Quote from mef06011
Thanks for the info! I guess I'll just be on pins and needles all winter break!
I would love to know more about the campus, and the school! I'm applying for the midwifery track, and am curious about the women's reproductive rights climate. Does Seattle U tend to take a hard line when it comes to contraceptives and sex ed? It's something I'm really passionate about, and could definitely impact my decision, especially because I'd be studying women's reproductive health.
Anything you can tell me about the student body, or pro's and con's, or anything someone from the East Coast should know about Seattle would be great!
Excellent! I know midwifery is a more visible part of the healthcare system out West, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, than it is out here on the East Coast. The climate for reproductive health is really progressive in Seattle in general, and Seattle University is no exception, I'd imagine. While I've never had a course that specifically included it, SU is far more progressive on a lot of issues than you'd think.
I felt it was more liberal than the public university I attended for grad school out here. Since it's a Jesuit school, they're more focused on the dialogue about issues rather than teaching a "right way", and the Jesuit education is really focused on critical inquiry. What they definitely
focus on, though, is human rights, social justice, and disadvantaged. All of the courses I took made a specific effort to put the content into a broader perspective of making the world a better place.
So, while specific faculty members may have personal feelings about reproductive health, I'd be pretty shocked of they let that bleed into the course material and teaching. You may want to find out who chairs that department and ask them for more details.
As for coming from out of the area, there are lots of things to consider and be excited about. SU is in a really vibrant area of Seattle. Lots of parks, restaurants, coffee shops, art, etc. Capitol Hill starts just north of campus, and is well known for its LGBTQ community. It used to be the main area for that, however these days the queer culture has become pretty integrated into the whole city/area. To the south of campus is the International District which historically was "Chinatown" but has a larger Vietnamese, Filipino, and Pacific Islander presence now. East of the campus is residential and just Southeast of campus is a small, dense Ethiopian/Somalian/Eritrean community with great food available. And, West is "First Hill", also called "Pill Hill" because of the dense hospital and medical buildings. Swedish hospital is literally across the street from the School of Nursing building, Harborview (the really really
big Level 1 trauma center, associated with UW) is near as well as some smaller hospitals and clinics. So the location is really ideal. Takes about 15 minutes to walk to downtown, and public transportation is stellar.
Seattle is rainy and overcast more days than not, but when it rains it's usually just a drizzle. If you are prone to SAD (seasonal affective disorder), full spectrum light bulbs for your place can help. But, summers are amazing there, not humid, and sunny most days in the 70's or 80's. The reputation for Seattle's weather is really exaggerated, some people say that Seattlites perpetuate it to keep everyone from moving there.
Generally speaking, if you're not from Seattle, I'd be prepared for a more eco-conscious environment where recycling, organic food, and biking/walking/metro are important and people tend hold each other accountable. I've seen people get yelled at on the streets for littering and throwing away recyclables. It's a pretty politically correct place, and intolerance/racial jokes/etc aren't the norm. Compared to the East Coast, people in Seattle tend to be less blunt, less aggressive (while driving, waiting in line, etc), and more focused on the outdoors (biking, hiking, skiing, kayaking, etc).
Okay, I think I've written a novel here. Hahaha. Enough of my ramblings for now. Anyone from Seattle/PacNW who wants to add to these or correct them: feel free!