Our curriculum prompts students to see beyond disciplinary boundaries and to understand the importance of interconnected knowledge for addressing the big challenges of our times. Those who enter with an eye toward acquiring expertise only in a particular field can be dissatisfied when asked to study topics outside of their chosen discipline, a central tenet of Interdisciplinary Honors. Honors does make the university feel smaller, but it intentionally does not isolate its students from the larger university community.
All UW students will find themselves in a class of several hundred during their time here. Those entering Honors must be excited to attend a large public university—one that offers amazing opportunities not available at small colleges. We employ a holistic approach to evaluating applications. Do they go around reciting the digits of e or solving for the roots of a cubic function? Certainly not: that would be irrational. It is art in its highest form. Real math requires inquiry: how does a computer handle ones and zeroes?
How can one deduce an optimal diet? Why does multiplication work in the first place? And so on: all questions that inspire curiosity. What is in our power to solve this grave matter? To be perfectly honest, there is only an infinitesimal chance that we can contribute. But most importantly: explore!
Find an incongruity; seek, and sedulously pursue it. Report to a friend your progress, and repeat ad infinitum! Extracurriculars I believe these were limited to words each. Seattle Japanese School and Studying Japanese. I have attended the Seattle Japanese School since fifth grade. I have consistently earned good grades, and have also participated in school-wide events like the annual Sports Festival.
However, as the school alone is inadequate for leaning Japanese, I also read Japanese literature to increase my knowledge. It has been stunning to see that the literary techniques I had learned for English could be replicated in Japanese. Independent study of mathematics.
Not being satisfied by mathematics at school, I have been dedicating my time to understanding the reasons why various concepts in mathematics work. Through this, I have trained my mind to be methodical but also creative.
I have been participating in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. My current rank is 5th Kyu. Training with the people in my Aikido class has increased my strength and awareness, and practicing the moves in the art has allowed me to react to the various attacks. Psychologically, it has also alleviated my phobias of eye- and bodily-contact.
Recall the experiences your have undergone, events you have witnessed, or articles that you have read that shaped your perspective and values. For example, you could write about how competing in robotics taught you the importance of teamwork and communication, or about how working in a local coffee shop inspired your desire to understand people from all walks of life, and bring a smile to their faces.
There are several ways to interpret community. You could interpret it in the literal sense by explaining how your hometown and family have guided your ambitions. For example, maybe the agricultural focus of your town inspired an appreciation for hard work or the technological atmosphere in the Silicon Valley led you to a love for innovation.
Using the overall environment as a springboard, invoke a specific and detailed anecdote that illustrates the atmosphere in your community that you wish to capture. This prompt also encompasses the people you surround yourself with.
You can also write about how your friends from different backgrounds remind you of the importance of understanding or how your family inspires you to work harder.
Additional Information About Yourself or Your Circumstances words You are not required to write anything in this section, but you may include additional information if something has particular significance to you. For example, you may use this space if: You are hoping to be placed in a specific major soon A personal or professional goal is particularly important to you You have experienced personal hardships in attaining your education Your activities have been limited because of work or family obligations You have experienced unusual limitations or opportunities unique to the schools you attended Opportunity to give extra context as to where you came from Although this question is not required, it may be in your best benefit to answer this prompt, especially if you hope to be directly admitted into a specific major at UW.
Some majors, like Computer Science, are difficult to get into after freshman year as most students were directly admitted. If you are hoping to get directly admitted to a major, this would be your opportunity to elaborate on your interest in the program. In high school, I found that in CP and basic classes, I often fell asleep, or could just not be bothered to pay full attention. It was comparable to being in a desert, with only a faulty sink that could leak a drop of water every few seconds or so when you wanted gallons and gallons to drink because you were just so, so thirsty.
The Honors application essay prompts are: What is your understanding of the UW Interdisciplinary Honors Program and why do you want to be a part of it? Why does multiplication work in the first place? And below, there is universal indifference, a kind of despair. It was in the way my thoughts liked to jump off one another and make connections and draw conclusions with every lesson. As you approach college, what are you most curious about and why? One such categorization is between the humanities and the sciences.
The work consisted of various trail- maintenance tasks, such as digging trenches to carry eventual rain off the trail, clearing the foliage of a fallen tree, and replacing mud puddles with fresh soil. Because Interdisciplinary Honors requires student to complete 47 credits of general education, some transfer students may find Departmental Honors a better option. Through this I have helped the community by making homework a little more bearable. Tip: Keep in mind that the University of Washington strives to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, values, and viewpoints.
Some majors, like Computer Science, are difficult to get into after freshman year as most students were directly admitted. The Honors Program offers a number of resident and non-resident merit-based scholarships to incoming Honors freshmen.
Bertrand Russell wrote in the prologue to his Autobiography of three passions that guided his life: love, intellectual curiosity, and pity for the suffering. I see no reason to slow down in the future. Trail party at the Soaring Eagle Park. Much of the same information is shared in our in-person sessions.
Short Response words Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. The current of questions is strong, and although I want to help, I know that answering these questions will have no effect on the current. In high school, I found that in CP and basic classes, I often fell asleep, or could just not be bothered to pay full attention. Much of the same information is shared in our in-person sessions. I see no reason to slow down in the future. Intellectual curiosity can mean seeking useful information; however, research is only half of the experience.
With 30, undergraduates, UW creates a diverse community with representation from 46 states and 56 countries. If appropriate, include the application question number to which your comment s refer.
It was partly a childish hyperactivity I never grew out of, and partly the insistent belief that while sitting and standing still was very nice, there was just so much that could be done! Because Interdisciplinary Honors requires student to complete 47 credits of general education, some transfer students may find Departmental Honors a better option. It is this quality that makes our program truly distinctive. Please submit your request well in advance of your visit, so we have ample time to arrange your visit.
But I cannot hold inside of me such ostentatious deceit—at least, not for long. The people evaluating your application may not have the same political, moral, or religious beliefs you do. One such categorization is between the humanities and the sciences. And so on: all questions that inspire curiosity. Thus began my intense study of Japan. Moreover the raw physical exhaustion on all three days was intoxicating.