class, I think my spirit left my body for want of sleep and I drooled my way into the worst math grade I have gotten in college. The moral of the story is that planning smart helps you be smart in college.

Kelly, she/her

Kelly, she/her

Junior, Electrical & Computer Engineering

I'm excited about

Electromagnetism / Special Relativity / Waves

I've taken

Physics 121 / 122 / 123; Math 124 / 125 / 126 / 307 / 308 / 309 / 324 / 394; CHEM 145 / 155 / 165; AA 210; CEE 220; CHEM E 310; CSE 142 / 143; E E 215; M E 230

Ask me about

Playing the piano and the flute / Singing / Dancing / Swimming / Reading / Playing Bridge (Poker Games) / Cooking

Notable academic challenge

In the winter quarter of my freshmen year, I did not take advisors’ advice and decided to take three STEM courses together without balancing my workload. I felt very exhausted and sacrificed time for sleep and social life. Because of this experience, I learned to manage my time and plan my schedule more wisely. As I improved my time management skills in Sophomore year, I got to balance my college life much better while still taking three STEM courses in many quarters. I am very happy about the outcome and hope to keep improving myself in the future!

Kyle, he/him

Kyle, he/him

Senior, Physics

I'm excited about

Electrodynamics, quantum mechanics

I've taken

PHYS 12x, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 231, 294, 321, 322, 324, 334, 431; Math 12x, 307, 308, 324, 394

Ask me about

Hiking, playing music, riding motorcycles

Notable academic challenge

I was not very successful in the first physics class I took at UW, by both academic and personal standards. This worried me significantly, because at the time I was considering majoring in physics; how was I supposed to major in a subject when I struggled in the very first class? After realizing the classes are meant to be challenging I was able to change my approach to the courses. I was able to find success and enjoy the intro classes, and have maintained that momentum throughout my time in the physics department.

Luke, he/him

Luke, he/him

Junior, Comprehensive Physics and Astronomy

I'm excited about

quantum mechanics, astrophysics, and cosmology

I've taken

Intro Physics series 12x, Physics 224, Physics 225, Physics 227, Physics 228, Physics 321, Astronomy 300, Astronomy 322, Astronomy 323, Intro Math series 12x, Math 307, Math 308

Ask me about

I love camping in dense forests and hiking along streams, besides astronomy, math, and physics I'm fascinated by evolutionary psychology and nearly all topics of history.

Notable academic challenge

One academic failure that I've faced at UW was my Math 124 grade, I got 2.5 and was devastated because it's a subject I love, I worked harder and learned from my mistakes which allowed me to improve my grade each Math class I took from there on.

Maxim

Maxim

Junior, Electrical Engineering, Physics

I'm excited about

Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Special Relativity

I've taken

Physics 12X, 225, 226, 227, Math 307, 308, EE 215, 233, 235, 271, 331

Ask me about

Breakdance, music, cooking, electronics

Notable academic challenge

In my freshman year, I overestimated the amount of classes that I could take while getting adjusted to college life, and had more of a workload than I could handle, which impacted my academic performance. Over the years, I've gotten better at my time management skills and have not faced that issue since.

Pasha

Pasha

Sophomore, Physics, Math

I'm excited about

Special Relativity, Electromagnetism, Light, Waves, Mechanics

I've taken

121, 122, 123. Math 126, 308, 307, 324. 

Ask me about

Music, Plants, Gardening, Scuba Diving, Hiking.

Notable academic challenge

During Spring Quarter of my Freshman year (2016-2017) in Math 324, I accidentally showed up to my second midterm right when it ended, thinking that class started later. Because of my carelessness, I got a zero on it. But I have learned from my mistakes!

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Manjeet (Lead), she/her

Manjeet (Lead), she/her

Senior, Law, Societies & Justice

I'm excited about

Challenging and decolonizing the confines of language/writing, brainstorming ideas from a prompt, building strong arguments in persuasive writing (thesis statements), revising professional development documents (resumes, cover letters), and navigating research to reach a conclusion.

I've taken

Different writing-intensive courses including ENGL 199, AES 212, ENVIR 100, SOC 201, and a host of LSJ and POL S classes. I'm interested in writing and its interdisciplinary function!

Ask me about

Music, new movies, cooking, photography, and traveling.

Notable academic challenge

Being apprehensive to take advantage of academic resources outside of class like office hours, tutoring centers, etc. during my first quarter at UW. Now that I've finally started to seize these opportunities and realized how crucial they are to excelling, I wish I had done so sooner.

