Thrive 2017-2018

Thrive is a series of weekly messages in MyUW designed to help students in their first year. To learn more about Thrive or provide feedback on the project, contact Michaelann Jundt, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs at mjundt@uw.edu.

While there are many things to do as you adjust to campus life, these just-in-time tips can help you know when and what to focus on during the coming months. Created by experienced students, faculty and advisers, the messages provide pointers on how to explore opportunities and make the most of your learning experiences, meet people and connect to important campus resources, and create the foundation of your university career.

Thrive is one of many efforts of the Husky Experience — an initiative designed to help all students opt in to the kinds of experiences that comprise a vital and well-rounded 21st century education. Its focus is on the broad skills, knowledge and abilities gained through classroom learning, as well as through high impact experiences such as study abroad, jobs and internships, research and leadership projects, and participation in clubs and community organizations.

For Freshman Students

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autumnWeek 0
9.18.17
Learning Network

Making Connections

Meeting others is your key to happiness—really! The more people you meet, the more you’ll feel a sense of connection and belonging at UW. And it’s the first step to making friends.

Try this: Go to three Dawg Daze events that interest you. Find someone friendly and introduce yourself. People all over campus are excited to welcome first year students.

Learn more:

autumnWeek 1
9.25.17
Life & Wellness

All the Time in the World?

With just a few hours of classes a day, how will you spend your free time? The best way to fit in your coursework, fun, and self-care is to structure it.

Try this: Create a weekly schedule. Include classes, time for study and your job, but also time for socializing and self-care. Leave room to tweak your schedule to meet academic demands and accommodate unexpected events.

Learn more:

autumnWeek 2
10.2.17
Learning Network

Find Your People, Make Your Place

Student organizations, campus events, and volunteering are just some of the ways you can find community and build skills beyond the classroom.

Try this: Look for engaging activities that also have a strong, welcoming community. A student organization, a performance group, or sports team is a place to start. You’ll make friends and learn and grow from the people around you.

Learn more:

autumnWeek 3
10.9.17
Study Skills

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Studying well doesn’t always come naturally, but it’s not an impossible skill to master.

Try this: Pro tips from UW Faculty: attend all classes, review lecture notes promptly, join a study group (meet 90 mins/week), and become comfortable asking for help. Try forming a study group or attending office hours—both are a great way to deepen your understanding of course material.

Learn more:

autumnWeek 4
10.16.17
Study Skills

Write Better

Faced with your first college writing assignment or paper? The Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) can help.

Try this: Bring a draft to the writing consultant at OWRC — make an appointment today!

Learn more:

autumnWeek 5
10.23.17
Planning & Goals

Advisers Can Help!

Need help clarifying interests and goals? Want more information on a course of study? Partner with a general or departmental adviser to shape your academic career!

Try this: Drop in or make an appointment to see an adviser. Questions you could ask: How do I choose classes if I'm thinking about multiple majors? Are there ways to tell if a class will be good before enrolling?

Learn more:

autumnWeek 6
10.30.17
Life & Wellness

Feeling Stressed?

It's normal to feel anxious your first quarter. Thankfully, there are easy and constructive ways to help yourself feel better.

Try this: Get outdoors, exercise, eat well, and get good sleep. Talk to supportive friends and family members. You can also try meditation or simple breathing exercises.

Learn more:

autumnWeek 7
11.6.17
Exploring Directions

Choosing Classes? Get Curious

What intrigues you? What do you care about? How do you want to make a difference? Curiosity is at the heart of learning, so tune in and follow where it leads!

Try this: Find issues you care about and then browse related suggestions or search for courses and see what speaks to you.

Learn more:

autumnWeek 8
11.13.17
Study Skills

Finals Prep

The key to success, especially during finals, is to study on your own and with a study group. It’s not too late to get a group together.

Try this: Talk to others in your class! Use your group to review lecture notes, predict test questions, and practice essay responses.

Learn more:

autumnWeek 10
11.27.17
LIfe & Wellness

Money, Money, Money

Dining dollars dwindling? Coffee consuming cash? Now’s the time to get a handle on your finances.

Try this: Track your spending for a week. Then create a realistic budget (see tips below).

