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Jessica Brophy
GEN ST 199
Seattle Campus

The University Community

Introduces students to various aspects of the University of Washington community. Includes exploration of university resources and opportunities, and academically related skill development. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.

Class description

I guarantee that you will learn how to manuever and make your college experience as successful as possible. You will learn the ropes of how to be a successful college student and how to pull strings and make everything happen for you. You will learn everything there is to be offered to you at college and that everything is set up for you to succeed. You will learn general mechanics and how the University calls upon you to demonstrate what you have learned. You will learn a ton about yourself, about your peers, and about the people of the world in general and how we are all one and all want one thing, to learn and be loved. You will create lasting friendships that will assist you in your walk of life through college. And outside of the intellectual aspect of college, you will also find some fun and awesome activities that go on each and every night at college in order to make it one of the greatest experiences of your life.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

I will do everything possible not to talk to you during a whole class period. My intention is to have you work in small groups, well in large groups, maybe one on one, and do lots of hands on interaction. There will be a few guest presentations, among other things, but most importantly, everything will be fun. It is all what you choose to make of it.

Recommended preparation

Come to class with an open mind and open heart. But most importantly, come to class. Do not have expectations. You will only get out of this course what you are willing to put in. I suggest that you come in committed to be successful, through creating long lasting friendships and being open to the various possibilities and opportunities that will be offered to you not only within this class, but in the next four years as well. Be open. Be Kind. And be willing to take the extra step.

Class assignments and grading

We only meet ten times out of the quarter, and one hour of every week. My major assignment is to be there, on time, to every class. Never be absent. Other than that, the major assignemnt is a portfolio which will be a reflection of your first quarter at the UW and even other aspects of your life. It may feel like busy-work but it will be the most rewarding aspect of this class. It will also determine whether or not you get credit or not. Other assignments will be small and few and far in between, but I guarantee that you will have the opportunity to have fun with them and learn new things about yourself and others. It will also play a significant role in assisting you in your first quarter at college. The nature of the assignments are real simple unless you choose to make them difficult. I challenge you to take them on with everything you've got.

This is a credit or no credit course. This will be the easiest grade that you will earn throughout your entire experience at college. Because it is so easy, it is up to you to make it happen. Sometimes, when things are easy, it is also easy for you to fail because you tend to choose to put things off since it won't take much time. Do not let that happen to you. I challenge you to take the extra step and stretch yourself in this course and truly earn the credit you will be given. It takes a lot for one not to receive credit, but it IS possible.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jessica Brophy
Date: 08/11/2005