Love Sports? Check out the Intramural at UWB!

Starting here at University of Washington Bothell since a freshman, I have been actively getting involved in the community through many different ways. As a sport lover, of cause the first thing that I would like to do is to play basketball. I remember during my first week moving into Husky Village Apartment, I checked out the school map and found out that there is a basketball court on the east side of the campus, now is behind the ARC building. Being an international student at the first place, I encountered some sense of cultural shock due to the language barriers. However, this issues were wiped out quickly because of sports.

After playing a couple times at the basketball court on campus, I started to meet with other students and got to know them. One time during the game break, I heard that my friends were talking about forming teams and playing at intramural games. I got excited and jumped into the conversation saying that I would like to be a part of the team. Since then, I began to learn about the intramural sports of the school.

Intramural sports, a competition system facilitated by the school to allow students to form teams and participate in competitions. At UW Bothell, the intramural sports happen every quarter throughout the year. In Fall quarter, it offers Frisbee, Softball, Soccer and Flag Football. In Winter and Spring quarter, on top of what Fall quarter offers, it also offers Basketball, Golf and Volleyball. It has a large variety of options for students to find ways to participate in intramural sports.

How to participate? 

To participate in any of the sports, you will register through the website HERE (www.imleagues.com). You can register for your own account with your UW email address. Once you log in, you will be able to find the intramural sports happening at the school during the quarter. If you have friends who are also interested in joining, you can register the sport by forming a team. If you may happen to be only one who is very excited to join, no worries, you can register the sports as a free-agent. Some teams will reach out to you if they don’t have enough players on their teams.

Note: make sure you register for the sports early at the first two weeks after school starts, or the spots may be filled and registration may be closed.

For any questions on how to get involve in intramural sports, please feel free to reach out to uwbisab@uw.edu, the international student ambassadors are very happy to answer your questions.

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Why Electrical Engineering?

I often get asked at some point when I meet new people, what I am studying at school. I would reply electrical engineering, and people would respond “That sounds hard! You must be smart”. I do not believe someone has to be smart to major in any engineering field, I think it’s more of an interest than smartness. Yes, electrical engineering is tough but interesting! I have learned a lot in my two years here at UWB, and writing about my experience as an engineering student might be helpful for those trying to decide or wondering if engineering can be a good choice for them.

I wanted to be many things in life from a doctor, pilot, and even a race car driver. Yet, I have been lucky to grow up with my older brother with whom we shared an equal amount of curiosity. We tinkered with almost all electronics that our parents owned. My dad eventually outsmarted us and started to buy broken electronics for us to fix. So, by the time I was applying to UWB I knew what my major should be. When I started my first class in electrical engineering, BEE 215: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering, It was hard for me to make connections of what I learn in class about Kirchhoff’s circuit laws or Thevenin equivalence circuits and fixing real world things. But when I compare my engineering classes to other new skills that I learn like skiing or programming has made me aware of many similarities.

I would like to compare engineering classes to dance classes, you first have to learn the very basic moves and rhythm to be able to dance. My first year was stuffed with Fundamentals in digital design, technical writing, multivariable calculus, matrix, and circuit theory. Just like one gets bored with repeating the same dance moves over and over but doesn’t get bored to finally be able to dance the whole routine confidently, I was growing tired of solving equations, drawing circuits and not designing systems that meet real needs. As I keep taking more classes each quarter I am advancing from beginner to intermediate and hopefully reach the expert level. I am now taking classes with fancy names like BEE 425: Microprocessor system design or BEE 332: devices and circuits, it is from the basics that I first learn from BEE 215 that I have become more apparent in the overall idea of electrical engineering and its creative applications in real-world projects.

The more I advance in the completion of my electrical engineering degree, the better I see how electrical engineering is not aiming for smartness or perfection but constant improvement. I have come to appreciate the uncertainty and resourcefulness that engineering creates. Studying electrical engineering has forced me to become more perseverant and less of a perfectionist, which I have found very helpful outside of classes, too.

4 Useful Tips Final Exams Preparation

As final exams for the winter quarter are approaching. Finals week can be very stressful but they are ways you can showcase the knowledge and skills you acquired during the quarter. Preparation is a key to passing your final exams. Here are 4 useful tips on how to prepare for your finals.

