A Student’s Guide to UWB: (Part One) Food

As a full-time student, club officer and a part-time on campus employee at UW Bothell, I find myself spending a lot of my time at school.

But of course, even if you don’t spend that much time on campus, you most likely find yourself looking for any of the following…

  1. Food
  2. Study Space
  3. Calculators, Phone/Laptop Chargers, Computers!
  4. What to do on campus

Lucky for you, there are places at UWB that offer all of those.

Don’t forget to be on the lookout for the rest series coming soon!

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The Grind Don’t Stop! Tips for Studying and Stress Management.

New year, new you! Make 2018 be the year where you achieve your academic goals without the needless stress! Here are a few tips on how you can prepare for the new quarter in a healthy and productive way:

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Studying 101

  • Use a planner! Whether it’s a notebook or an app on your phone, using planners will definitely improve your study habits. Personally, I use a notebook planner to help organize what I need to do on a daily basis. By planning ahead, you are able to manage the time you need to spend on studying.
    • Fun fact: The human brain craves completed tasks so when you cross something off of your to-do list, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine that is responsible for making you feel good and motivated!

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  • Know what works for you. Some people prefer to study at night rather than the daytime and some prefer music over silence.
  • Organize your study space. Although it is very tempting to open Snapchats and watch funny dog videos, it is crucial to put any distractions, such as your phone, out of sight.
  • Have a drink and snack handy so that you can focus on studying. Use the snack as an incentive! For example, for every chapter that you read, you can eat 3 Skittles.
  • Take breaks! We’re only human so studying for 3 hours straight can definitely lead to some negative side effects. Take a breather, get another cup of coffee, or go for a walk and come back with a refreshed mind.
  • Use handy study materials such as study guides, textbooks, notes, and online resources. Class study guides will be your best bet of what to expect on your final.
  • For those of you who are visual learners, here’s a video by Doctor Mike that sums up how to study for exams: HOW TO STUDY EFFECTIVELY: SIMPLE EXAM TIPS | Doctor Mike​

Ask for Help

  • There are many resources on campus that are there for you!
    • Quantitative Skills Center (QSC) located in UW2 – 030
      • The Quantitative Skills Center is where you can get drop-in tutoring for your STEM and business classes like CSS, chemistry, biology, math, and other subjects. Not only will they tutor you, they will also help you with test anxiety! One thing that has been helpful to me is getting CSS help.
    • Writing and Communication Center (WaCC) located in UW2 – 124
      • The Writing and Communication Center is there to help you with your papers, personal statements, resumes, and how to improve your writing skills.
    • Your professor’s office hours
      • Professors have office hours for students to ask questions and get clarification so don’t hesitate to visit them!

Helpful Free Apps/Websites

  •  Any.do
    • Like I mentioned above, a planner is crucial when you are juggling 3 or more classes at the same time. For those of you who are more techie, Any.do is an app where you can make to-do lists, add events to your calendar, and many more!
  • Quizlet
    • Quizlet is an app and website that allows you to make flashcards to help memorize information. What is great about Quizlet is that they also create fun games that will also help you memorize information. In the past, Quizlet has helped me remember trigonometry identities and math formulas.
  • RefMe
    • For those of you who have to write research papers like me, RefMe is a time-saving app that creates citations for you! The app uses your camera to scan the barcode of a book and it will create the citation in MLA, APA, or any other format.
  • StayFocused
    • Have you ever told yourself you will be productive, but as soon as you open your laptop you find yourself on social media two hours later? I’m guilty of that. Luckily, StayFocused is a free Google Chrome extension that will limit how long you are allowed to spend on certain websites for the day. For example, you can set a time limit of 1 hour spent on Facebook before StayFocused blocks the website. This is extremely useful for those who are in a time crunch.

How to Deal with Stress

  • Time management is the best way to prevent school related stress. Allowing yourself ample time to study will boost your confidence and prepare you for the unexpected. By doing this, you are eliminating last minute stress unlike this cat who is trying to meet a deadline.

