A huge thank you to Adrian Acosta from the UW School of Nursing, Rick Turner and Allison Stephens from the UW School of Pharmacy, and Dave Morrin from the UW School of Social Work! We had a wonderful time learning about the programs as well as tips for applications.
For the FAHC Mentorship January meeting, "Mother Mentor" (aka FAHC's Mentorship Chair) Roxanne and FAHC officers hosted a workshop on how to take blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate as well as exploring the societal determinants of cardiovascular disease. A huge shout out to the UW School of Nursing for lending us stethoscopes!
A big thank you to our panelists for volunteering their time and speaking to our members at our first meeting of winter quarter! Every quarter FAHC officers reach out to a diverse network of health professionals to come share their experiences within their field of work and how they got there. Panelists hold small group Q&A sessions while members rotate between groups. Our panelists this quarter included Ka'imi Sinclair, PhD/MPH a researcher from Partners for Native Health, Casierra Cruz, MPH a research coordinator under Ka'imi and recent graduate of UW SCHP's Community Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program, Alesca Delmundo a student in the UW School of Nursing, and Michael J. Cruz a student in the UW School of Medicine. Ka'imi spoke of the research she carries out in order to create culturally informed interventions for American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. Casierra discussed her experiences within the COPHP program and how it helped her with her work for Partners for Native Health. Alesca answered questions on her most memorable experiences as a nursing student, and Michael spoke about his non-traditional journey into medical school.
Health Professional Panels are every first meeting of each quarter. Check back Spring quarter for another diverse lineup of health professionals!
On April 28, 2018 FAHC UW joined FASA sa UW, Pi Nu Iota, and Chi Theta Psi to host the Centennial Gala, celebrating one hundred years of Filipino and Filipino-American presence at the University of Washington Seattle. Together $25,000 was raised for an endowment to support future Filipino and Filipino-American students. FAHC UW is proud to be a part of this honorable legacy.
On March 10, 2018, our members participated in UC Davis FAHC’s biennial Health Conference. The mission of the conference is to provide workshops, opportunities, and as well as to explore what it means to be a minority in the healthcare profession. The theme of this year was “Drawn From Our Strengths: Tiwala sa Iyong Mga Kapwa” (Trust in Your Peers), embodying the idea that the health system is composed of health professionals working together to provide the optimal care for patients.
The number one cause of stress during the final exam grind is procrastination. We are all guilty of it at some point. No worries though, procrastination is not necessarily a bad thing; it certainly means your human. Taking a break and prolonging the conclusion of a task is an understated form of self care that is extremely integral to not only your academic success but also your grip on sanity. TOO MUCH procrastination, however, is no bueno. Luckily, there’s a solution: spatial repetition. Spatial repetition is a highly effective and efficient way to combat procrastination and ensure less stress in the long term during “crunch time” of dead/finals week.
Here’s the what and how-to:
Spatial repetition means spreading out your responsibilities and tasks evenly amongst the available days before a deadline. For instance, say you have an organic chemistry final exam in 3 weeks. Here’s how to practice spatial repetition for this example (this does applies to any other class):
Week 1 of 3: Studying for O-Chem Final
You should peruse the whole 3 weeks worth of content of O-Chem (take note of the amount of readings, homework, practice problems, and practice exams). Take out your calendar, planner, or whatever you use for time-management (see Shaan’s FAHC Blog if you want time-management tips!) and assign an equal workload for each day of the week. Of course, everyone’s free time varies each day so be prepared to plan and adjust according to your availability. Say, you have 6 free hours to dedicate to studying each day from Monday-Wednesday and 8 free hours from Thursday-Sunday. You want divide your work equally and assign to work on 2 hours on O-Chem practice problems, 2 hours of drafting and editing your English essay, and 2 hours on Physics work from Monday-Wednesday. The same logic will be applied to Thursday-Sunday but for a longer period of time.
Week 1 of 3: O-Chem Studying Schedule
Repeating this schedule for each week leading up to the exam will not only help with memory and retention of course material but also reduce stress during “crunch time.” By the week of the final, you will be totally prepared to take it and only need to do light review since you spaced out all practice equally beforehand. Time to ace that final (:
*Remember, the point of spatial repetition is to work and study in small, continuous chunks instead of procrastinating and pulling 3 all-nighters in a row a couple days before your exam.
