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.