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  • Get enough sleep. For college students, getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep seems so unreal.  When you don’t sleep, your performance exponentially declines so manage your time and sleep at a decent hour.
  • Physical activity helps keep your body mentally and physically healthy. When you workout, your brain releases “feel good” chemicals like dopamine, which will improve your mood. For UWB and CC students, you can use the Fitness Center located in the ARC for free! More info on the Fitness Center here.
  • Eat a balanced diet. If you’re anything like me, I tend to eat my feelings in the most unhealthiest way possible. I’m talking about tubs on tubs of ice cream. When you eat junk food, it makes you feel sluggish and unmotivated. Instead, try healthy alternatives like yogurt for ice cream or popcorn for chips.
  • Here’s a video by AsapSCIENCE explaining more ways to relieve stress: 7 Simple Tips To Reduce Your STRESS Right Now

UWB/CC Circ (and beyond) Pets!

After working behind the library for over a year now, I’ve become quite close to many of my lovely coworkers. In the process of getting to know so many people, I’ve noticed that many of us behind the front desk have pets.

Since everyone loves animals, I thought it would be fun to feature a few of the cuties we get to come home to every day!

Thank you to everyone who participated by featuring their pets and for patiently waiting for this post. Enjoy!


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Photos provided by Heather

Species: Canis familiaris

Breed: Golden retriever mix (rescue pup)

Age: 12 years

Beau’s fave snack: Chicken

Beau’s fave things to do: Snore loudly while sleeping on the porch, walking and exploring new trails, and of course getting belly rubs!

Heather’s favorite things about Beau: His expressive eyes and looks!

Beau and Heather have been best friends since: Beau was 8 weeks old.

Fun/funny fact about Beau: Since a puppy, Beau will lay on the floor with his back paw in his mouth. After dinner and roughly 30 minutes of playing and rough-housing with his squeaky toys, he does this every night. He has, on several occasions, fallen asleep with his back paw in his mouth.


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Photos provided by Tami

Species: Canis familiaris

Breed: Mutt 🙂

Age: 6 ish years

Ruby’s fave snack: Cheese

Ruby’s fave thing to do: Sleep on/in Tami’s bed.

Tami’s favorite things about Ruby: Her goggles and her ability to sleep in.

Ruby and Tami have been best friends for: 5 ish years

Fun/funny fact about Ruby: She shows off for guests by repeatedly running to this large stand of trees in my back yard, and then peaks out. It’s like she’s playing hide and seek. And it’s really adorable.


Sausage the cat

Photo provided by Maya

Species: Felis catus

Breed: Ragdoll/Siamese

Age: 1 year and 5 months

Sausage’s fave snack: Salmon bites

Sausage’s fave thing to do: Cuddle up on the sofa or stare out the window.

Maya’s favorite thing to do with Sausage is: Giving her soft belly a tickle.

Sausage and Maya have been best friends for: 1 year and 2 months.

Fun/funny fact about Sausage: Sausage loves key lime pie. I never let her eat it, but every time I do, I have to fight her off to keep her from taking a bite!


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Photos provided by Bryce

Species: Felis catus

Breed: Siberian

Age: Unknown (about 10 years?)

Puppy’s fave snack: Fancy Feast Shredded Fare

Puppy’s fave thing to do: Sleep, cuddle, eat, watch birdies and squirrels, chase the laser dot.

Bryce’s favorite thing about Puppy: She is very affectionate and always wants cuddles. It makes us feel so loved. ^_^

Puppy and Bryce have been best friends for: About 6 years.

Fun/funny fact about Puppy: Puppy is very vocal and is always meowing about something. The funniest thing she does is meow when she runs across the room or down the hall in anticipation of getting food or cuddles. It causes her to do this stuttering meow that is absolutely hilarious. It makes me laugh every time!

Shiori (Shio)/Melissa

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Photo provided by Melissa

Species: Felis catus

Breed: American Short Hair

Age: 2 years and 6 months

Shiori’s favorite snack: She doesn’t like treats, but always wants to be petted while eatting. That’s her special thing.

Shiori’s favorite thing to do: Sit on Erik’s lap.

Melissa’s favorite thing about Shiori: How much she loves my husband (Erik), and what a wonderful friend she is.

Shiori and Melissa have been best friends for: A little over two years.