Learn more:

autumnWeek 11
12.4.17
Life & Wellness

You’re Almost There!

Finish the quarter strong by making healthy habits a priority. Research has shown that better sleep = better exam grades. Take care of yourself and your brain will thank you.

Try this: Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Balance individual studying with group work. Take 10 minutes to recharge every hour. Snack smart for brain power. And when you’re done, celebrate!

Learn more:

winterWeek 1
1.1.18
Planning & Goals

Welcome back!

What are your hopes and aspirations for 2017? What did you learn in your first quarter at UW that you can build on?

Try this: Set aside time for yourself — or ask a friend to join you — to take a look at the link below and choose two resolutions that speak to you.

Learn more:

winterWeek 2
1.8.18
Learning Network

Commit to Community

Develop your skills while making a difference in your community. Your passion and commitment are needed.

Try this: Volunteer on MLK Day of Service. Learn more and reflect on your leadership skills at a fireside talk.

Learn more:

winterWeek 3
1.15.18
Planning & Goals

Scholarships 101

Scholarships may still be available for this year, and many others offer funding next year for school and related activities.

Try this: Search the scholarship database based on your interests and activities. Use the filters to find scholarships that apply to you.

Learn more:

winterWeek 4
1.22.18
Planning & Goals

Considering Study Abroad?

Many students who study abroad say it changed their lives, and sometimes their course of study. Interested? Browse the student study abroad stories below!

Try this: Talk to upperclass people about their study abroad experiences to learn what might be in it for you. Or if you're ready to start planning, check out the Getting Started resource or start looking for a program.

Learn more:

winterWeek 5
1.29.18
Exploring Directions

Internships and Exploration

Want to explore an interest, gain practical experience, and add to your resume? Find an internship – or craft your own!

Try this: Learn about internships, and reflect on what you want out of the experience. Use this knowledge to guide you as you explore.

Learn more:

winterWeek 6
2.5.18
Exploring Directions

Revisiting Plans, Exploring Options

Thinking about courses for next quarter? Now is a great time to revisit plans you had when you arrived at UW. Have your interests changed? Are you drawn to something new?

Try this: Browse department websites, talk with an adviser, and take courses that interest you. These steps can help you explore majors and potential back-ups. Use MyPlan to track your course options.

Learn more:

winterWeek 7
2.12.18
Life & Wellness

Battle the Winter Blues

With dark skies, cold weather, and more time indoors, winter can impact your mental and physical health. Reach out if you're sad, rest if you're sick. Take steps to boost your winter wellness.

Try this: Take owernship for your health and healthy habits — take the Healthy Huskies pledge! Prevent illness and improve your mood by exercising regularly, eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and keeping hydrated.

Learn more:

winterWeek 10
3.5.18
Study Skills

Finals: Pace Your Prep

Say no to cramming and say yes to cardio! Prep smart for finals by planning your study strategy: solo review, time with study partners, and time for self-care.

Try this: Check out the tips below and make a study plan. Strategizing now can help you decrease stress and better retain what you've learned.

Learn more:

springWeek 1
3.26.18
Life & Wellness

Fail Forward

Viewed in the right light, challenges—even failure—can help you develop an attitude of healthy resilience.

Try this: Learn the difference between a "fixed" vs. "growth" mindset. How can you apply these concepts to your own life? Learn about the efforts of the UW Relience Lab.

Learn more:

springWeek 2
4.2.18
Planning & Goals

Experience is Golden

Internships and summer jobs can help you gain experience for your resume and money for your bank account.

Try this: For inspiration, check out 50 of the most interesting summer internships. See what Career & Internships Center events can help get you started.

Learn more:

springWeek 3
4.9.18
Learning Network

People Power: Connections Count

Want to add breadth and depth to your Husky Experience? Find people who will challenge and expand the way you think.

Try this: Choose intriguing classes. Connect with instructors and peers—ask them about their research and ideas. Google your profs as a start!

Learn more:

springWeek 4
4.16.18
Study Skills

Writing & Research Rescue

Anxious about an upcoming paper or project? Get expert advice at any stage.

Try this: Chat with a librarian (real-time help 24/7). Make an appointment at a campus writing center, or browse great online resources.

