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Year at UW: First

Hometown: Olympia, Washington

About me: Hello, I am Natalie! I am a freshman from Olympia, Washington and studying Disability Studies and Neurobiology with a minor in Spanish. I am living in the Honors LLC this year and truly enjoy living and being a part of the Honors community. Coming from Olympia (about an hour away), I was not sure what my transition would be like, but I have met so many amazing people and am very glad that I chose to come to UW. I am really passionate about being involved here at the University. I got involved in research, clubs, going to different events, etc, several of which focus on working and connecting with people with disabilities, which I began doing in high school. I am doing research related to language development in people with disabilities, I play Special Olympics sports, and am part of a group to bring people with intellectual disabilities to the UW as students. I have also found new hobbies here at the UW, like using the Maker Spaces, especially the laser cutter and ways to be active like playing tennis and skiing. There are so many ways to be involved at the University and I would love to talk about things that I have been involved in and ways to find your community!

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In Person: Email or Message me and we can set up a time!


General area(s) of study: Humanities, Natural Sciences

Current or intended majors: Disability Studies, Neurobiology

Current or intended minors: Spanish

I'd be willing to talk about/tutor the following courses/subjects: Chem 142 series, Spanish 202-301, Undergraduate Research, Volunteering

Housing Experience

  • Honors Housing


Research: I am a behavior coder for the NeuDLL lab which studies language development for children with and without disabilities.

Volunteering/Service: Swedish Hospital Volunteer

Leadership: Task Force to bring people with intellectual disabilities to the University of Washington (Staff and Class Committee), Neurobiology Outreach Committee

Clubs/RSOs: Special Olympics, Best Buddies, Husky Snow Club, University of Washington Tennis Club, Neurobiology Club