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Old 09-20-2010, 12:29 PM
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My wife is finishing an accounting degree and we are interested in relocating to Seattle from Lexington, Kentucky when she's done.

I have an electrical engineering degree from the University of Kentucky and am interested in pursing a Masters -> PhD at the University of Washington in computer science. I've been working as a development engineer on embedded firmware in laser printers for 3 1/2 years now and have decided that I'd like to really dig into the CS side more.

My question to you folks are what is the typical path for someone moving into the area, establishing residency and than entering the University of Washington CS program?

I've spent some months haunting this site trying to learn about the pros and cons of the Seattle area and we intend to visit the area next year for a couple of weeks so that we can get personal experiences of the city. My wife visited Seattle years ago but I have not.

I love nature, but hate the heat. I thoroughly enjoy rain and overcast days. Coffee is my soul food, although I have had to go to decaf for health reasons.

Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:07 PM
Location: LQA, Seattle, Washington
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Originally Posted by Zeijandi View Post
I love nature, but hate the heat. I thoroughly enjoy rain and overcast days. Coffee is my soul food, although I have had to go to decaf for health reasons.
Sounds like you're a natural already
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:16 AM
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UW has an excellent CS program and it doesn't hurt that Paul Allen has donated a lot of money to that place. As for residency, you'll have to wait a year until you can get that for tuition purposes. I advise you to immediately get a driver's license, registration, new bank account, etc. if and when you move to WA.

Seattle's a great place to live, especially if you enjoy the overcast and cooler weather, and it's the coffee capital of the States. There are many excellent restaurants and bars, in addition to the coffee shops on every corner (and no they're not all Starbucks). There are also many major sports teams here and it's a haven for outdoor activities. Even though it's a slow pace city, there's a lot going on in the forms of entertainment. If you're into suburban living there's the eastside, which is more quiet and safe. Also if you have kids or plan for some, Bellevue has arguably one of the best systems in the country.
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