Fun/funny facts about Shiori: She follows my husband around until he sits down, then climbs on his lap & purrs. She brings us little piece of plastic (her favorite toys) as presents the way some cats bring their owners dead mice.

Nefreya (The Nefs)/Melissa

The Nefs

Photo provided by Melissa

Species: Felis catus

Breed: American Long Hair

Age: 2 years and 6 months

Nefreya’s favorite snack: Cheddar & catnip treats.

Nefreya’s favorite thing to do: Attack toys, finger tips, ankles, spiders, bits of plastic, string, blankets, and shoes.

Melissa’s favorite thing about Nefreya: That she’s always communicating with me. She’s learned about 15 words, and several gestures (head bobs, slow blink, fanning her paws, rolling on her back). Since there’s so much she can communicate to me (and I to her), when something new comes up she’s ready to figure out how to talk about that, too.

Nefreya and Melissa have been best friends for: A little over two years.

Fun/funny fact about Nefreya: She pantomimes playing when she wants to play. For example, she’ll hop up along the wall that we shine her laser pointer on, and then look at us. Or she’ll bring us her toys. Even the big fishing poll ones. Up onto the bed. Not sure how she does it. But I’m touched that she’s willing to do her part to make play happen. She always keeps me company when I’m in the bathroom, and she waits by the door for me at night until I get home.

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Shio (left) and The Nefs (right)

MoMo/Andrea B.

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Photo provided by Andrea B.

Species: Felis catus

Breed: Domestic shorthair (?)

Age: 1 year

MoMo’s favorite snack: Chicken giblets and yogurt

MoMo’s favorite things to do: Do things that annoy me and sleep on my face.

Andrea B.’s favorite thing about MoMo: He’s the best nap buddy and he drools when he’s happy.

MoMo and Andrea B. have been best friends since: he was 8 weeks old.

Fun/funny fact about MoMo: My cat knows how to turn off my electronic devices (tv, computer, xbox, etc.) in order for me to pay attention to him. He also likes to “talk” back to me when I tell him not to do something that he knows he shouldn’t be doing. (He’s such a little menace but I still love him so much).


Nicole's Cat

Photo provided by Nicole

Species: Felis catus

Breed: Tortoiseshell/tabby

Age: 8 years

Matilda’s favorite snack: BONITO FLAKES

Matilda’s favorite thing to do: Sleep and hate people who aren’t Nicole.

Nicole’s favorite thing about Matilda: She is soft and fat and she likes me but no one else.

Matilda and Nicole have been best friends for: 8 years.

Fun/funny fact about Matilda: She will lie on her back and **stare** at me if she wants attention. It’s creepy but also funny.


Nicole's Dog

Photo provided by Nicole

Species: Canis familiaris

Breed: Chihuahua/Boston Terrier mix

Age: 2 years

Toast’s favorite snack: Any treat, really

Toast’s favorite things to do: Cuddle with whoever is around and play with her stuffed squirrel.

Nicole’s favorite thing about Toast: She loves to snuggle and is just so darn cute.

Toast and Nicole have been best friends for: 2 months.

Fun/funny fact about Toast: Toast has crooked teeth and sometimes her smiles look really goofy because of this.

Rocky/Andrea P.

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Photo provided by Andrea P.

Species: Canis familiaris

Breed: Maltese/Shih Tzu

Age: 6 (ish) years

Rocky’s favorite snack: Chicken, Trader Joe’s Jerky Dog Treats, sweet potato and bison biscuits, rice and beans (both black and pinto).

Rocky’s favorite things to do: Alert for intruders and other passing doggos, run after his squeaky toys and curl up with his mom (Andrea P.) on her bed (even though he’s technically not allowed on the bed).

Andrea P.’s favorite thing about Rocky: How loving and playful he is. Rocky is also really well at picking up emotions and will be ready for supportive cuddling at any time. He’s always in the mood to play, even if he’s really sleepy he’ll wake right up and want to play if he sees any humans around.

Rocky and Andrea have been best friends for: 6 ish years.

