The US was still divided in a Civil War. Yet on this day, the country lost a President as Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. People mourned and were shocked at the news.
On the campus of the University of Washington, the bells rang.
I’ve been to Seattle a couple of times visiting a number of sites like the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project, and Pike Place Market. Yet I had never stepped foot on the campus of the University of Washington.
As a college football fan, I had watched a number of Husky football games on TV and thought the stadium by the lake was beautiful. The fans had a reputation for being some of the best on the west coast. However, I believed the stereotype and thought of the city and campus at the University of Washington as cold and rainy.
However, Saturday morning I stepped off the plane and headed straight to school to take a look around the campus at Washington, in the northern part of the city. As I took the Link light rail from the airport to the station, I was excited to see all the beautiful fall colors around me.
The University of Washington was my first stop on my College Football Travel Tour. Aside from a little knowledge about the city and the football team, I didn’t know much about the school. As I stepped on campus ready for my morning campus tour, my mind and eyes were wide open.
What made this university so special? Was the campus as beautiful as many people said it was? Why did students want to go to school here?
As I walked around campus, I have to admit it was beautiful. The sun was shining brightly sitting high in the sky, mocking my one stereotype of Seattle that it was always “cold and rainy.” Over the next few days, I got a chance to experience college life, meet students, watch a college football game at Husky stadium, enjoy tailgating on Lake Washington, learn a little more about the Greek life on campus, and wander down the Ave.
In my first day on campus, the University of Washington made a good first impression. As part of the College Football Travel Tour, I will share my experiences and stories, food, fun, and football. I learned that the school is 150 years old and that the bell on top of Denny Hall rang for Lincoln’s assassination.
However, no one can tell you what the University of Washington is like, what being at a school in downtown Seattle offers you, or what truly makes this campus so special except the students (and alumni) that go here.
After my morning tour of campus, I had a chance to talk with two students who served as my campus tour guides at the University of Washington. After learning so much about the school, I wanted to given them a chance to share their story.
Campus life, downtown Seattle, and the University of Washington
Brent Nagamine and Dan Fiedler got to the University of Washington from two different places. Brent came to Seattle from the Hawaiian islands while Dan grew up in the part of Washington where that “other” Washington school is located.
Dan is majoring in international studies, has traveled around the world, loves geography, and is passionate about standing up for human rights. Brent is majoring in communications, is part of the Husky marching band, and wants to go back to Hawaii to be a college counselor at his high school.
Two students from completely different walks of life whose lives are headed in opposite directions once they leave the University of Washington. So what is it about the University of Washington that appeals to students like Dan and Brent?
After spending a few days here on campus, I won’t pretend to be an expert on college life at the University of Washington. I am not here to sell the campus or the school or talk about SAT scores and how it rates as an academic institution.
However, Dan and Brent share their perspectives on college life at UW, why they chose to go to school here, what makes the school a good fit for them, how a big school like this fits into Seattle, and what makes a visit here worth the trip.
I appreciate the time Dan and Brent took to share their perspectives on the school, college life, what it means to be a part of this university, and what makes it so special. As part of my visit here for the College Football Travel Tour, I will be sharing more of my own stories, photos, and videos from my time at the University of Washington.
From my perspective, the campus is beautiful and location is perfect. Here I was in the heart of one of the biggest, most popular cities on the west coast yet I felt like this place was its own community, far away and yet still so close to the city. The student population is truly international and this is reflected in the faces, food, and opportunities all around the campus. Like other places I’ve visited, there are things I liked and things I didn’t like. However, the University of Washington was so much more than I expected.
For those that love food, football, and everything in between, the University of Washington is an international campus and a comfortable college community that offers quite a number of choices.
For the first stop on the College Football Travel Tour, this made going back to school a lot of fun.
What is your favorite thing about the University of Washington and/or the city of Seattle?
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