*Some additional tips when spacing out workload:
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Decide on a task (writing essay, practice problem, lengthy readings, etc.)
Step 2: Set timer for 25 minutes (ideally, turn off notifications on phone or any other distractions)
Step 3: Work hard on that task for 25 minutes
Step 4: After 25 minutes and your timer sounds off, take a quick 5 minute break
Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 two more times
Step 6: Set timer for 25 minutes, work hard for 25 minutes
Step 7: After timer is up, take a longer 15 minute break
Step 8: Set timer for 25 minutes, work hard for 25 minutes
Step 9: Once timer is up, take a longer 30 minute break
Step 10: Either repeat Pomodoro cycle immediately again, repeat the cycle later on in the day, or finish studying for the day and TREAT YO SELF!
(*NOTE: Breaks are designed to be totally irrelevant to the task your doing, so use breaks to mentally get away from the task by doing something you love! Also, the break times are just ideally what works best; however, if you feel you need more lengthy breaks between tasks that is totally fine! The point is to alternate working diligently with taking breaks in a time-efficient manner).
Here’s a link to a website that you can use to set your Pomodoro timers (you can of course use your phone or alarm clock, too): https://tomato-timer.com/
Incorporating the Pomodoro Technique along with the spatial repetition method we discussed above will increase your chances at acing your final! Plus, you will be forming some rad study habits that correlate to great academic success!
These are just a few examples. In general, the idea is to reflect on how much time you are putting into idle tasks throughout the day and realizing that you can capitalize on those moments to put towards academic success!
While this blog is mostly about tips and strategies to prepare for final exams, I would be remiss not to mention the importance of self care. SELF CARE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STUDY TIP. As students, we are not perfect but we try to be and it is unfortunate that there’s a societal expectation to be perfect. These study tips/strategies are not to make you a “perfect student.” At its core, these study tips are a form of self-care. It exists as tools to use to prevent overwhelming stress and fatigue during finals week and distributing the stress across the weeks instead of it accumulating at one eventual breaking point.
Practicing self care means to DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. This means doing something that you are passionate about. Here’s some things to consider when practicing self care during finals preparation:
At the end, it is not all about grades (read Vince’s Blog on more of this topic!). Know that you are not defined by a single number or letter. You way are more than that. As long as you tried your best when studying for finals, the outcome really doesn’t matter; the accomplishment is truly in the process of individual growth and development. In the end, taking care of yourself throughout your journey through college is what makes you a perfect student.
Good luck on finals and stay healthy! Study smarter not harder (:
“LJ, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
This is a question that I’ve been asked since I was 5 years old, and since then, I’ve always given
the same, routine, memorized answer: I want to be a doctor. Looking back, this definitely
stemmed from my family background. Both my parents are doctors, with my dad being a
general surgeon and my mom a family medicine doctor, and although we lived a great life
because of it, the pressures to live up to their accomplishments and expectations seemed like
they were placed on me from birth.
It wasn’t just my parents either; most of my extended family—my lolos, lolas, titos, titas, all my
kapamilya (these are lyrics from “Be Alright,” the song I wrote for FilNight btw, so shameless
plug!!)—encouraged me to follow in my parents’ footsteps all my life. With no conceit
whatsoever, I can say that I am smart. But as a kid, people viewed me as a genius. And how
wouldn’t they? Before I turned 2, I could speak two languages, I could read, I could do math far
beyond the reach of most my age. I even had a party trick: I could identify the capitals, flags,
and presidents of any country in the United Nations. This weird, freak-ish nature even caused
my parents to get me evaluated by a psychologist, who determined that at the age of 5, I had
the intellectual capability of a high-schooler (and that evaluation is published; I still have a
copy). Needless to say, this only added to their expectations of my future success.
And it continued. When we permanently moved to the US (it’s complex, as I’d been living here
on and off for the first few years of my life), I was enrolled in the Accelerated Progress Program,
a program designed for “gifted” kids in Seattle, where we were learning material 2 years in
advance of our grade. This continued through middle school, and then when I moved to New
York City, it was a different system, where a set of public “Specialized High Schools” were the
top schools in the city. I tested among 30,000 other middle-schoolers and, along with only 800
other students, made it into Stuyvesant High School, the school ranked number 1 in the city,
and by many publications, top 10 in the country. Again, expectations.