Fun/funny fact about Rocky: Rocky is really good at standing on his back two legs. It’s really funny when he begs for treats because he knows we like it when he stands up like that, so he’ll stare up at you while he’s standing on his back two feet and try to follow you around like that.


Stella's Doggo

Photo provided by Stella

Species: Canis familiaris

Breed: Husky/Border Collie/German Shepard mix

Age: 6 months

Juniper’s favorite snack: carrots and turkey

Juniper’s favorite things to do: Go for walks, go swimming, and eat sticks.

Stella’s favorite thing about Juniper: She has tons of energy and always wants to play.

Juniper and Stella have been best friends for: 6 months.

Fun/funny fact about Juniper: Juniper is very agile and can jump on the counter top-she has eaten many treats (that she wasn’t supposed to) this way!


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Photo provided by Zoe

Species: Felis catus

Breed: Domestic shorthair

Age: 1 year and 6 months

Sylvie’s favorite snack: Vanilla ice cream and catnip

Sylvie’s favorite things to do: Sylvie loves to hunt, both outdoors (with the real animals) and indoors (with her prey-like toys). When she’s not hunting, she’s either hiding or curling up next to us.

Zoe’s favorite thing about Sylvie: How sweet and loving she is. She goes wherever we do, even if it’s just across the room and all she’s doing is napping.

Sylvie and Zoe have been best friends since: July of 2016.

Fun/funny fact about Sylvie: Every time I make the bed, I can count on Sylvie to stop whatever she’s doing to hop on underneath the blankets being placed. It’s so cute, and she loves it! Sylvie is related to Max!


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Photo provided by Zoe

Species: Felis catus

Breed: Domestic shorthair

Age: 1 year and 6 months

Max’s favorite snack: A bowl of milk and catnip

Max’s favorite things to do: Max also loves to hunt, but isn’t as good as Sylvie. He also really enjoys sleeping, eating, and bullying his sister.

Zoe’s favorite thing about Max: His playfulness! He’s always looking to play, and still acts just like a kitten. Max has extra toes on his front paws, which helps him grab on to his prey.

Max and Zoe have been best friends since: July of 2016

Fun/funny fact about Max: Max’s best friend is the house’s dog, and they love playing together! Sometimes he’ll even follow us on walks with the dog, trying to lead. 🙂

Zoe's kitties together

Sylvie (top) and Max (bottom).


Molly's other adorable puppo

Photo provided by Molly

Species: Canis familiaris

Breed: Maltese/Pekingese

Age: 6 years

Rozy’s favorite snack: Any soft meaty treat!

Rozy’s favorite thing to do: Going on drives, looking out the window and barking at children, and begging for food!

Molly’s favorite thing about Rozy: Very expressive and playful dog!

Rozy and Molly have been best friends for: 5 years.

Fun/funny fact about Rozy: Whenever we bring Rozy to my brother and sister-in-law’s house, the first thing she does it run all throughout the house to try to find their cats. They have a cat door that leads to their cage in the garage and sometimes Rozy would go in that door to check if they are there. Also, we have caught Rozy eating cat food a couple times (don’t worry she’s okay!). Rozy is from Vietnam!


Molly's puppo

Photo provided by Molly

Species: Canis familiaris

Breed: Phu Quoc Ridgeback

Age: 6 years

Kiki’s favorite snack: Bananas

Kiki’s favorite things to do: Going on runs, sleep, playing with her banana toy, and begging for food!

Molly’s favorite things about Kiki: Sweet and kind. She actually listens when I call her name haha!

Kiki and Molly have been best friends for: 5 years.

Fun/funny fact about Kiki: Whenever I grab a banana, Kiki would go absolutely insane (or absolutely bananas haha!). She would start jumping and follow me until I fed her a piece. Funny thing is, the banana has to be in the correct ripeness phase (not too green or too yellow/spotted) for her too eat it.

Molly's adorable puppo's

Rozy (left) and Kiki (right).


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Photos provided by Nick

Species: Canis familiaris

Breed: Siberian Husky

Age: 5 years 6 months

Kamy’s favorite snacks: Dairy Queen, Rawhides (the bigger the better), French Fries, Bacon, Homemade Dog Treats

Kamy’s favorite things to do: Walks / Hikes, play in the snow, go in water / rivers

Nick’s favorite thing about Kamy: Those soft ears.

