Info for Parents Counselors

Miles Burdick

Admission Counselor

B.A. Politics and Government 
Minor in Economics, French 2015
University of Puget Sound

What’s your favorite place on campus?

I’ve always loved the patio in front of Wheelock Student Center. During the day (especially when it’s sunny), it becomes something of a focal point on campus, as students flow to and from their residence halls, class, the Diner, and Diversions Café. It’s my favorite place to eat lunch outside, in the shade our venerable Giant Sequoia. Students will often use this space to promote their clubs and causes, as it’s one of the best gathering places on campus.

Where do you like to eat in Tacoma?

When I’m hungry, I always head to 6th Avenue, just a few blocks south of campus. For breakfast, there’s nothing better than the giant pancakes and Shaka Potatoes at Shakabrah Java. For lunch, I’ll grab a Mountain Roll at Trapper’s Sushi, or the Yellow Curry at Silk Thai. For a nice dinner out, my personal favorite is Asado, an Argentinian bar and grill.

What attractions should visitors be sure to see?

Take the ferry from Point Defiance over to Vashon Island. Keep your eyes peeled during the journey across- it’s not uncommon to see an orca or seal from the boat. Vashon is a beautiful, relatively undeveloped island populated by writers, artists, ex-hippies and organic farmers. You can catch some whale-watching from Point Robinson Park, visit one of the island’s many wineries, or in the summer, pick some blueberries and strawberries. Vashon is one of the most authentic and quintessentially Washingtonian experiences one can have, and it’s right across the water.

What do you like best about working in admission?

Easily my favorite part of any day is hearing about the diverse and storied backgrounds of our prospective students. This work affords me the opportunity to have extraordinary, genuine conversations with folks from all walks of life, and work with them through the challenging, exciting process that the college search tends to be.