Doing well in school and in STEM courses only compelled me to believe that that’s what I
wanted to do. I was successful in STEM, so that means I liked it.
That all changed with UW.
I struggled through gen chem, bio, ochem and biochem; all courses necessary for pre-med
students. I wasn’t having a fun time in college either, I hadn’t made many friends because living
off campus was so tough, and I didn’t feel like myself at all. Now, I know that I felt stifled. But I
kept going because I somehow convinced myself that that’s what I wanted. But if I only thought
that it was for me because I was good at it, what happened when I was no longer good at it?
What happens next?
I have to admit I was scared. By this point, when people had asked me “LJ, what do you want to
be when you grow up?” I had a modified version of my answer from when I was 5: I wanted to
be a pediatrician because I was interested in primary care for patients at a young age. But, deep
down, I knew that wasn’t true. Deep down, I knew what I was passionate in, and it was not
medicine. But how could I tell my parents? How would my family react? I had been playing
along with the plan of medicine for so long, but what would happen?
I eventually told my parents, and through tears and some yelling, they understood. The only
thing they told me they were upset about was that I didn’t feel like I could tell them. And they
And there are many reasons. I was never really passionate in medicine. I really felt like I was just
acting like it to please my parents and to please my family. Another reason is Public Health.
Even after taking my first class in Public Health, I realized that there are so many other options
out there to explore that can make an impact on the world. There are so many factors that
determine a person’s health, and being a doctor isn’t the only way to improve health outcomes.
Another really important reason is FAHC. Just being part of such a dynamic group of friends and
kapamilya has opened my eyes to so many different possibilities and inspired me to fulfill my
true potential. There were so many reasons I made this decision, but the most important was
that I had finally come to terms with the fact that forcing myself into something to please other
people would only make me unhappy.
Now, I’m in my second term of my junior year, taking classes that I enjoy, fully immersed in my
major and just feeling better about where I am academically and socially. And with FAHC and
FASA, I feel like I’ve found my niche and a group of people that I can truly be myself around.
And now, I feel like I don’t have to know what I want to have a career in yet; there are so many
options. I don’t have to follow a plan set out for me.
And no matter how cheesy it sounds, I feel like I can answer the question that has haunted us
all of our lives. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I want to be happy, and I will not
allow anything to derail me from achieving what I know I can.
Hey FAHC! I am the historian, but mostly known for the one who takes pictures and public health corners. But I will show another side of me in this blog. In fact, I will share one of the biggest things I value, that is the importance of finding your niche in college.
At an early age, my family constantly reiterated the significance of grades. With this approach, excelling in my classes was my main priority. Instead of going to first grade, I accelerated and went straight to 2nd grade after taking a placement test. In 5th grade, I became involved in this advanced math team, aside from taking the normal math class. This strict focus on grades discouraged me from playing sports, explore my musical talents and become involved in ASB in high school. It wasn’t until my junior year, when I finally got involved. This first true experience was centered towards my search for spirituality. Bukas Loob Sa Diyos, BLD, was a youth group I first felt happiness when serving my community. In BLD, I sang in the praise and worship band, did fundraisers, and lead youth retreat camps. My senior year, I led my high school’s annual retreat called Search and became part of the event coordinating team for ASB. Yes, this was a small sample size of my growth, but I made huge strides in breaking out of my shell. And of course my grades were still top notch, maintaining a 3.81 GPA throughout high school.
College was a different animal. I came from a small high school, classes were easier to succeed in, and I felt like I had many friends. However, when I started college, I realized that only less than 10 people from my high school enrolled at UW. The first couple of quarters were very hard for me because I did nothing but spend time at Ode, barely had a social life (I would close my door whenever we had open door nights at Haggett), and chemistry and math were kicking my butt. After years of spending all my effort on school and grades, I gradually became unsatisfied with my approach on life. What I was really passionate about was helping others and making a direct impact in my community. FASA and FAHC became my outlet my freshman year, and ultimately the reason why I am so driven now and well accomplished. Many people perceive an outgoing, talkative and sometimes childish Vince, but truthfully, I am a complete introvert with a lot of anxiety issues. I think that’s one of the reasons why I hate speaking in public and putting myself out there. It took me such a long time to, like I mentioned above, “break out of my shell.”
