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The CLUE Team

Front Desk Staff

Anusha Akella

Front Desk Manager

Hi! I'm a junior, majoring in psychology and minoring in informatics. One day I hope to become a child therapist with my own clinic. I enjoy learning about child therapy and emotions. For fun I like to dance and I'm on UW's premiere Indian classical dance team, Natya UW. I also enjoy cooking and meeting new people. A random fun fact about me is that I can touch my tongue to my nose!

Kassy Franco

Front Desk Manager

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 minoring in Global Health, and hope to someday work in either health research or health policy. In my free time, I like to read books, spend time with friends and family, watch TV, and try different foods (my favorite, though is probably Eritrean food, specifically injera, shiro, and hard boiled eggs!). This year, I hope to have more of a growth mindset and to be more kind in general!

Lead Tutors

Maddy Bennett

Lead Writing Center Tutor

Subject: Writing 

Major: Psychology

Year: Junior 

I’m excited about Organization, clarifying ideas, finding the perfect word, and changing writing to a joy rather than an obligation. I've taken English 298 and several classes with writing components including JSIS 200 and JSIS 201. I can tutor LSJ 200, Psych 101, 202, & 209. Also Poli Sci 270.Ask me about Stand-up comedy (watching and performing), knitting, reading, cooking. What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you faced at UW? I assumed Bio 118 would be an easy 4.0, so I didn't go to the outside of class optional study sessions. I thought I was too good for these review groups that the professor had set up, but I changed my tune when I got a D on one of the midterms! I opened my mind to seriously learning from the course instead of coasting through it, and started going to the "optional" sessions, which were actually kind of fun. It was week 6, but I still emerged okay.

 

 

 

Hayley Owens

Lead Math Tutor

Subject: Math 

Major: Math 

Year: Senior 

I'm excited about Differential equations, Fourier series. I’ve taken 124, 125, 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324. Ask me about Reading, skiing, puzzles, hanging out with friends. What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you faced at UW? In math 126 I didn't fill out a whole page of a midterm and had a projected 1.7 grade after that test. After studying a ton for the next midterm and final I got it up to a grade I was happy with!

Owen Vickrey

Lead Chemistry Tutor

Subject: Chemistry

Major: Biochemistry and Philosophy

Year: Graduated

I’m excited about Mechanisms; Stoichiometry. I’ve taken 237; 238; 239; 241; 242; 312; 455; 456; 460. Ask me about Movies; card games. What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you faced at UW? I did so poorly in BIOL 180 and 200 the first time around that I had to re-take them.

Teddy Paris

Lead Physics Tutor

Subject: Physics

Major: Mathematics

Year: Senior

I’m excited about Mechanics and modeling waves. I’ve taken 2X, calc series, Math 300, 307, 308, 309. Ask me about Puzzle solving and mathematics. What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you faced at UW? I took and art history course and was basically put to sleep every class. Consequently I stopped going but the textbook didn't quite contain enough info to succeed in the class using it alone so my final grade was my worst at UW.

Chemistry

Kieran

Junior, Biochemistry

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I'm excited about: Organic chemistry, biochemistry, mainly chemistry in biological systems!
I've taken:

142, 152, 162, 237, 238, 239, 241, 242, BIOC 440, 441, and 442. 

Ask me about: Basketball, football, hiking, lifting, and genetics research.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: My first ever quiz in college was in MATH 124. The professor said that if you received a score of less than 15/50 then you should drop the class. I got a 10/50 but instead chose to stick with it and ended up doing well in the class!

Dane

Junior, Chemistry and Biochemistry

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I'm excited about: Organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry
I've taken:

honors general chemistry (145-165), honors organic chemistry (335-336), organic chemistry lab (241), MATH 307, ITAL 101-103

Ask me about: play bass guitar, go on walks
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Joey

, Biochemistry, Chemistry, English

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I'm excited about: inorganic/transition metal chemistry since I did some research in that field, and I also love spectroscopy
I've taken:

I have taken the OChem series + labs (237, 238, 239, 241, 242), the PChem series (455, 456, 457), Inorganic + lab (312, 317), Transition Metals (416), Spectroscopy + lab (460, 463), and Quantitative Analysis (321). Closely related to chemistry, I have also taken the Intro Biology series (180, 200, 220) and the short Biochemistry series (405, 406).