Learn more:

springWeek 5
4.23.18
Life & Wellness

De-stress with Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness can boost immunity, increase attention span, and decrease stress. And it's simple enough to do anywhere.

Try this: Mindful breathing can help calm nerves. Close your eyes; take ten slow, deep breaths. Inhale through your nose; exhale through your mouth. Focus carefully on each breath.

Learn more:

springWeek 6
4.30.18
Planning & Goals

Make the Most of Your Summer

There are lots of ways to gain experience over the next few months. Having fun trying something new!

Try this: Consider research, mentorship, or a unique summer job. Begin with the resources below, but also ask friends, family, and advisers, "What's the best summer you ever had?"

Learn more:

springWeek 9
5.21.18
Study Skills

Finals Prep Refresher

Say no to cramming and say yes to cardio! Prep smart for finals by planning your study strategy: solo review, time with study partners, and time for self-care.

Try this: Check out the tips below and make a study plan. Strategizing now can help you decrease stress and better retain what you've learned.

Learn more:

springWeek 10
5.28.18
Life & Wellness

Celebrate your Growth

You made it!! Take a moment to appreciate all the ways you've grown—in classes and beyond—during your first year at UW.

For Newly-Transferred Students (Autumn)

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Week 0
9.18.17
Learning Network

Making Connections

Meeting others is your key to happiness—really! The more people you meet, the more you’ll feel a sense of connection and belonging at UW.

Try this: Go to three Dawg Daze events that interest you. Find someone friendly and introduce yourself. People all over campus are excited to welcome transfer students.

Learn more:

Week 1
9.25.17
Life & Wellness

Welcome to UW!

Welcome to your first week at the University of Washington. Remember that lots of people are here to help you as you transition, not to college, but to UW.

Try this: Talk to people in your classes, stop by one of those information tables outside the HUB, and check out the Commuter and Transfer Commons.

Learn more:

Week 2
10.2.17
Learning Network

Find Your People, Make Your Place

There are many opportunities for learning and connection outside the classroom. Build your skills and broaden your network by connecting around campus.

Try this: Valuable connections are often right around you. Talk to a professor during office hours, strike up a conversation with someone on your commute, or explore an interest by attending a student group meeting.

Learn more:

Week 3
10.9.17
Study Skills

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Studying well doesn’t always come naturally, but it’s not an impossible skill to master.

Try this: Pro tips from UW Faculty: attend all classes, review lecture notes promptly, join a study group (meet 90 mins/week), and become comfortable asking for help. Try forming a study group or attending office hours—both are a great way to deepen your understanding of course material.

Learn more:

Week 4
10.16.17
Study Skills

Write Better

Faced with your first UW paper? Put your best foot forward by visiting The Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) to amplify and refine your skills.

Try this: Bring your paper draft to a writing consultant at OWRC — make an appointment today!

Learn more:

Week 5
10.23.17
Planning & Goals

Advisers Can Help!

Developing a good relationship with advisers can be helpful on many levels. General or departmental advisers can help you plan for your major, explore classes of interest, and start to make connections to internship and career opportunities.

Try this: Investigate information sessions or make an appointment to see an adviser. You can find out more about specific classes and check your progress toward your degree.

Learn more:

Week 6
10.30.17
Life & Wellness

Feeling Stressed?

It's normal to feel anxious your first quarter at UW. Thankfully, there are easy and constructive ways to help yourself feel better.

Try this: Get outdoors, exercise, eat well, and get good sleep. Talk to supportive friends and family members. You can also try meditation or simple breathing exercises.

Learn more:

Week 7
11.6.17
Planning & Goals

Money, Money, Money

Funding your higher education journey can be overwhelming, but there are lots of resources to help you make the most of your time (and money!).

Try this: Scholarships may still be available for this year, and it isn't too early to start thinking about next year. Remember that for financial aid, you need to have your FAFSA completed by January 15 for the 2018-19 year.

Learn more:

Week 8
11.13.17
Study Skills

Finals Prep

The key to success, especially during finals, is to study on your own and with a study group. It’s not too late to get a group together.

Try this: Talk to others in your class! Use your group to review lecture notes, predict test questions, and practice essay responses.

