I grew up in New York, went to undergrad in New Jersey, vacationed in Cape Cod, MA and Long Beach Island, NJ in the summer and Vermont in the winter. I have always been an east coast girl. During my third year of undergraduate education I decided it was time to venture out of my New Englander box. I started looking at grad schools all over the country. I applied to schools in San Diego, Seattle, and Chicago. I visited, did my research, and had to make the big decision. I did not get a GAship anywhere so it was down to where I really wanted to be and whose program resonated with me the most. Seattle University was the winner because of the location and the amount of internship opportunities I knew I would have. Other schools did not offer the plethora of opportunities Seattle University had.
Fast forward to February, I now have a GAship at the University of Washington-Bothell in Student Life and am working in Athletics on the main campus. I originally thought that if I did not get a GAship I would not be going to graduate school. But here I am!
My transition has been rather smooth. Going from a semester system to a new quarter system was a challenge. I had to learn to leave more time for school work than usual. I also had to learn to be more process oriented when looking at assignments. I have adapted to the climate well. I enjoy not having to wear leggings underneath my pants everyday and being able to play ultimate Frisbee outside year-round. Overall, the Pacific Northwest has been treating me well.