Ask me about: I love dabbling in a lot of different things, but one activity I always go back to is reading. Some of my favorite authors are Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, W.B Yeats, and Octavia Butler. In addition to reading a lot, I’ve been trying to get back into golf, but college and free time always seem to be at odds with one another.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: Honestly, I never really explored my options. My first quarter I signed up for my STEM classes and set myself down the path to becoming a Chemistry major. Although I love Chemistry, I have just as much passion for my English major, and I wish I explored other fields such as Anthropology and the Classics.

Xin Ray

Junior, Biochemistry

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I'm excited about: Organic Synthesis, Mechanisms
I've taken:

CHEM 143,153, 237-239, 241, 242, BIO 180-220; MATH 142-162

Ask me about: Badminton, Manga/Anime, Singing, Movies
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Samantha K.

Senior, Bioengineering

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I'm excited about: Thermodynamics
I've taken:

CHEM 142, 152, 162, 237, 238, 239, 241, 242, MATH 124, 125, 126

Ask me about: I enjoy playing soccer, biking and hiking.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I entered AMATH 301 (a coding course) with no former coding experience, so at first it was difficult to keep up with my classmates. I dedicated a lot of time to homework and troubleshooting, which helped me improve over time.

Morgan

Junior, Materials Science and Engineering

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I'm excited about: Orbitals, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Kinetics, Spectroscopy
I've taken:

142, 152, 162, 223, 224

Ask me about: Iron, tea, sewing, tabletop role-playing games, Pokemon, astrobiology, and planetary geology
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: On my second midterm in AA210, I got a 35/100. The class average on that exam wasn't very high, but I was definitely below it, and my score on the first exam was also below average. Luckily, I did much better on the final, which saved my grade in that class.

Owen

Senior, Biochemistry and Philosophy

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I'm excited about: Mechanisms; Stoichiometry
I've taken:

237; 238; 239; 241; 242; 312; 455; 456; 460

Ask me about: Movies; card games
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I did so poorly in BIOL 180 and 200 the first time around that I had to re-take them.

Peyton

Junior, Chemistry

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I'm excited about: Organic Synthesis, Spectroscopy, Acids/Bases
I've taken:

142-162, 237-239, 241-242

Ask me about: Swimming, Watching Football+Basketball, Crafting, Cooking+Baking, Dogspotting
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: Going into my first quarter here, I kept up my same study habits from high school, which was basically doing the bare minimum studying and work I could get by with to get credit for everything and going into the test. At UW, my first midterms in CHEM 142 and MATH 126 both went pretty awful. Both things I love and am pretty good at I was surprised realizing just how much work I would have to put in to keep up with all of the students here and to make sure I am really learning. In the end I brought my grade up with the other tests in that class and I saw a drastic difference between my first midterms and second set.

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Jake

Graduated Class of 2018, Physiology

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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
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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!

Harsh

Senior, Computer Engineering (major), Mathematics (minor)

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I'm excited about: Distributed Systems and Machine Learning
I've taken:

CSE 142, 143, 311, 312, 331, 332, 333, 341, 344, 351, 369, 446, 451, 461, 473, 474, 484, 552 & EE 27, Math 12x, Math 307, 308, Physics 12x

Ask me about: Programming, Badminton, Chess, Reading books
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: During my last academic year, I took a lot of classes at once, while working with clubs and on side projects at the same time. This led to issues with time management, which eventually affected my overall GPA. I consider that to be an academic failure here at UW.

Jun

Gradute Student, Master in Statistics

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I'm excited about: Machine learning, computer vision, neural network, regression, and classification.
I've taken:

Statistical Methods, probabilities, experimental design, statistical inference, statistical computing, applied regression, non-parametric regression and classification, advance regression methods, and machine learning.