Amanda

Amanda

Junior, Human Centered Design & Engineering and Psychology

I'm excited about

Personal statements, English 1xx portfolios, and research papers regarding psychology, technology, and/or design.

I've taken

ENGL 121, BIO A 201, CSE 142, PHIL 120, INFO 200, EDUC 251, QMETH 201, DESIGN 166 PSYCH 101, 202, 209, 305, 306, 355; HCDE 210, 322

Ask me about

hiking, photography, painting, watching movies and documentaries, learning about psychological frameworks, abnormal psychology, and user interface design

Notable academic challenge

I took CSE 143 assuming the level of difficulty was similar to that of 142's. So, I never listened to the lectures and procrastinated until the last minute for homeworks and the midterm. Unfortunately, by the time I realized I was going to fail the course, no amount of last minute cramming could have saved me from bombing the cumulative final. Although the outcome of the course was unfortunate, I learnt the importance of paying attention to lectures (trust me, it is worth it), planning out my schedule accordingly to allow enough time to prepare for exams and assignments, and treating all courses equally, regardless of the presumed levels of difficulty.

Eric, he/him

Eric, he/him

Sophomore, Electrical Engineering

I'm excited about

I'm excited to read and listen to the stories people have to tell. Stories are the glue that connect us with one another, and each and every one of us has their own stories to tell. Whether it be fictitious or real, it allows us to get to know someone more closely and form meaningful bonds, which I love.

I've taken

I’ve taken ENGL 131, ESS 102 (W), and currently taking ENGL 284. Outside of writing classes I’ve taken MATH 126/307, CSE 142/143, ENGR 115, PHYS 122/123.

Ask me about

My hobbies include watching movies, binging tv shows, playing games, watching and playing basketball, listening to music all day, cooking, working out, hanging out with friends, and constantly learning new things about this world.

Notable academic challenge

I went into my CSE 142 final feeling high and mighty as I thought I had mastered the subject. I had quite a bit of programming experience under my belt during my high school days, and I somehow managed to do well on the midterm without much intensive studying. So, my ego was high and I resorted back to my way of doing things in high school when I naively thought I was pretty smart. I told myself that I knew everything and didn’t really study or do many of the practice problems given to us. Then, I got my score back and I had done way worse than I expected. This slapped me awake and helped me realize that I would need to drastically change my studying habits if I really wanted to succeed in college. My ego was put in check and I did a lot better in 143 by being attentive in class, seeking help from peers, and doing a lot of practice problems.

Hannah

Hannah

Sophomore, Linguistics & Speech and Hearing Sciences

I'm excited about

Learning about the science of language and all of the physiological and psychological components of speech

I've taken

I was a Peer Facilitator for Biology 118 and I’ve taken Ling 200. I have also taken 7 years of Latin, CSE 142, Chem 142, Math 124

Ask me about

As a native Ohioan, I love to take advantage of all the PNW has to offer, including hiking, skiing, and trail running. I also have three dogs and a cat back at home so I love animals of all shapes and sizes!

Notable academic challenge

When I was taking CSE 143 during Spring Quarter of my freshman year, I really struggled with the content prior to the midterm and didn’t know how to properly prepare. I pulled several consecutive all-nighters and skipped meals to study, but it was to no avail because I was not truly interacting with the material and my midterm grade suffered as a result. I knew that in order to improve my grade, I had to change my approach to studying and completing assignments, and a big aspect of that change had to involve overcoming my pride and knowing when and how to ask for help. After taking advantage of resources such as the IPL and allowing study breaks when I got especially overwhelmed, I was able to improve my grade beyond anything I had ever expected or hoped. More than any other, this academic experience taught me that there is no shame in seeking out help when overwhelmed with the workload and that taking care of yourself by eating properly and getting an adequate amount of sleep before an exam is just as important as studying.

Judy

Judy

Senior, Molecular Biology; History Minor

I'm excited about

I'm excited about new advancements in gene therapy and medicine enhancing the quality of life for people living with neurodegenerative diseases.

I've taken

I've taken history courses, including HST AA 337, HSTEU 276, and HSTEU 274 that introduced me to my love of history and writing. Other writing courses include English 131, FISH 464, and ARTH 260. 

Ask me about

Ask me about memes, global affairs, anime, and the best bubble tea place in Seattle.

Notable academic challenge

My notable academic failure was that I got too cocky with my first exam where I scored way above average and didn't study enough for the next one. I ended up with a 5/100 as my final score for that midterm and had to reconsider my study habits. I did much better on the final and never let myself get so overconfident for an exam again.

