The First Time I Felt like a Seattle Resident.
By Dana Needelman
This past weekend, my cousin Alex from San Diego came to the UW to visit me and see what the Pacific North-West was all about. On his first real day here, we went to the “Seattle famous” Gasworks park, so he could get a real view of the city. As we sat there on a bench, looking at the city past the Puget Sound, I told him about which areas of Seattle were which, and we talked about the different famous musicians from Seattle. For the first time, I was the one sharing information about the city instead of being told it. After that, we took a walk around campus, which was spectacular because The UW was fully embracing fall. We marveled at the changing leaves, historic buildings, and the general vibe of the school. I had such a sense of pride when he told me that my campus was the most beautiful campus he had ever seen, at every new place I took him. After finishing our campus tour, Alex, my roommate Halle and I all went to Pike Place Market to get the very touristy feel of Seattle. Even though Halle was guiding us the whole time, for the first time I had a general sense of direction for where I was and what was going on. After enjoying some fish-and-chips at Pike Place, we walked over to the Space Needle to finish our Seattle tour. By the end of the day, even though I was exhausted, I really felt like I lived in Seattle, instead of being a tourist in the city. Because I had been able to show Alex around and shoot out some fun facts every now and again, I had a sense of “Washington pride” that made me feel at home with my fellow Pacific-North-Westerners. I am so used to being the only one not from the state of Washington, that when I was around even newer eyes to Seattle, it made me realize how much I actually have learned. By taking the bus to different events all by myself, I have learned to navigate around the city, and what it truly means to be living on your own.