Ask me about: Statistics, linear algebra, Python, R, food, buffet, and reading books.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I did 20 hours part-time work along with my graduate study. Because of overwhelming volume of work and study, I failed to manage my time properly, and I got low GPA on that quarter.

Sky

Graduate, Economics

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I'm excited about: Political Economy
I've taken:

Applied Micro, Econometrics, many others

Ask me about: Reading, language learning, traveling
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: pass

Math

Basazin

Junior, Bioengineering

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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.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Samantha G.

Senior, Math

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I'm excited about: Differential Equations, Multivariable Calculus, and Probability
I've taken:

Math 125, 126, 307, 308, 309, 300, 324, 327, 394, 395

Ask me about: I can help in intro Economics and Accounting classes. I love hiking, sudoku, and sleeping
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: One quarter I decided I wanted to take an "easy" class to lighten my load. I wasn't interested in the subject at all and didn't really put much effort into it. I was actually doing pretty well academically until I realized that I never submitted a project that was worth 10% of my grade. I even had it written in my planner but had just forgot. I worked very hard the rest of the quarter and still ended up with a low grade that ironically hurt my GPA. Now when I try to balance my course load for the upcoming quarters, I make sure I will be engaged in every class.

Jack

, Math

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I'm excited about: I love math, and in particular creative problem solving. I hope to inspire other students to appreciate and enjoy math
I've taken:
Ask me about: In my free time I like to go on hikes and adventures, but if the weather is poor I’d prefer to stay inside and read about philosophy or play video games. I’m very passionate about learning, and I hope I can help others learn through my tutoring at CLUE!
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: Pass

Gianluca

Junior, Mathematics

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I'm excited about: Complex Analysis
I've taken:

 Math 134, 135, 136, 334, 335, 336

Ask me about: I could assist with first year Italian, but nothing further than that I'm confident in. Also ESS 101 or 102. I like to watch anime, play video and board games, and listen to music.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Hayley

Junior, Math

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I'm excited about: Differential equations, Fourier series
I've taken:

124, 125, 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324

Ask me about: Reading, skiing, puzzles, hanging out with friends
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: In math 126 I didn't fill out a whole page of a midterm and had a projected 1.7 grade after that test. After studying a ton for the next midterm and final I got it up to a grade I was happy with!

Frances

Sophomore, Bioengineering

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I'm excited about: Differential equations, Multivariable Calculus
I've taken:

MATH 126, 307, 308, AMATH 301

Ask me about: Bioengineering without Borders, IGEM, Crochet, Listening to Music, Going to see Improv, plays, and musicals
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: While I did well in English 131, I found that the class did not challenge me and because of this I did not enjoy the class. I consider this my most distinct academic failure because I did not have the opportunity to learn, and that is my goal in each class I take.

Janice

Senior, ACMS, Economics

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I'm excited about: Stochastic process, approximation, numerical analysis, optimization and modeling.
I've taken:

MATH126, 300, 307-309, 324, 327, 328, 381, 390, 394-396, 427, 464

Ask me about: Coding in Java, R, and Matlab, cooking, traveling, and listening to music,
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: My CSE142 grade was relatively low. I changed my study method and got a satisfying grade in CSE143.

Francesca

Senior, Materials Science & Engineering

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I'm excited about: Differential equations and applied math
I've taken:

MATH 124, 125, 126, 307, 308. AMATH 301, 353, CHEM 142, 152, 162

Ask me about: I like to try foods of different cultures, find new recipes, exercise, and bullet journal.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: My first quarter at UW I wasn't happy with my chemistry grade, and I realized I was doing the bare minimum (homework does not count as studying). The following quarter, I formed study groups and did almost all the practice problems from each chapter on my own. I was ecstatic with my grade that quarter.

Isaiah

Senior, Mathematics

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I'm excited about: Probability, Topology, Differential Equations
I've taken:

124, 125, 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 327, 328, 340, 402, 424, 427, 428, 441, 480;  Can help with some Physics and Engineering classes (Phys 12X, Statics, Dynamics)

 

Ask me about: Read, Hike, Play Video Games
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I misread the time of a final and completely missed it, thereby receiving a zero on it. Fortunately, I had been doing well enough in the class that I was still able to pass.