Here I am now doing things I would never imagine myself doing before. Running for FASA’s elections my freshman year (where I was shaking my legs the whole time) even though I lost, taking on the position of historian for FAHC, recently becoming Philanthropy chair for my fraternity, taking on my first job ever at the IMA, studying abroad in a country different from mine, taking on an internship in another country, pursuing a career something I am passionate about and lastly, becoming part of an entity for ASUW. There is so much on my plate and I get anxious thinking about this every day, but with that said, I’ve never been so happy. I finally have the opportunity to make my own decisions and explore my true interests without my family impeding me to do so. And the best part is I’m not obsessed with my grades anymore (even though I’ve made Dean’s List the last three quarters), in fact, my grades are nowhere near where I want it to be, but that’s ok because honestly it’s the person you are that employers look at the most.
School is hard and there’s so much pressure to perform well in this aspect; especially from family. But find YOUR niche. Do something that YOU are passionate about and don’t let others say YOU can’t. If school is what you’re passionate about? Great, do it. But if you love playing the violin, playing soccer, traveling, making boujee dishes, or even getting the best KD ratio in a game of COD, that’s great too. Coming from a Filipino background, it’s been really hard to meet my family’s expectations, but once you let go and do your own thing, it’s the best feeling ever, take my word.
Hi FAHC kapamilya!
I’d like to share the experiences that I am going through this quarter, and the lessons that I am learning regarding time management. Currently, I am balancing my duties as the treasurer for FAHC, the fundraising officer and auction coordinator for the UW Sailing Team. vice president of the Northwest Sailing District, and as a student here at the University of Washington.
With all of this on my plate, I have learned a couple of important lessons about time management. I can honestly say that I am not the best person at managing my time, and I am always learning how I can do better. But I would like to share with you a couple of tips that I have been using so far to better how I balance my life.
1) Bullet Journals and Google Calendars are two blessings that I started to utilize my sophomore year in college. Having a Google calendar makes it easy for me to visualize what my week will look like and how my time will be spread, while keeping a bullet journal keeps me on top of the tasks that I have to accomplish.
(an example of my typical week!)
2) I always make sure to do my work in a motivating space. Sometimes I find myself doing homework in bed, or in a building that just doesn’t have the right vibes for me, and I have to move to be able to get myself into the right headspace to be able to get work done. Some of my favorite places on campus to study or to work on projects are the Computer Science Atrium, the Health Sciences Library, and Denny Hall!
(Denny Hall is the anthropology building, and one of my favorite places to study!)
3) One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that it is always okay to ask for help, especially if you’re having trouble staying on top of all of your commitments. I used to feel like I was imposing on others when I asked for help, or that nobody would even want to help me get through all the work that I need to do. But the communities that I found in FAHC, FASA, and the sailing team have all been so kind and have always been there for me to lean on in times of stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your time commitments, look to your communities for support!
(Me and my FAHC mentee, Emily!)
3) In order to make sure that the time I spend doing work is actually productive, I allow myself an hour or so a day to do something fun! This works for me because I am more motivated to work hard knowing that at the end of the day, I have given myself some time to go meet up with friends, or watch some television, or go out to eat. This promise of something fun helps me focus harder on the project that I am working on, and my sanity stays intact throughout the day! As I am a commuter, I tend to just schedule some time at night to watch television, which is something I always look forward to.
(Some shows that I am watching to destress!)
Good luck to everyone this winter quarter, I wish you all the best in your time management!
Hello FAHC fam! This is your webmaster Joanne and I'm here to share my experiences in obtaining WA state residency as an undergraduate student. The process of residency is definitely a time consuming process and an important commitment. I had to be okay with the fact that I had to spend an extra year of college, but it actually gave me the chance to spend more time exploring UW’s programs and figuring out what I wanted to study.
I’ll first start with a little of my own background. I moved to Seattle from Ventura, CA in 2015 to attend UW, and as an out of state student, I was required to pay nonresident tuition. Tuition at that time was $11,839 for residents compared to $34,143 for nonresidents before financial aid. I started the process to gain residency in Summer of 2016 and recently gained it this Winter of 2018.
