University of Washington Orientation

Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that I've been accepted into UW. Spending a whole day on the purple and gold campus has me feeling like a fish out of water. First of all, I am NOTORIOUS for getting lost no matter where I go. The combination of my horrible direction skills, running late, lots of traffic and an angry GPS led to my speedwalking through the heart of the UW campus 45 minutes after I was supposed to be checked into my orientation day. When they handed me a purple "Dawgs" pen and a bunch of folders and paper, I felt like thanking them and handing it all back. I'm still a Coug at heart so this is all a little overwhelming.

Next up, I had my academic advising session. I have never been so shocked in my life. The woman I spoke to just told me that there was no point for me to start during the winter quarter as none of the design classes would start until Fall. Also, she kept on saying that a Design major at UW is "extremely competitive" and I should have a plan b because I most likely would not get in. I told her, I just wanted to finish up all my general education classes for the next two quarters and then I was hoping to get into Design. "You know, Design is really competitive...is there anything else you want to do? Maybe photography? Or what about Art History?"

I felt like she didn't want me in that program. After she told me the 4th time how it was so pointless for me to start in the winter quarter, I asked if she thought I should withdraw or something (that's the vibe I was getting). She acted shocked and said that I HAD to take a class now that I had wasted all my time by applying.

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be so stupid by TRYING TO FINISH MY EDUCATION!

Well, I am thoroughly fed up with UW and I have only been on the campus for 3 hours.