David

Graduated 2018, Mathematics with a minor in philosophy.

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I'm excited about: logic, proofs, and using Wolfram Alpha.
I've taken:

MATH 134, 126, 300, 307, 308, 309, 324, 327, 328, 394, 395, 411, 412, 424, 444, 445. I can tutor a bit of logic, and introductory physics.

Ask me about: I enjoy listening to podcasts, running, and playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I did extremely poorly on all the exams in a math class my freshman year. What I learned with others is that one's ability to be good at something isn't determined by GPA.

Matt

Graduated, Math

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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: For fun, I mostly like to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest: Hiking, Biking, Swimming, Snowboarding, Kayaking, anything outside.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Atharva

Junior, Aeronautics & Astronautics

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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
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Reva

Junior, ACMS - Discreet Math and Algorithms

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I'm excited about: Calculus and Geometry
I've taken:

Math 124, 125, 126, 307, 308, 309, CSE 142 

Ask me about: I love to play basketball, go to pretty parks, read ( literally anything) and taking naps
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: My first quarter at UW, I wasn't used to the quarter system and was very disorganized because high school didn't demand the level of planning and prep that college does, and because I was taking classes whose content I was familiar with. I overestimated how prepared I was for the first wave of midterms and did poorly in all the subjects I was taking. Because the first set was so bad, I got demotivated and the second round wasn't much better. I learned to not take my time for granted and definitely plan ahead of time. I learned to never overestimate my preparedness for any exam and that practice of the content and not just the knowledge of it, was 'integral' (haha) to doing well!

Vicente

Junior, Statistics

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I'm excited about: Calculus & Real Analysis.
I've taken:

125,126,300,307,308,309,324,327,328,402

Ask me about: Music (any genre but especially Pop, R&B, Latin Pop), TV shows & Movies, Running, & HGTV
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: Pass

Kira

Senior, Bioengineering

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I'm excited about: Integral Calculus, Modeling real-world systems
I've taken:

125, 126, 307, 308, AMATH 301, Phys 121 and 122, Chemistry 142, 152, and 162 

Ask me about: Tennis, yoga, cooking, reading, hanging out with friends
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: Math 308 did not come naturally to me, and at first it was a class that I really struggled with. After the first midterm I was not happy with my grade and understanding of the material, so I used resources like study groups, the math study center, and my TA to supplement my studying. After a lot of hard work, I ended up doing much better on the second midterm and the final and got a grade I was happy with in the class.

Physics

Aleezah

Junior, Comprehensive Physics and Astronomy

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I'm excited about: Applying physics to astronomy
I've taken:

12X series, 224, 225, 227, 228.

Ask me about: I love reading (Harry Potter is my fav)
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: Doing very poorly in Chem 142 which was one of my first ever classes at UW and being very disheartened because I thought I wanted to major in BioChem.

Cory

Junior, Physics

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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.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Bayu

Junior, Physics and Astronomy

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I'm excited about: Mechanics, special relativity, or anything related to astrophysics
I've taken:

PHYS 11X, 224,225,227,228,  ASTR 300,321,322,323,480, Python programming.

Ask me about: Soccer, salsa dancing, hiking, bouldering, running, biking
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I consider my work done in PHYS 225 to be an academic failure. I felt as though I slipped off the rails at the very beginning of the class and never really got back on. It was a real struggle and I did not enjoy any of it. I have never had a class that went so poorly for me and I hope it does not happen again. I will also do what ever I can to prevent it and take what I learned from my mistakes to help tutees in similar situations.

Pasha

Sophomore, Physics, Math

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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.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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!

Evan

Junior, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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I'm excited about: Learning how things that we encounter every day work, like gravity, electronics, eyesight etc.
I've taken:

21, 122, 123, Calc series, 124, 125, 126.