I highly recommend visiting the Residency office website here, which contains all the key information on residency. The application process and contact information can be found there as well. Keep in mind that the office has limited staff, and it will take a few business days for an email reply. I recommend setting up an appointment ahead of time if you would like your questions answered more quickly.
To gain residency, it is required by WA state law to establish bona fide domicile, meaning “a person’s permanent residence.” The state statutes can be found here and state rules and regulations here. In summary you must establish WA legal ties and prove your physical presence in the state for 12 months before applying. The documents you must submit to prove this include:
In addition, you will apply as financially dependent or financially independent student. Requirements vary for other types of students such as medical and non-citizen students, which can be found on the website. For financially dependent students, your parents must establish the above requirements while continuing to claim you on their tax returns.
I chose to file as a single (not married) financially independent student. This meant my parents couldn’t claim me on their tax returns and I had to pay for 51% of my total expenses (including tuition and living) for the previous calendar year and for the current calendar year. For example, I applied for residency in November 2018. I had to prove financial independence from November 2016-November 2017, and November 2017-November 2018. Keep in mind that gift money or personal loans doesn’t count towards financial independence.
Documents required for financial independence are:
An important note on private student loans: you are allowed to have a cosigner, even if it’s your parent. Students under the age of 25 typically have low credit. I highly recommend using loans if you don’t have enough funding from scholarships or grants. This will aid in proving your financial independence to the residency office.
Furthermore, if you enroll for more than 7 credits per quarter, you are required to work 30 hours each week to prove you are not in WA state solely for educational purposes. You can't gain in state tuition if the school views your sole purpose is to live in WA just to go to UW. I know what you’re thinking, “But this is my sole purpose for moving to WA!” I know. The residency office pretty much knows. Don’t worry, you can still gain residency.
In addition to all the aforementioned documents, you are required to fill out a Residence Questionnaire. Applications are due the 30th day after the quarter begins. Most of the time the residency office will request additional documentation, which is due before the last day of the quarter.
Pay close attention to tuition deadlines!!! Submit all your application as early as possible because it takes 4-6 weeks for the office to process applications, even longer if you have to submit additional documentation. The last day to withdraw from classes and to drop a class without facing tuition forfeiture and fees is the 7th day of the quarter. If you’re anticipating to obtain residency the quarter you’re applying for and have already registered for more than 7 credits, submit your application so you can be notified before the forfeiture date.
I officially started this entire process in Summer of 2016. I fulfilled most of the bona fide domicile requirements in 2015, however I didn’t completely understand the financial independence aspect of the application process. My parents paid for my tuition in 2015 and I took more than 6 credits; the residency office didn’t consider me financially independent during this time period.
Starting in Autumn 2016 to Autumn 2017 I registered for only 6 credits per quarter. I used my FAFSA loans and a private loan I applied for with a parent cosigner to pay for my tuition each quarter. To supply my income I started working at Chipotle in Summer 2016 for up to 25 hours each week. I also qualified for Chipotle’s tuition reimbursement program and received $5,250, which further aided my financial independence.
Other out of state students I’ve met have opted to take a break from school altogether and work to gain financial independence more quickly. Keep in mind that with this option, you’ll have to complete a returning student application. However there is the option to take one quarter off. You can not register for classes one quarter but still be eligible to register for classes the next quarter. For example, you can take Spring quarter off and be eligible for Autumn registration because Summer quarter isn’t required. You can also take classes at a local community college during summer quarter and/or the quarter you take off from UW. This is a great way to save money while still earning credits.
Not everyone gains residency the first quarter they apply. I applied in Summer and Autumn 2017 before I finally gained it this winter. The first two rejections were because the residency office didn’t consider me financially independent enough. If your application is rejected you can move your application to the next quarter for reconsideration. Do this as soon as possible so it will be first in line for review.
Some overarching advice I have is to be diligent. Make sure you’re meeting all the requirements, and don’t hesitate to contact the residency office if you have any questions at all. Check your emails consistently and pay attention to deadlines. The whole process may seem daunting, but if you’re really passionate about UW I think it’s worth the money you’ll save and the experiences you’ll gain here. I wish you best of luck! If you have any questions for me feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.