A Seattle Beginning

A Seattle Beginning

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By Dana Needelman 

Seattle, Washington. When other people hear about this city, the most immediate thought is “rain.” When I hear Seattle, the first thing that pops into my mind is a concert venue, filled with young 20 year olds sporting flannels, army jackets, and doc martens. This idea that I have of Seattle is what initially drew me into looking into schools in the Pacific North-West. After having visited my plethora of universities, I knew that University of Washington, in Seattle of course, was the right fit for me. It did not come as a surprise to me that a lot of people I talked to would not have the same feelings about moving to such a “rainy city.” My suspicions were confirmed when almost every adult I told of my academic plans told me, “Oh, Seattle? Why do you want to move there? Well, just make sure you don’t get depressed!” with some pat on the shoulder or some other “comforting” gesture.

What bothered me the most about this all too familiar statement, was that all of these people were neglecting the culture and opportunities that this wonderful city has to offer. I knew I would love all of the bands on the rise, independent artists inspired by the city, and the general “seattle coffee shop” feel that I was about to be immersed in. So here I am, just a young 18 year old, ready to explore Seattle and all of the art and culture that is at my finger tips.