  1. Review the material

Very often final exams cover all material taught during the quarter, you can refresh your memory by going through your homework, in-class exercise and past exams. Try to work on them on your own first, rather than defaulting to reference materials like solution manuals, google and other resources. This strategy will boost confidence in your aptitude for learning, while helping you remember and comprehend the material much more effectively.

  1. Practice on old exams

One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice taking past versions. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and timing yourself can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.

  1. Brain Food

You may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don’t have time to cook, but what you eat can really have an impact on energy levels and focus, so keep away from junk food. Keep your body and brain well-fueled by choosing healthy food options. The same applies on exam day, eat a good meal before the test.

  1. Sleep and rest well

Lastly, try to get enough sleep before the finals. You might feel the need to cram the night before the final but it is hardly the best strategy. You will be tired and fatigued, and your all-night session may not be productive. Instead, try to should study a couple of hours per day each day leading up to finals. Rest and sufficient sleep are your best friends if you are trying to memorize a lot of academic information for the finals.

Best of luck!

How Can You Manage Stress?

University is a great place to make friends and learn things. However, as a student, you may not only worry about homework and grades, but also about looking for a job, doing research, joining a club, getting involved in community volunteering and many other things. It can be very stressful and frustrating at times. It’s very challenging to manage all of this on you own, especially for international students, we are far away from home and living in a different environment. Feeling stress is not a bad thing, but we need to learn how to deal with this stress. University of Washington Bothell has a variety of resources to help you!

  • Get Out of the Classroom

UWB North Creek Wetland is a very beautiful place to walk around. Sometime, you just need to give yourself time to relax. See the green in the nature, stay around the quite environment or ride a bike.

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  • Counseling Center

UWB has many great counselors. When you feel stress, talking to professionals is the best way. They understand  your problem and will help you to deal with your stress.

  • Activities and Recreation

UWB has more than 80 clubs. These clubs host different events throughout the year. Go to events and activities and make friends.

  • Exercise

ARC Fitness Center is open for all UWB students. It is located in the ARC. Go workout after or before your classes. Sweat can relax your body.

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What I learned from the STEM Mentor Talk

On Tuesday 13th our amazing international student advisor Oz invited a group of student to share their experience on CPT. I am so glad I attended, and I would like to share with you what I learned from the students.

These are the tips they shared with us on how to search, apply, prepare for call interviews, and land an internship.

The Application Process

Whether you plan to apply online or plan to attend a career fair, you can use these strategies.

Have projects going on: Personal projects matter a lot especially if you have no experience in you field of study. Lab work counts too, write these experiences on your resume.

Create an effective resume: Get help from careers service to tailor your resume to your personal experiences, let it showcase your strengths.

Research the company you are interested in: Pretty much stalk the company, know what they do, read the job descriptions carefully, know what skills they are looking for, also find ways on how you will fit in, if you are offered an internship.

Attend career fairs: Attend as many career fairs as you can, it will improve your confidence when talking to recruiters and will have an insight on what to expect from recruiters.

During The Career Fair

Most the students at the panel got internships from career fairs and this is what they had to say.

Make connections: Try to connect with the recruiters, smile, ask question and speak clearly. Talk to recruiters you are less interested first to build confidence and to know what questions to expert when you final meet with recruiters from the companies you want to work for.

Stand out: Sell yourself to recruiters talk about your achievements “humble brag” and be mindful of the time. You’ll be competing with many other students, share with recruiters what makes you unique.

Be confident: Recruiters do not expect you to be an expert in your field, so present yourself with confidence.

The Phone Interview

Neither of the students was excited about the phone interview, one of the student shared his story on how he missed the interview call because he thought it was a commercial call. When he followed up with the company, they told him that they reached out but he did not answer the call and unfortunately, the position was filled.

Answer calls: If you applied for an internship or attended the career fair they suggested that to answer all call so you don’t miss out on the opportunity.

Practice what to say: One of the student prepared to the interview call by reserving a room at the library to practice what to say when he gets the call.

