My First Day

It was September.  I had arrived at the airport and had to find my own way to my new dormitory.  It was difficult to communicate fluently with others because my first language was so different from the language in this country.  I was full of emotion, both good and bad.  I was nervous and excited; scared and ecstatic; shy and adventurous.


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My Dormitory Building

Arriving at the dormitory, I didn’t know anybody else.  The others were from many different countries.  Some of them had already been here for years, and others had also just arrived like me.  I was pretty tired from the trip, so the first thing I wanted to do was go to my room and take a shower.  It had been quite a long flight after all…


I wanted to sleep, but I couldn’t.  There was just too much to see and experience!  I knew that the best way to get off the right foot was to meet new people.  But how do I approach them?  What do I say?  Doesn’t matter, just go say “Hi” and introduce myself.  So that’s what I did.  And because I forced myself to take that initiative, I met two other students from England and the Netherlands.

Sampoji Pond, Shakujii Park, Tokyo.
Park near our dormitory


All three of us had just arrived that day.  We talked about our thoughts of our new home, as well as where we came from.  And what were we supposed to do on our first day in this new country?  Of course, we decided to simply take a walk!  We walked for a couple hours before we found a small bar where we decided to have a drink.

After returning to the dorm, I tried to sleep.  The time difference between here and my home country was 16 hours.  Or was it 17?  I was too tired to remember, but not tired enough to sleep.  I thought about the day I had just experienced.  I had just traveled around the world and was now trying to sleep in a bed…that was in a room…that was in a building…in one of the largest cities in the world.  A building full of strangers, soon to be friends, who all shared the same feeling as myself…a feeling of loneliness accompanied by unrivaled excitement.

I laid there thinking about my first day.  It is a day that I’ll never forget.  My first day that I was fully immersed in a foreign culture.  My first day in Tokyo, Japan.  My first day as an international student.  A day that I’ll never forget.

Do you remember your first day?

Tokyo, Japan

UWB Business Students: Here is how you can be eligible for STEM OPT extension!

We are excited to announce that the School of Business’s Supply Chain Management concentration here at UW Bothell is on immigration’s designated STEM Degree eligibility list. This means that after you complete your first year of OPT, you are eligible to apply for two more years of OPT through the STEM OPT extension!


What Kinds of Jobs Can I Do in Supply Chain Management?

This area of business has a lot of opportunities, whether you are interested to work for a small or even global company.  The WOIS has some great information about the types of jobs and what your daily work would look like an employee in the Supply Chain Management field. For example, this is a list of what kinds of daily tasks you could expect to do in the field:

  • Create and use supply chains that help businesses with changing market conditions, environmental impacts, or cost reduction.
  • Manage supply chain sales, marketing, costs, production, routes, and quality.
  • Manage purchasing, material needs, inventory control, warehousing, or receiving.
  • Help manage product changes or new product launches. Make sure product supply meets demand for the product.
  • Pick suppliers based on factors such as performance and environmental impact.
  • Use new technology to analyze inventory. Use data to check inventory use, reduce waste, or improve customer service.
  • Ensure access to materials and products. Talk with supply chain planners to predict demand, create supply plans, or recycle waste.
  • Make rules for testing supply chain factors such as product cost and impact on the environment.
  • Create and use plans for tracking and storing materials or products that produce less pollution.
  • Test products to check the environmental impact of every part of their creation, use, and disposal.
  • Create programs to reduce waste connected with product disposal such as computers.

Also, here is an awesome chart to get an idea of the entry level to experienced position you could do in a career in this field:  

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How Can I Enroll in the School of Business’s Supply Chain Management Concentration?

The first step is to make an appointment with your School of Business Academic Advisor, Beth or Jerry. They can go through the concentration admission requirements, program completion requirements and how to get you started in the course enrollment.

To get a sneak peek at the types of courses you will get to take in this concentration, check out the course list here.


Supply Chain Management Resources:

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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 ( 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, the international student ambassadors are very happy to answer your questions.

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.



  • 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.