My name is May Tran and I received the 2023 Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship. I am about a week into my first quarter at the Seattle Campus of the University of Washington and it’s been surprisingly fun! I am majoring in biochemistry on a pre-dentistry track and have found my professors to be funny and the lectures interesting, but physics is giving me a bit of a headache. I’m super excited to see what the rest of my year will look like, but my one tip to new freshmen is that your year is really what you make out of it. Even though I’m commuting this year, I find that you can still have that “college experience” as long as you put yourself out there and try new things.