Sean Barada

Hi! My name is Sean Barada, a Mechanical Engineering junior here at UW. I grew up in California and was raised as a Roman Catholic. Every Sunday until my confirmation when I was 14, I attended Sunday school at my local church. My deep interest in religion, however, began during high school. I attended a private catholic school that was able to teach religions from across the world in depth, unlike many public schools in the area. It opened my mind to the beauty of all religion. My interest in religion continued through my general education requirements, expanding into philosophy and history as well. When the pandemic struck, I was able to take time away from my studies, allowing me to contemplate my beliefs and strengthen my connection to the world around me. I would still identify as Roman Catholic if asked today, but believe that all religions have facets that can improve the human experience—offering a deep connection to the minds of our ancestors