Kamy and Nick have been best friends for: 5 years 1/4.

Fun/funny fact about Kamy: Like to licks lotion off legs, sleeps upside down / on her back. She loves all people!!! As for other dogs prefers Siberian Huskies.


Leo Double

Photos provided by Khabir

Species: Canis familiaris

Breed: Maltese

Age: 9 months

Leo’s favorite snack: Anything! He loves everything!

Leo’s favorite thing to do: Go to the dog park and get chased after.

Khabir’s favorite thing about Leo: Everything!

Leo and Khabir have been best friends for: 7 months.

Fun/funny fact about Leo: Leo doesn’t like to get out of bed in the morning, he plays dead (lol).



Programming Resources

Computer Science is quickly becoming one of the most popular areas of study as technology is more prominent than ever. Being able to code is an incredibly useful skill to have, whether you strive to be a game developer or an author that can build their own website! Here is a list of resources that I have used and highly recommend to anyone interested in coding.



On Campus


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UW Bothell

The Quantitative Skills Center (QSC) on campus offers free in-person and online tutoring to students at UWB, currently covering most of the core CSS classes. Take a look at the time schedule to find out when to stop by!

There are 4 CSS (Computer) Labs available to both CSSE majors and those currently enrolled in a CSS class. These seem like great places for group and solo study.

Cascadia College

Much like the QSC, Cascadia offers their students free in-person tutoring at the Learning Center. As of Fall Quarter 2017, there is one tutor covering BIT classes available Monday through Thursday.

Cascadia also has options for online eTutoring. There’s a wide range of subjects available to students, including Computer Science (Java, C++) and Web Development (xHTML, CSS, and Adobe Dreamweaver).

The Campus Library

The Campus Library website has compiled a Research Guide for CSS, containing information on research and our Computer Science and Engineering Librarian.



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Online forums are a great way to ask questions and engage with people outside of your community. I find them especially useful for understanding coding concepts and finding example code to challenging assignments.

Interactive Websites

Whether you’ve never coded before or just want to improve your skills, I recommend checking out these sites out, as they all have a lot of offered content for free.

  • Codecademy (my favorite, where I learned to code!)
  • Khan Academy
    • Topics: Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Animation, Hour of Code.
  • Lynda is a subscription-based website that offers hundreds of great extensive courses in Software Development, Web Development, and other topics.
    • 30 day free-trial, $20-$30/month after.
    • Members of the Seattle Public Library can access Lynda for free. Visit this site for more information.
  • Udacity offers an abundance of courses that contain timelines.
    • What’s special about this site is they offer “Nanodegrees”, with actual certificates for completing those courses.
    • They offer a mix of paid and free classes.
  • Instructor Craig Duckett from Cascadia College compiled a list of resources here.


These are browser games that prove coding can be fun, and are totally beginner friendly!

  • CodinGame contains many individual, animated puzzles
    • C#, C++, Java, Python, JavaScript, Ruby, and many other languages
  • CodeCombat is an RPG, with each level covering new topics
    • Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and JQuery
  • RubyWarrior describes itself as “a triumphant quest of adventure, love & destiny all within a few lines of code”.



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Absolute Java

The textbook for CSS 142 and 143 at UW Bothell. The college I transferred from did not teach in Java, so this book has been my lifesaver in 143.





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Java For Dummies (eBook)

This book is a great resource for anybody interested in Java, but is more geared towards beginners. They define and describe the basics of Java, and later introduce well-known techniques.

To access this eBook, log in with UW net-ID.




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HTML & CSS: design and build websites

Describes and teaches the basics of HTML and CSS, and is geared towards anyone wanting to learn or brush up on skills.





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JavaScript and JQuery (eBook)

If you have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS, then you’ll easily be able to learn JavaScript and JQuery! The languages can really help make websites look more attractive.

To access this eBook, log in with UW net-ID.




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Python Crash Course (eBook)

This book is packed full of content, but is presented in a way that is not boring. It teaches through examples, and will have you view solutions and solve problems. Python Crash Course is the perfect book for anyone wanting to learn Python fast!

