Low-Cost Internet & Tech

Online classes require internet access and that can be tough sometimes. If you need to set up internet or are having trouble paying for it, these resources may be of use:

Internet Options

Overviews of Internet Providers, Programs, and Eligibility: 

Purchasing a mobile hotspot can be a good option for those who don’t qualify for low-cost internet programs: 

Low-cost Devices

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The Sociology Writing Center is Now Online!

Lindsey, the Writing Center TA, standing in front of a banana mural.

The Sociology Writing Center is now online! This quarter we are offering Zoom meetings, Google Doc meetings, or email consultations.

  • Zoom Meetings – Schedule a time for a 30-minute meeting to discuss your paper and any obstacles you’re experiencing. We can also do screen share so we can both look at your paper at the same time. This type of meeting is great if you’d like to brainstorm ideas, discuss the assignment requirements, or have a complicated problem to work through.

  • Google Doc Meetings – If you use Google Docs, we can work on editing your paper together. Using editing mode, comments, and the in-app chat feature we can discuss your questions and my recommendations in real time during your scheduled appointment slot. Google Doc meetings are good if you’d like to work on structure/organization, sentence-level corrections, and citations/reference lists.

  • Email Consultations – This meeting isn’t really much of a meeting, but you’ll still get feedback on your work! Send your paper to the writing center and Lindsey will review your work, leave tracked changes and comments, and provide summary thoughts on ways to move forward in the return email. She can also clarify questions you may have over email afterwards too. Email consultations are useful for most questions, however some forms of feedback (for things like brainstorming) will be limited.

The Center is open for appointments 9:00am – 2:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We’re also hosting drop-in hours from 12:00pm – 2:00pm on Thursday afternoons for quick questions or to chat about your writing.

Want to make an appointment? Email writesoc@uw.edu. We’re looking forward to working with you on your writing this quarter!

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Get Prepped for Applying to Law School

UW Law School Building

If you are thinking about about applying to law school, these virtual sessions from the UW Career & Internship Center may be useful!

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Welcome to Spring Quarter

Photo credit: Randall Perez [Photo description: A landscape photograph of the the UW quad, with a brick pathway, grass, and light pink cherry blossoms on the trees. Very few people are present.]

The cherry blossoms are back, but we aren’t. (In true social-distancing fashion you can watch them online here.)

As we enter spring quarter almost everything is different. Your instructors are working hard to transition your classes online and hopefully, over the course of this adjustment week, the dust will settle a little and our ‘new normal’ will emerge.

But teaching and learning during a pandemic isn’t normal and won’t be the same previous quarters. Everyone in the sociology department understands this and is adjusting our expectations accordingly. Dr. Kate Stovel, our department chair, has set our guiding principle for this quarter: patience, flexibility, compassion.

We’re all doing this new thing together and we want you to be aware of the resources available to you. Here are a few that may be helpful over the next few weeks:

  • Advising Appointments – Both Susanna and Randall are working hard to make this transition as smooth as possible. They are also open for virtual or phone advising appointments (email asksoc@uw.edu to set one up). There may be a lot of questions or weird problems that come up. Please shoot us an email and ask – let us do the hard part.
  • Writing Center – The Sociology Writing Center is fully digital this quarter. Once you get your class syllabus and assignments, email writesoc@uw.edu to set up an appointment. You can choose a Zoom meeting, email consultation, or Google Docs editing session. As a reminder, you can sign up for a meeting at any point in the writing process, even if it’s just to brainstorm or talk through the assignment. It’s possible that your classes will assign more writing this quarter (and that other writing centers will be busy), so please get in touch if you’d like help!

  • This Blog – We’ll keep you posted about upcoming deadlines, resources, or any changes you need to know about on this blog. With everything being online this quarter you will probably get a lot of emails; hopefully the streamlined information available here will be easier to navigate.

In the face of the unexpected, we’re excited to help you get the most out of this quarter and believe that sociology has a lot contribute to our understanding of the current moment. As we’re all figuring this out, please be in touch!

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Learn More about the US Census

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The ASUW Office of Government Relations and the U.S. Census Bureau will be hosting an information session about the 2020 Census to let the UW community know about what the Census is, why it is important, and how to make sure that students get counted! Over 10 billion dollars in federal funding is allocated based on Census results which is why it is critical to make an all-campus effort to ensure that the U-District is properly represented, as college students are historically undercounted in the Census.

Attendees will walk away being knowledgeable about the 2020 Census and encourage their organizations and communities to participate.

The info session will take place on Tuesday, March 10 in Gowen 301 from 7:00-8:00pm. Banh mi, spring rolls, and other snacks will be available for participants!

For anyone who is interested in attending or getting more information, please fill out this RSVP form tinyurl.com/asuwcensus

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Low Cost LSAT Prep Course at UW

Are you interested in going to LAW school, but can’t afford to pay $1200+ for LSAT prep classes?

A low-cost, high quality, LSAT prep course is being offered at UW starting in April. This class will prep for the June, July, and August test dates. The comprehensive, 24 hour, live course includes 2 practice exams and costs $328. Students who qualify for financial need-based aid will pay about $268.

The course is taught by a top-ranked instructor, who was a high-scorer on the LSAT and is a current UW Law student. He has taught and tutored for several years.

Classes will be held Tuesdays from 6:00 – 9:00pm on the following days: 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, and 5/26. The dates and times for the proctored practice exams will be set later.

To apply visit campusprep.org. Questions can be sent to admin@campusprep.org.

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CLUE Online Writing Tutoring

Heads up! The Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) is launching online writing tutoring this spring!

For the pilot Spring Quarter sessions will take place during normal CLUE hours (Sunday through Thursday, 7:00pm – 11:00 pm) and will be by appointment. Students can book appointments through our website beginning March 30, 2020.

Looking for in-person help? Check out the Sociology Writing Center – we’re happy to chat with you about your sociology papers and assignments!

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