With these tips in hand, I think I am ready to attend the career fair tomorrow February 15th at UW Seattle. Please check back for an update on my experience at the career fair!

Host: Oz Bilen, Advisor

Panel Speakers: Moe, Tue Lang, Thuan, Khulan and Evelyn

I would like to thank Oz for organizing this event and thanks to all these awesome students who took their time to share their stories and experiences with us.

Fun Things to do at UWB

Take a break from studies and enjoy these fun activities on campus.

  1. Hike the wetlands trail trail
  2. Play video games, pool table, foosball, ping pong at the ARC building
  3. Weekly movie night
  4. Hangout with friends
  5. Attend on campus club events
  6. Seasonal outdoor activities hosted by outdoor wellness center
  7. Watch birds migrationbirds
  8. Intramural sportssports
  9. Workout at the gym
  10. 3D printing at the Maker Space
  11. Have lunch or just sit and relax at Rose Garden near Truly Houserose garden
  12. Meditate and reflect at Reflection room

The Reflection Room is located at UW1 – 007 it provides a space to seek quiet meditation and reflection for the UW Bothell campus community. This space is open during business hours and do not require reservations.  Campus reflection room

  1. Food truck

Try out some delicious food from the food trucks located in front of the ARC building. Review the schedule here Food Truck Schedule

Join a Club – Get Involved!

Now that you are officially a Husky at UWB, you may be wondering what’s next. How are you going to make friends, get to know the city of Bothell and maintain a good GPA. How do all of these without having a break down?

Well, at University of Washington Bothell there are over 100 opportunities for you to explore, grow, lead and share, with support from a variety of offices like Student AffairsRecreational & wellness Services, Center for International Education and Clubs and organizations.

Student organizations can be an important part of your growth during your college career. Not only do they provide the resources needed to succeed in the world, they can give you some of the best people you’ve ever met, building friendships that last a lifetime. Student organizations can give you access to opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Being involved can be important to your attitude toward college that can either make or break your stay. I have listed a few clubs that I think might interest you and that could upgrade your experience here at UWB.

  1. International Club

One of the most diverse club at the University of Washington Bothell. Their goal is to connect all different nationalities into a common place, they often host outdoors activities and enjoy the recreational times with members and outside community. 

  1. Intramural Sports

UWB Intramural Sports program creates an environment where students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to gather and participate in various sport and leisure activities regardless of skill level and ability. Intramural Activities are comprised of traditional team sports with leagues and playoffs, as well as leisure activities and tournaments. The program is open to any currently enrolled student at UWB. Keep an eye on this website and IMLeagues for dates and details.

  1. Academic club

Biology major? Sign up for Biology club. Mathematics Major? Sign up for the Mathematics Society Club.  Many disciplines at UWB have either a club or a program dedicated to helping students expand their knowledge of the given field. Also, they will introduce you to other people with similar interests to you. You’ll probably meet people who can give you recommendations for which teachers or classes to take. These clubs can often connect you with alumni in your field of interest– think internships!!

And, if you’re looking to apply to graduate school after undergrad, these clubs give you the experience you’re desperate for when it comes to research skills.

  1. Student Government

To learn more about why and how things that happen at your UWB happen, look no further than the Student Affairs. You’ll be much more aware and capable of voicing opinions about your UWB’s on-going activities. Plus, the opportunity to gain leadership experience is priceless.

  1. Religious groups

There are several religious clubs here at UWB. These clubs allow students to maintain their religious traditions, or explore new ones in a supportive community setting.

  1. Outdoor wellness program

Adventures begin here! Get to explore the Seattle area while increasing your outdoor knowledge and development skills. They organize fun trips and activities and provide free equipment rental services to students. Check out their website for exciting upcoming trips. Outdoor-wellness/outdoor-trips

  1. Start your own club

Do you have an interest in a club that doesn’t exist yet? Start your own club! Not only does this look good to future employers, but it gives you the opportunity to get involved with something you really enjoy.

Become an active member of campus life, make new friends while expanding your horizons with special guest lectures, community services, outdoor trips, learning opportunities, and many more. To see all the clubs and organizations that are currently active, please visit OrgSync.