To access this eBook, log in with UW net-ID.



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Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 programming questions and solutions

I’ve noticed that this item is frequently circulated, more-so towards the end of the school year. It makes sense, because Cracking the Coding Interview is the perfect resource for interview prep.





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Introduction to Algorithms (ebook)

This book covers a large number of algorithms in depth, describing how to implement it and when the algorithm is useful. Instead of being written in a specific language like Java or C#, Intro to Algorithms goes over everything in Pseudocode.

To access this eBook, log in with UW net-ID.



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C# 2010 for Programmers (ebook)

The textbook for BIT 142 and 143 at Cascadia College. It is a great resource for learning C#, and will definitely help with your studies.

To access this eBook, log in with UW net-ID.



Events / Groups


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Learn to Code Seattle

This is a public group where anyone interested in coding is welcome to join. They offer introductory sessions (like HTML, JavaScript, GitHub, etc), as well as workshops, panels, and conferences. They currently have almost 4000 members in Seattle.

Black Girls Code

Black Girls Code is an organization dedicated to teaching young girls of color programming and other technical skills. They have many outreach programs and events, consisting of EXPOs, Hackathons, and workshops on various topics – the Bay Area Chapter recently hosted a 3-D Printing Workshop!

There is currently not a Seattle Chapter of Black Girls Code, but interested parties can apply for scholarships to attend any of the events in other cities.

Women Who Code Seattle Chapter

This is a large international organization who “envision a world where women are proportionally represented as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members, and software engineers”. They have a wide arrange of events posted, as well as local jobs. The Seattle chapter alone has over 3000 members.

Girl Develop It Seattle Chapter

This is a nonprofit organization that hosts events for adult women interested in programming. Most of the recent events have been public study groups, but they also have occasional courses. Just this past Fall was an Intro to JavaScript, four-day course.

CodeBuddies (online)

Through this website, programmers can arrange virtual study groups and hangouts. Anyone from anywhere in the world can join, regardless of experience with code.


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I truly believe that everyone is capable of learning to code, and there are so many resources out there to help get started – these are just a few that I know and love. I began learning to code from a JavaScript course on Codecademy while I was still in middle school! Now, I’m pursuing a degree in Computer Science at UW Bothell, and I don’t know where I would be without that one website that helped me fall in love with code.

Staying Cozy in the Winter

Snowflakes-snowflake-clipartWhen the average temperature in Washington drops to the 30’s, and the perpetual cloud of rain and fog settles over the Pacific Northwest it can feel as if even your bones shiver with the cold. However don’t let the temperature limit your activities! Whether you are skiing in the mountains or taking a walk  in Seattle there are many options to keep yourself toasty. As a lifelong resident of our wet and cold state here are some tips and recommendations that I have learned to keep the chill at bay.

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Wear a hat

Keeping your head warm is one of the fastest ways to retain heat. One way that I like to keep myself occupied in addition to making something useful is by knitting hats. Although this may sound complicated knitting yields beautiful results and never fails to be an enjoyable and rewarding pastime.

Instructions for how to knit– A set of basic, yet explanatory, instructions that highlight the steps of how to get started and mittenssome further resources that you can use when you have mastered the essential stitch.

Video for how to knit For more visual learners here is a YouTube video that I found to be thorough and concise regarding techniques and approaches for learning how to knit.

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Hot Drinks

Make your own hot chocolate! Here is chocolate-clipart-hot-chocolate-clipart-1one recipe that never disappoints and also includes tips on how to spice up your drink, with additions like cinnamon or Cayenne pepper. Putting this hot coco mix in a cute container also makes an excellent gift that can be enjoyed year round.

Hot Cocoa Mix

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Dress warmly

Nothing dampens any activity like being dressed inadequately for the weather. In the wintertime, keep warm by swapping out your summer favorites for cold weather items instead. Rather then cotton socks try thick woolen ones, or instead of a sweatshirt try putting a vest or scarf with it. One essential item in my closet during the Pacific Northwest winter is always a rain jacket. Keeping a small umbrella in your bag could also keep you all the dryer. Just think next time you are cold-pull on a hat that you made!

Find activities that you can enjoy no matter the weather

It just doesn’t seem as appealing to venture outdoors when you’ll be drenched within a minute and freezing before then here are some other options that I find allow for the same options.

  • Visit the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). Cascadia and UWB’s ARC is filled with activities that are available to students from both schools. In addition to having a full gy15e4cd36da04ea6124625d2efe204fea--winter-clipart-thermometerm, there are also fitness classes such as yoga and spin available to all students for free. More information about the ARC can be found here.
  • Visit your local library! The UWB/Cascadia library is always warm and welcome. Stop by for a place to study or read to stay out of the chill.
  • Join a club at Cascadia or UWB. There is a wide range of clubs and organizations that are found on campus and are open to all students. Furthermore the process of creating a club is simple so if you don’t find one that interests you- make one!

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Bake winter treats

Nothing heats up the house quite like a warm oven filled with holiday cookies. Here are my recommendations for great holiday cookie recipes, as well as a link to another staff member’s blog post about this topic!xmasstamps

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Curl up with your favorite book

All library enthusiasts, and readers alike can testify the joy and comfort of finishing a long day with a good book. During the winter I find this feeling to be especially perceived when temperatures dip outdoors and you can lose yourself in a different world. Whether the books that you find to read are holiday focused or merely enjoyable, here are several lists that contain books that are guaranteed to keep you free from winter’s chill.book-pile-clipart-book-clip-art

Best books to read when snow is falling

Winter children’s books

Best Holiday books

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Saving Money Using Your Husky Card

When entering college, it sometimes becomes less easier to enjoy the finer things in life, especially when you’re paying $3k+ for your tuition, buying books that cost anywhere from $50 to $300,  and somehow figuring out how to scavenge enough coins to get yourself a snack. I don’t know about you, but CoinStar has been my best friend lately.

If you’re anything like me, you may be feeling something like this, especially when something involving spending money comes along…


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Unfortunately, the only real way to save money is to budget and there’s a way you can use your very own Husky Card to do so.

Did you know you could get discounts at a number of places using your Husky Card? Well, it’s true!

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Crows on Campus

Before I came to work at the UW Bothell & Cascadia College library, I had heard about the “6 o’clock crows”. But it didn’t prepare me at all for the first time I saw 10,000+ crows flying into the wetlands at dusk. I had never seen so many birds in my life. At the time, it seemed so magical, to be standing under them. I was amazed that none of them pooped on me (and briefly held the misconception that they wouldn’t out of respect). This immediately got me thinking about how they interacted with the campus, and how they saw humans. Were they trying to be neighborly? Were they afraid of us, and trying to maintain diplomatic relations? Why were there so many?

These crows are like a neighbor that we see every day, but haven’t spoken to yet. We share this space with them, but there’s so much we don’t know or notice. I wanted to take a deeper look at the campus crow population, so I asked a Andrea Bilotta – a student at UWB who is doing undergraduate research on crows – to help me pull some information together.

By the way, I now know better, and wear a rain jacket when I go out to watch the evening crows.


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Our Crows on Campus

  • The evening migration is beautiful. Most local news articles I found immediately compared our crows to the movie, The Birds (an Alfred Hitchcock classic horror movie where birds attack humans). But that isn’t what they look like to me. Watching them arrive in the evenings, is a little bit like being under water, watching the surface. They ripple along the evening sky, far above me. If you watch them for a while, it becomes clear that they fly in small groupings which are likely family units. You can also spot them greeting other crows they know, and playing, as they fly in. Most of this takes place far above. Although as they arrive, they also land in the sports fields, and on rooftops. In my experience, they don’t congregate as much in places where people commonly walk, like the campus sidewalks and bus stop.
  • You can spot crows around campus all year, but the most dramatic sighting is at dusk, in Fall to late Spring, when crows from all over the area fly into the wetlands to sleep for the night. We don’t see nearly as many at dusk in the Summer, because crows are leave the main community to raise their young. Parents only bring them to the main group once they are old enough (and well enough behaved) to join the main group. So when you see crows in the Summer, they are usually teenagers – old enough to be on their own, but don’t yet have their own children.
  • Our population of crows is big. It’s even bigger than our student population: 10,000, up to some think 15,000 or more crows roost in the campus wetlands.
  • Crows have been roosting in the campus wetlands since around 2006. Generally, crows roost in large groups near urban areas for safety, to find mates, and regular food sources. Our crows mostly likely roost in the campus wetlands specifically because it’s a safe area with little traffic – most of the wetlands have restricted access to humans, due to ongoing restoration efforts.
  • There are about 40 species for crows, and they can be found all over the world. The crows you see on Campus are American crows. American crows grow to be about 16-21 inches long, with a wingspan of 33-39 inches and weigh about .7 – 1.3 pounds. They typically live 7-8 years in the wild, but in captivity can live 20-59 years!
  • Local resources:
    • Campus research around Crow communication by faculty member Dr. Douglas Wacker is ongoing. He typically works with a few undergraduate students, to conduct his research.
    • On the UW Seattle campus, John Marzluff is a faculty member researching how urbanization effects birds (mainly crows). He’s written three books about crows, most famously In the Company of Crows and Ravens.
    • On the UW Bothell website, Stacey Schultz writes about campus crow life.

How We See Crows: Fact & Fiction

Fiction: Crows are scary. Crows and their calls are featured in many horror movies to create ominous scenes, or jump scares. In folklore crows are often seen as a sign of death, or bad luck, have been feared throughout history, and can always be found around death and violence.

Fact: Crows have a long, complicated – but not entirely bad – history with humans

  • Many cultures have myths around crows and ravens- often as symbols of death, or bad luck. But not always. In Serbia, the Raven god Kutkh was a creation god. In North american indigenous cultures, crows are often seen as tricksters – more of a chaotic neutral. In the Hindu Story of Bhusunda, a very old sage is depicted as a crow.
  • Crows are associated with death because they are all black (a color sometimes associated with death), their vocalizations are distinct, and they are scavengers – they eat dead animals, and plants that they find.
    • It’s true that not many animals are all black. But, black is not always seen as the color of death. It’s also been a symbol for water, cavalry, the origin of the universe, nightfall, the color that auspicious government agents wear, and many, many, sports teams, etc….
    • Crows scavenge for only a small part of the diet. It’s true that you may see a crow eating dead animals or plants. But they mainly eat grains, berries, and trash. When they do scavenge, they often help to clean up road kill. Among animals that scavenge, crows are not the only or even main animal you’ll find scavenging – many animals scavenge from large carnivores like bears and lions, to small insects like beetles and ants. All kinds of dogs and wolves scavenge, but that is usually not what people think of first when they come across a puppy.
  • It’s hard to argue with bad omens and luck and superstitions with logic, but let me just say that crows can bring lots of things.

Fiction: Crows are pests. They’re seen as dirty, troublesome, useless, and unwanted. 

Facts: Crows use their intelligence for their survival. While some behaviors may cause problems for humans, or we may develop bad relationships with crows, they also have many helpful behaviors, and we can create positive relationships with them. 

  • Crows help and interact with humans in many positive ways, including giving gifts, killing insects, and cleaning up road kill. Crows are not physically affectionate with humans, but can develop friendship-like relationships with us.
  • Crows do not spread disease. There are no health concerns associated with crows.
  • Whether you like crows or not – they are protected under Title 232 WAC and The Migratory Bird Act of 1918. It’s illegal to harm a crow, destroy a nest, or keep crows as pets. To hunt them you must have a license, and you cannot kill them only because they seem like pests. They have to display a threat to crops or human health.

Understanding Crows

So I didn’t really answer all of the questions I started with. If anything, I have new questions. And I was surprised by some of the things researchers haven’t unraveled yet. We don’t know for sure if crows migrate or not. They migrate locally to their roosts at nightfall, and occasionally leave their roosts to join new ones in other states. We don’t understand when or why they leave. We don’t know to what extent they can smell, or use their sense of smell. We don’t know if their family relationships come with love, or solidarity.

But I enjoyed my foray into the world of crows, and I hope you did too!



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This blog post is written by guest contributor, Melissa Logan, who is a Circulation Lead at the Campus Library.