UW Chapter 2

My second year at the UW has finally arrived and I could not be happier to be back! I love this school so much, and not only do I have the best on campus job, but I have wonderful friends who are like family, and a beautiful, spacious room to call home this year. I can’t wait to make all new memories and work hard towards my double major!

I’ll be majoring in Creative Writing and Psychology, both Bachelor’s of Arts degrees. Double majoring is not something I was planning when I got here — I initially just wanted to do creative writing and maybe psych as a minor. I wasn’t sure it was something I wanted to do as badly as I know I do now, but after finding out I couldn’t study psych as a minor here at UW, I knew I had to make it fit in. I don’t know exactly what I want to do with these in the long run aside from someday writing a novel, but I do know that I want to write, and I want to help people, and this seems like the perfect path to take for that.

[I call myself a STEAM major, since psych is a little STEM-like, but I’m using it more for arts (the A in STEAM) …haha… sorry y’all..!]

Even though some students cringe at the thought of a double major, I’m actually super excited about it because I know I have plenty of time to do it. Since I took AP and college in the high school classes, I had a bunch of credits stacked up for college with most of my pre-requisites out of the way. I’m almost a full year ahead now thanks to my high school choices. I would highly recommend it!

But classes here don’t start until Wednesday, so I’ve got some time to set up my new room with my roomie and hang out with our friends (reunited, yay!).

If you read my first “College is Coming!” post, you know that we lived in one of the older dorms last year. Don’t get me wrong, we loved it in McMahon! We did a good job making our cozy little dorm a comfortable home for the year. This year, though, we’re living on the other side of campus in one of the newer buildings, and it is so much bigger and nicer!

This is me in the room before we moved stuff in. Needless to say I was a little excited about the amount of space we have!

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We live in Poplar Hall, which is (I think!) the first one of the west campus dorms built. Beneath it is a huge area for projects and the like, and right across the way we have the District Market where we can easily get any groceries or food (which was quite a hike to reach last year)! We may be most excited about the kitchens we have in our building finally!

It took a while to get my room all set up, finding places for everything and hanging more command hooks and strips than I can count off the top of my head, but, finally, I think we’ve got it pretty much set up!

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Here’s my desk, with some of my many posters hanging above it. The middle one is a quote from the personal essay that got me into every school I applied to. Seattle University sent it to me, and even though this is University of Washington, I love this poster too much not to hang it up! It’s important to have affirmations front and center in your life!

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I even have room dedicated solely to coffee, and another space for books here, which is amazing haha! Here’s my coffee spot featuring some photos of Suzzallo Library and the new Starbucks cafe inside — one of my new favorite places on campus, and also where I work! (I promise that job post is coming, I love it too much not to talk about it!)

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Here’s the Book Nook, as I call it. Being able to loft my bed up was a great plus this year! Despite having to build this shelf twice to get it right (accidentally put the main piece on backwards… woops…) I love it so much. It’s so cozy, and I know I’ll be reading plenty of books under here!

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Also the lofted bed. It’s super high up, and sometimes I feel like I might die up here (or lets be real, on the floor) but I’m slowly getting used to it!

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Have I said “The best part is” yet? I feel like there are too many best parts about this dorm to count! One of them, at least, is the chalk board outside our door. Our book owl was so fun to create, and it was a great first project to work on here with my roommate! The font on her name above is inspired by the DNA double helix, as she is a biology major, and mine, well, there aren’t many English fonts, so it’s just cute, haha! Some of our favorite books make up the stack below the owl.

Now only a few days until classes start, and we’re really back into the swing of things! I can’t wait to kick off the year!

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