APRIL 2018: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN A SORORITY? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED BY JOINING THE GREEK COMMUNITY?
I always knew since I was little that I wanted to be a member of a sorority. I had two cousins that were both members of sororities at our very own school and loved it. They would always talk about their sisters so fondly and have all of these fun friends over that would be so sweet, fun and always there for eachother. Growing up with two brothers, I did not exactly have the same type of bonding with them as I could with sisters and so I went Greek and became a part of a big family full of sisters. I am so happy I made this decision. I finally understand what my cousins went through and the types of bonds they had. The people I have met through Greek life have truly changed my life for the best and I am so thankful. I have learned through being in Greek life just how kind people really are if you are just outgoing enough to say hi. Everyone in Greek life is kind to all and I would trust everyone with my life - it is so easy for me to say that and that is something I used to think I would never be able to say about a Greek system. I am so proud to be apart of University of Washington’s Greek system and I can’t wait to see what is to come as I continue my four years here with my fellow sisters.
MARCH 2018: HOW HAS A PANHELLENIC WOMAN IN ANOTHER CHAPTER ENHANCED YOUR GREEK EXPERIENCE?
BY ERIN LLAMAS
When thinking about the people that have enhanced your Greek experience, naturally it’s easy to look at the
people in your own chapter. While I give credit to the women in my chapter for such a remarkable Greek
experience, I’m also very appreciative for the women outside of my chapter. I cannot emphasize enough how
valuable the relationships are outside your own chapter. When reflecting on my experience here at UW, I would
not be the student and friend I am if it weren’t for the friendships I hold with women in other chapters.
After getting to know other Panhellenic woman in the community, I’ve come to realize that the members of the
Greek community empower one another to excel not only academically but in other realms of life. Here at UW,
it is apparent that the idea of sincere friendship and commitment go beyond the letters of your house. Cameron
Washington, Ava Wardian, and Ali Wall to name a few. After getting to know these girls through various
classes, study sessions, and Panhellenic events, it is clear that they’re not only there for the women in their
own chapter but women in other chapters as well. These three have had a strong impact on me and countless
women in other chapters.
The Greek community here at UW is one characterized by uniqueness and notable experiences. I’m thankful
every day for the people brought into my life as a result of the Greek community. If you haven’t done so yet, I
encourage you to pursue friendships outside the walls of your chapter. Go out there and make a friend!
FEBRUARY 2018: HOW DOES YOUR SORORITY EMPOWER YOU ACADEMICALLY?
BY ERIN STOREY
Pi Beta Phi is a sorority that strongly encourages the women of the chapter to succeed in what they are passionate in. We emphasize individualism and uniqueness in order to have the best UW experience. There are girls in a variety of different majors that not only help those who are applying to pursue the same one, but study together in order to help everyone succeed. It is an amazing opportunity to have so many girls push you to be the best you can be and support you through every step of the way. Having alumni and our seniors to talk to is helpful as well. Whether it is what classes one should take or how to prepare for a difficult course, having someone who supports you in what is to come is reassuring for your future. This is a special month for our house too.
NPC’s Month of the Scholar has truly boosted everyone’s ambition to becoming a better scholar and person. More hours in the library is one way that as a group, we have succeeded. Being surrounded by those who work hard truly encourages you to study more and focus on your grades. Here at Pi Beta Phi, our goal is to shape every individual into their best self and enlighten one another to have the best UW experience possible. Together as one, we will continue to encourage everyone to strive for success.
JANUARY 2018: INTRODUCTIONS AND NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
BY ABBY NAGAICH
Hello! I'm Abby Nagaich, a newly initiated member of the Washington Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi. I couldn't be more excited to be one out of three (Erin Storey '21 and Erin Llamas '20) of my fellow sisters writing in our Panhellenic magazine this year. Writing is a very special thing to me and so I feel that being one of the writers for our blog will be so fun!! I hope to double major in Public Health and Law Society and Justice (fingers crossed!). I love to spend time with family and friends hanging out or spending quality time in the mountains either skiing or hiking or down by the water boating and water-skiing.
I also love travel and studying cultures that makes each and everyone of us unique. Along with that, I value togetherness and having a whole life surrounded by many very much, which is what lead me to think Greek Life was perfect for a girl like me. For this upcoming new year, I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish, but I think I'm going to make 2018 a year of health and happiness. My New Year's resolution is to visit the IMA or any other place I can exercise more days out of each week than not and to take advantage of all social activities I can obtain from the University of Washington. I wish you all a Happy New Year and may you all achieve your resolutions!!Love your baby angel,Abby