Learn more:

Week 9
11.20.17

Thanksgiving Week - no message

Week 10
11.27.17
Life & Wellness

Battle the Winter Blues

With dark skies, cold weather, and increased time indoors, winter can impact both mental and physical health. Reach out if you're sad, rest if you're sick. Take steps to boost your winter wellness.

Try this: Take owernship for your health and healthy habits — take the Healthy Huskies pledge! Prevent illness and improve your mood by exercising regularly, eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and keeping hydrated.

Learn more:

Week 11
12.4.17
Life & Wellness

You’re Almost There!

Finish the quarter strong by making healthy habits a priority. Research has shown that better sleep = better exam grades. Take care of yourself and your brain will thank you.

Try this: Balance individual studying with group work. Take 10 minutes to recharge every hour. Snack smart for brain power. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. And when you’re done, celebrate!

Learn more:

For Newly-Transferred Students (Winter)

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Week 1
1.1.18
Learning Network

Welcome to UW!

Welcome to your first week at the University of Washington. Remember that lots of people are here to help you as you transition, not to college, but to UW.

Try this: Talk to people in your classes, check out the Winter Dawg Daze schedule, and visit the Commuter and Transfer Commons.

Learn more:

Week 2
1.8.18
Planning & Goals

Money, Money, Money

Funding your higher education journey can sometimes be overwhelming, but there are lots of resources to help you make the most of your time (and money!).

Try this: Scholarships may still be available for this year, and it isn't too early to start thinking about next year. Remember that for financial aid, you need to have your FAFSA completed by January 15 for the 2018-19 year.

Learn more:

Week 3
1.15.18
Learning Network

Find Your People, Make Your Place

There are many opportunities for learning and connection outside the classroom. You can build your skills and broaden your network by connecting around campus.

Try this: Valuable connections are often right around you. Talk to a professor during office hours, strike up a conversation with someone on your commute, or explore an interest by attending a student group meeting.

Learn more:

Week 4
1.22.18
Study Skills

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Studying well doesn’t always come naturally, but it’s not an impossible skill to master.

Try this: Pro tips from UW Faculty: attend all classes, review lecture notes promptly, join a study group (meet 90 mins/week), and become comfortable asking for help. Try forming a study group or attending office hours—both are a great way to deepen your understanding of course material.

Learn more:

Week 5
1.29.18
Planning & Goals

Advisers Can Help!

Developing a good relationship with advisers can be helpful on many levels. General or departmental advisers can help you plan for your major, explore classes of interest, and start to make connections to internship and career opportunities.

Try this: Investigate information sessions or make an appointment to see an adviser. You can find out more about specific classes and check your progress toward your degree.

Learn more:

Week 6
2.5.18
Life & Wellness

Battle the Winter Blues

With dark skies, cold weather, and increased time indoors, winter can impact both mental and physical health. Reach out if you're sad, rest if you're sick. Take steps to boost your winter wellness.

Try this: Take owernship for your health and healthy habits — take the Healthy Huskies pledge! Prevent illness and improve your mood by exercising regularly, eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and keeping hydrated.

Learn more:

Week 7
2.12.18
Study Skills

Write Better

Faced with your first UW paper? Put your best foot forward by visiting The Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) to amplify and refine your skills.

Try this: Bring your paper draft to a writing consultant at OWRC — make an appointment today!

Learn more:

Week 8
2.19.18
Life & Wellness

Feeling Stressed?

It's normal to feel anxious your first quarter at UW. Thankfully, there are easy and constructive ways to help yourself feel better.

Try this: Get outdoors, exercise, eat well, and get good sleep. Talk to supportive friends and family members. You can also try meditation or simple breathing exercises.

Learn more:

Week 9
2.26.18
Study Skills

Finals Prep

The key to success, especially during finals, is to study on your own and with a study group. It’s not too late to get a group together.

Try this: Talk to others in your class! Use your group to review lecture notes, predict test questions, and practice essay responses.

Learn more:

Week 10
3.5.18
Life & Wellness

You’re Almost There!

Finish the quarter strong by making healthy habits a priority. Research has shown that better sleep = better exam grades. Take care of yourself and your brain will thank you.

Try this: Balance individual studying with group work. Take 10 minutes to recharge every hour. Snack smart for brain power. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night. And when you’re done, celebrate!

Learn more: