We’re still here for you. Each week we’ll feature a CALS Advisor who’s working remotely and looking forward to connecting with you via alternative methods!
A: I’m Rebecca Johnson and am a Study Abroad Advisor in CALS Academic Affairs Office. And this is Bear! #1 Canine Companion and Unofficial Therapy Dog, Honorary Member of CALS Academic Affairs Office
Q: What is your job in CALS?
A: I help CALS students think about how study abroad could fit into their time at UW, what type of program best meets their academic/professional/personal interests, and connect them with resources along the way as they apply and prepare to go abroad.
Q: How can students connect with you remotely?
A: For a longer conversation about how to start planning for a study abroad experience, you can find me on Starfish to schedule a phone or Skype appointment. For quick questions about applications or other logistics, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Q: What is one tip you have for students considering studying abroad?
A: Let your Academic Advisor know that study abroad might be something you’d like to do as a UW student, even if you’re a freshman and are not completely sure what that might look like for you. They can help you figure out how study abroad will fit into or complement your studies while staying on track to graduate. Also, make sure your plans are flexible (e.g. purchase refundable plane flights) and be ready to adapt to change! The Covid-19 outbreak is an unprecedented example of how global events can disrupt one’s plans, but how one can continue to move forward if willing to embrace change and learn how to do something in a new way. Study abroad is all about facing new, and at times alternatingly exciting and frustrating challenges, and finding personal growth in those moments.
Q: What is your favorite thing about CALS?
A: CALS students care about people and the planet and have the ability to have a huge impact on our collective future! As we confront the myriad issues related to climate change, environmental degradation, pollution, consumerism, and human conflict, I feel hopeful knowing that CALS students are gaining the knowledge they need to move local, state, national, and international societies towards sustainable living and to shape a better future for humans, wildlife, and the beautiful world we inhabit together.
Q: What have become some of your favorite social distancing hobbies?
A: I take long walks with Bear through my neighborhood and local parks, enjoying the sun and fresh air while maintaining a safe distance (6+ ft) from others. I also have several birdfeeders (black oil sunflower seeds, thistle, and suet) outside my window at home and the birds keep me entertained while I adjust to working remotely. It makes me feel connected to the outside world, plus it’s great for helping out hungry wildlife as they prepare for the spring baby season!This article was posted in A Message from the Dean.