By Megan McConnell, Editor, Transfer eNewsletter
They're calling it the Great Recession. According to economists, we've been in it for quite a while now, and we'll be in it for quite a while longer. Recessions this deep tend to affect all facets of the economy, and colleges and college students are feeling it. When I thought about what to include in this issue of the Transfer eNewsletter, and whom to ask to write pieces for it, I thought about the recession and how it will affect students.
First and foremost on prospective transfer students' minds right now is probably simply this: getting in. As always, the Admissions office has offered an Update for you on the current admissions climate, as well as what advice they give to prospective applicants. Have a look.
The next question is often how to pay for college. For that, we turned to Linda Olsen and Kay Lewis from our Financial Aid Office. Their article discusses not just applying for federal financial aid, but also the Husky Promise guarantee.
After earning a bachelor's degree, most of our students want to find gainful employment. So we've included a piece by Susan Terry, the director of our Career Center, on the value of internships. The good news about the timing of this economic downturn for students considering transferring to the UW is that the economy may well be improving by the time you are finishing your degree, and in the meantime, employers may be looking for cost-effective ways to get work done, which often means assigning interns significant areas of responsibility. In the career arena, for folks at your stage of the game, there may actually be a silver lining in all this economic bad news!
In her interview with Evening Degree Program graduate Carla Lapov, Evening Degree Program adviser Connie Montgomery discusses the economic downturn and how it has affected Lapov. I wouldn't describe the interview as rosy, but it's not without silver linings, as well.
Finally, in this issue we've got updates from several academic departments (Art, English, Technical Communication and Medical Technology), our usual summary of upcoming UW and departmental application deadlines, scholarship deadlines, and a few additional other items.
The economic downturn isn't fun for anyone, but it is a good time to be furthering your education. I thank you for your interest in the University of Washington.