Ask me about: UW club soccer, hiking, biking, and skiing, and the outdoors.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: One academic failure that I faced at UW was not doing as well as I hoped on the PHYS 123 Final, I thought I was very prepared but it turns out that I did not do as well as I'd hoped. This in turn caused me to get a lower grade than I wanted/hoped for. This was hard for me because I really felt that I knew the material that was on the test, and this caused me to rethink all of the material that I thought I knew.

Jonah

Junior, Math and Physics

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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.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Maxim

Junior, Electrical Engineering, Physics

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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
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Kuan

Junior, Physics

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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
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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

Junior, Electrical Engineering

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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
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Teddy

Junior, Mathematics

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I'm excited about: Mechanics and modeling waves
I've taken:

2X, calc series, Math 300, 307, 308, 309

Ask me about: Puzzle solving and mathematics
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I took and art history course and was basically put to sleep every class. Consequently I stopped going but the textbook didn't quite contain enough info to succeed in the class using it alone so my final grade was my worst at UW.

Writing Center

Gage

junior, English with a creative writing focus.

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I'm excited about: writing-- be it essays, poetry, etc.
I've taken:

 English 202, 204, 283, 284, 294, 302, 320, 335, 383, 384. I could help with the writing portion of any class, but not the content.

Ask me about: For fun I like to spend time with friends, explore Seattle, and make horrendous puns.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: An academic failure that I experienced at the University was an assignment to read and write a response to Karl Marx's writing from "Capital." Not only did I not understand the reading, but I had no idea how to respond to it. I arrived at class asking everyone else how they responded hoping I wasn't the only one who had struggled. I ended up rambling through my response when the Professor asked me what I thought about it. And although I thought this was a highly embarrassing moment, others from that class told me they hadn't noticed because they were trying to understand the material too. Ultimately I learned a lot about Marx's work through listening and hearing what other's wrote about it and through class discussion.

Noor

Senior, Architectural Design

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I'm excited about: I love reading essays about film. I also enjoy research papers, especially about political or social issues.
I've taken:

In my subject I have taken English 131. I have also taken various political science and architecture classes that had several writing assignments.I have completed the Spanish minor and am two classes away from completing the math minor, so I could help in those subjects as well! I also could help with anything related to architecture.

Ask me about: For fun I enjoy reading, traveling, spending time with family/friends, and watching Spanish soap operas.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I am still learning how to balance classes and time for self-care. I spent a good majority of my time at UW focused mainly on academics, but have since found that a balanced life leads to an overall more fulfilling and positive experience as a student.

Manjeet

Sophomore, Law, Societies & Justice

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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, LSJ 200 and LSJ 321. I'm interested in writing and its interdisciplinary function!

Ask me about: Music, new movies, cooking, photography, and traveling.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Yemas

senior, meteorology and communication: journalism.

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I'm excited about: I’m fascinated by cloud dynamics as well as how immediately impactful weather can be in our daily lifestyles. Weather communication is important to how we function as a society. Like, should you wear a Patagonia windbreaker tomorrow or is it warm enough to pull off a Kirkland V-neck tee? Maybe somewhere, Tommy’s soccer practice might get canceled, because it’s going to hail golf balls. I dunno. Check the weather app or even better, follow a local meteorologist in your area on Twitter. I also like journalism in news, because it provides avenues for people inside and outside the field to improve their news literacy and also just because “Knowledge is king,” as quoted from one of my past sources. When you are getting the scoop in every crevice, your world augments tenfold.
I've taken:

I've taken several of the core courses for atmospheric sciences as well as your typical starter pack in math, applied math, physics, quantitative science, etc. I have pretty much completed my journalism degree. Ask me about news! I have taken lots of math classes, but my heart belongs to English.

Ask me about: I actually run an Instagram page dedicated to cool weather events. (I will never tell you the handle.) Other than that, I like to bake and frequently “sight stroll” with loved ones on mellow temperate evenings, but more so I have an obsessive habit of staying current with local and national news.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: My academic failure is not discovering earlier the fields in which I wouldn’t mind working for the rest of my life. I explored several other majors before hitting the jackpot during the beginning of my junior year. In hindsight, I should’ve paid less attention to mainstream majors and read the entire list of offered majors as a freshman.

