What does it take to be admitted to the University of Washington? If Philip Ballinger could boil it down to one word, it would be this:
Or try a fishing metaphor. The UW's director of admissions, a consummate Alaska outdoorsman, describes the best applicants as salmon, swimming upstream tirelessly against the current to meet their goals.
"Going with the flow is not sufficient," he said. "Being a fish heading downstream just won't do it."