Tutoring philosophy

My tutoring philosophy is to encourage independent learning during all my tutoring sessions so that students can thrive and succeed on their next assignments.

Katarina, she/her

Katarina, she/her

Junior, Psychology

I'm excited about

I’m excited about helping people find their confidence in writing!

I've taken

I’ve taken several English, Sociology, Psychology and Sphsc writing classes

Ask me about

Ask me about my cats!

Notable academic challenge

I finished a class with NS due to poor time management skills, but I am now able to balance my academics while working two jobs

Maria Sherry, she/her

Maria Sherry, she/her

Senior, English Language & Literature

I'm excited about

Learning and gaining a broadened perspective through meeting all sorts of people, reading all sorts of books, and just experiencing all sorts of new things. I’m also excited about creating connections, whether it be through connecting ideas, connecting people to experiences, or making strong learning connections.

I've taken

Some of my favorite classes I’ve taken here at the UW are ENGL 307-Margins & Centers, ENGL 259-Asian American Literature, ENGL302- Critical Theories, and ENGL 345 (or CMS397). I also really like Biology & completed the entire Biology series.

Ask me about

Music, books, hiking, running and animals (I’ve watched a fair amount of animal documentaries in my lifetime).

Notable academic challenge

When I was a senior in high school I barely passed my classes. I dropped a few AP courses, and almost didn’t graduate. My first quarter in community college, I got a 2.6 in two classes that I totally bombed the finals in. But now I’m here at the UW, on the dean’s list with a 3.7. You’ll get low grades.You might think about dropping out. You might feel super discouraged at times. But you will be okay. Just keep pushing forward and don’t give up.

Sacha

Sacha

Junior, Neuroscience

I'm excited about

I, like most of us, am fascinated with how our brain, and our nervous system in general, allows us to experience the world in a uniquely human way. I am excited to learn about the biological and physiological mechanisms that underlie learning, memory, emotion, and behavior.

I've taken

I have taken ENGL 182, and numerous writing based classes through the UW Honors Program with various interdisciplinary focuses. Outside of writing and English courses, I have taken the General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Introductory Biology series, along with MATH 124 and 125, so feel free to ask me about a variety of classes.

Ask me about

I love playing and listening to music, dancing, hiking, reading, watching films, and working towards perfecting the art of making a good cup of coffee.

Notable academic challenge

I came into college thinking that I had to confidently and unwaveringly know what I wanted to study and what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. With this mindset, I restricted myself from pursuing passions outside of my pre-health track during my freshman year. At the start of my sophomore year, I realized that I needed to pop the little bubble I had created around myself. I joined clubs, returned to the extracurricular activities that I loved, and took interdisciplinary classes that broadened my knowledge in various fields. My biggest regret is not doing this sooner, but I’m glad that I have allowed myself to pursue a variety of interests that have left me feeling much more fulfilled.

Sooyong, she/her

Sooyong, she/her

Junior, English Language & Literature

I'm excited about

How writing as a vehicle expresses not only ideas, but also inherently expresses the self; how culture is carried through and is translated between languages.

I've taken

ENGL 131, 202, 302, 329, 337, 386, 471. Outside of English courses, I’ve also taken the intro MATH/CHEM sequences and a fair number of education courses.

Ask me about

I love (playing and listening to) music, have had my fair share of cooking failures, love learning all about different languages, and have a mild obsession with succulents and houseplants.

Notable academic challenge

I started off my college career in the Department of Chemistry. It took me going through the CHEM 1x2 and MATH 12x series as well as the first in the O-Chem series to realize that chemistry is absolutely not what I should be majoring in. I switched to English and took education classes that interested me, but not before my GPA had taken its toll. However, now I’m more confident in what I’m studying, and happier too. It took me two full years, a hardship withdrawal, and switching my programs of study to feel comfortable academically. I learned how important it is to remember that it's okay to take time to figure out what you’re doing and what you want to do, and in the meantime, there are plenty of on-campus resources to help you along the way!

Oliver, he/him or they/them

Oliver, he/him or they/them

Sophomore, Comparative History of Ideas

I'm excited about

Taking exciting classes in my major questioning human nature, the human mind, and our physical world.

I've taken

JSIS classes that demanded heavy writing on why questions relating to issues all over the world. 

Ask me about

I recently took a course in ceramics and it has become one of the many art interests I have. I also love cooking and one can be sure to find me indulging in fancy bakes while I am in my apartment.