Fai

Senior, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

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I'm excited about: reading all the variety of papers and learning about all these different topics. I do a lot of writing in my major and love how there are so many resources like the writing center and librarians on campus.
I've taken:
Ask me about: astrology; I can guess your sign!
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: My first year was hard because I did not know who and/or how to ask for help. Working in the writing center has been very rewarding.

Izzy

Senior, History (emphasis in Empires and Colonialism), Minors in Diversity and Education, Endorsements in History and Social Studies

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I'm excited about: meeting UW students, and creating relationships with them while simultaneously guiding them with a growth mindset towards success in writing and thinking!
I've taken:

ENGL 198, 310, GEOG 123, HSTAA 110, 310, GWSS/HSTAA 374, &432, HSTAS 211, HSTCMP 340, 485, ART H 202, POL S 202 

Ask me about: anything regarding history! As you can tell, I am a huge fan and will love to talk about that. I also enjoy talking about issues in education and how to improve it. Additionally, I love nitpicking over word choice so if you would like to do that, I'm your girl!
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I consider an academic failure of mine to be not exploring fields or classes I think I would enjoy. In order to complete my major, minors, and endorsements, I have only been able to explore classes to fulfill requirements. As a result, once those requirements are completes, I do not have time to explore anything else. If I have time I hope to remedy that failure my taking more history classes that I am interested in, as well as exploring majors likes POL S, JSIS, CHID, and GWSS!

Maddy

Junior, Psychology, intended International Studies

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I'm excited about: Organization, clarifying ideas, finding the perfect word, and changing writing to a joy rather than an obligation
I've taken:

ENGL 298. JSIS 200, 201, 416, and 476. LSJ 200, HSTAM 320, PSYCH 101, 202, 209, and 315. POL S 270, ANTH 322. Those are just the most relevant classes to writing, so feel free to ask me about others, too.

Ask me about: Stand-up comedy (watching and performing), knitting, reading, cooking
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I assumed Bio 118 would be an easy 4.0, so I didn't go to the outside of class optional study sessions. I thought I was too good for these review groups that the professor had set up, but I changed my tune when I got a D on one of the midterms! I opened my mind to seriously learning from the course instead of coasting through it, and started going to the "optional" sessions, which were actually kind of fun. It was week 6, but I still emerged okay.

Amanda

Junior, Human Centered Design & Engineering and Psychology

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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
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Ray

Senior, English (Language and Literature)

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I'm excited about: I'm a huge lover of niche perspectives and concentrations within English (and writing in general); for example, I took a course dedicated to understanding the complexities of mother-daughter relationships in Russian folklore, and I'm also enrolled to take a class about writing and talking with non-human animals, as well as a class on the undead (vampires, zombies, and the ruins of modernity)
I've taken:

ENGL 200, 202, 242, 297, 302, 315, 332, 334, 342, 346, 368, 379, and 422, as well as C LIT 230, 252, and 424; currently enrolled in ENGL 452 and C LIT 496 for Fall 2018

Ask me about: As an English major, I love to read, write, and edit, but besides these activities, I love to nap, draw, make prints and pottery, listen to music, and point out cute animals in public.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I've taken two Astronomy classes (ASTR 101 and ASTR 150), and while I did love the larger/more general concepts and the professors, it was always difficult for me to fully understand the finer details; even though they were 100-level courses, I definitely struggled in them, which caused a great deal of frustration for myself. I had different expectations for myself, and I didn't meet them in these classes, so I definitely marked them as personal and academic failures. However, I've definitely learned a lot about myself, my expectations, and my capabilities.

Hannah

Sophomore, Linguistics & Speech and Hearing Sciences

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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!
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: 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.

Will

Graduate, English

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I'm excited about: Argumentative Theses, Consolidating Research, Intertextual Analysis
I've taken:

English 111, Critical Practice, English 472...as well as any class that requires writing (even STEM courses). 

Ask me about: Higher Education/Educational Access, Basketball, Reading, Video Games.
What is something you consider to be an academic failure that you have faced at the UW: I once took on too many credits one quarter and had to withdraw from a class.