JUNE 2018: WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR THIS SUMMER?
This summer, I am studying abroad in Beijing, China and I could not be more stoked for this opportunity! While I am going through the endless list of tasks to prepare myself for living in a new country—from applying for a temporary VISA, to following every foodie Instagram I can find for inspiration—what strikes me most is that I will have to adjust to being away from home. Being an in-state student, I have never been away from home for more than a month, much more an entire summer. If you have not already experienced them first-hand, Seattle summers are incredible.
Wherever you will end up this summer, I hope you get to experience something new and make ~Summer 2018 ~ one for the books!
MAY 2018: SENIOR SPOTLIGHT : WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVORITE MOMENTS OF COLLEGE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE FOR THE INCOMING MEMBER CLASS '18?
My name is Tenicia and here is my senior spotlight reflection for Alpha Gamma Delta!
Favorite memories at UW:
1) Polish Week Sisterhood ‘16 where our chapter split up into two groups: an inner and outer circle. The inner circle closed their eyes and turned inward while the outercircle travelled in a circle, tapping the inner circle on the back when statements like “Tap someone who inspires you” or “Tap someone who makes you smile” etc. were read aloud.
2) Attending the UW Holi paint festival with my AGD sisters Freshman Spring Quarter! The sunshine & vibes were unparalleled
3) Recruitment sisterhood ‘15 when we each shared what Alpha Gamma Delta meant to us. I had never laughed or cried harder nor felt such love and light in a single setting before
Advice for incoming freshman:
These next four years are going to FLY by. Make sure you see and do all that you want to do at UW before your time is up!
APRIL 2018: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN A SORORITY? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED BY JOINING THE GREEK COMMUNITY?
When I first found out I would be attending UW as a transfer student last spring I didn’t really consider going Greek right off the bat. It was something that I had wanted to do when I was in high school looking at colleges but as it’s now a few years later I wondered if it was still the right thing for me. I didn’t know anyone who had been in a sorority to ask any advice from and I wasn’t entering the university as a Freshman, which I assumed the majority of girls going through Formal Fall Recruitment would be. In the end, I decided that it would be worth it to take the leap because I liked the idea of being a part of a group of girls that support each other and make such a large university a little smaller. I wanted somewhere where I could feel at home. Those are exactly the things I found on Bid Day when I ran from the Hub to my new
On top of finding people that I mesh with really well (one of whom I met on the first day of recruitment and ended up in the same house as), I found that even though the girls in my chapter are all so different, instead of it causing rifts and/or issues it is celebrated. That attitude is the biggest thing I’ve learned from being in a sorority. Just because people come from different backgrounds and have different interests/talents it doesn’t mean they can’t work towards a collective goal or become really good friends. A lot of people shy away from those that aren’t similar to them and I think by doing that they are not allowing themselves to be open
to some great experiences. I learn from these girls every day and through uplifting each other we all work together to make one another better. We may not all be best friends (that would be A LOT of best friends) but we all want to see each other succeed and do our best.
MARCH 2018: HOW HAS A PANHELLENIC WOMAN IN ANOTHER CHAPTER ENHANCED YOUR GREEK EXPERIENCE?
Before even joining a chapter, likely some of the first sorority women you will encounter are your recruitment counselors, or RCs. One of the crucial roles of an RC is to disaffiliate from their own chapter during Recruitment to guide Potential New Members (PNMS) through the process of ending up in a chapter that suits them best. Because PNMS have no idea what chapters these women belong to, the focus is on meeting and learning about the diverse and brilliant Panhellenic as a whole, rather than only paying attention to certain chapters.
I almost withdrew from Formal Fall Recruitment--had it not been for my RCs. After a brutal cut between the second and third rounds of recruitment where houses I had become attached to disappeared, I was devastated.
I wanted to talk to my friends who were also going through recruitment, but we vowed to not show each other our lists of chapters we were visiting as to not dissuade each other's opinions. I messaged my friends from high school, but they couldn't empathize in the same way. I called my parents and told them not to worry and that college was going great so far. One of my RCs in particular pulled me aside and asked if I needed to talk. Moments after, I cried my face off while she listened. It was crazy to me how much more my RC--a near stranger--could comfort me in that moment more than my friends or family. To be an RC involves being equipped to empathize with girls who are in extremely fragile emotional states, listen to their voices, and encourage them to carry on.
My RCs have taught that no matter the chapter, the Panhellenic Community is full of supportive women that I can count on, in and outside my own chapter.
FEBRUARY 2018: HOW DOES YOUR SORORITY EMPOWER YOU ACADEMICALLY?
If you a top notch scholar, let me hear you holler!
The Greek Community has provided me with so many opportunities for growth during my collegiate experience; it’s almost unimaginable for me to remember that I almost didn’t rush because I was worried that being in a sorority would distract me from prioritizing academics. However, beyond the pictures and the matching T-shirts, being a part of a sorority provides me with endless possibilities to learn something new every day. From study snack packs during dead week to squadding out to Odegaard together, I am grateful to know and live with some of the most authentic and ambitious people I have ever met.
The academic benefits of joining a sorority chapter are boundless – here are my favorite ones:
Study buddies: Making the trek to the library or your favorite coffee shop on the Ave can be brutal without some company. Even if we are all working on completely different subjects and have headphones in, I find comfort in being surrounded by people and getting a change in scenery for studying—this not only encourages me to not trap myself in my room, but also makes the mundane task of school feel a little more eventful. Furthermore, taking the same class with people you know allows for convenient formation of study groups. Staying up to quiz each other in the dining room and hold each other accountable for going to class encourages me to be a better student.
Mentorships: Living with so many people, you are bound to find somebody who has insight on the best classes to take, whether you are deciding between which major to apply to, or are just seeking a fun VLPA. One of the best programs that my chapter promotes is a mentorship between older and younger pledge classes. Going into college, I had a vague idea of what I wanted to major in but felt very confused as to what order to take the prerequisites in or how I can find more major-related programs on campus. When I was paired with a girl who I looked up to who is not only in my intended major but is highly involved as a student representative for the school and various professional RSOs and fraternities, I was stoked to have someone I can turn to for questions. I still message her nearly every time registration approaches for advice. This year, I get the opportunity to mentor someone from a younger pledge class, to which she exclaimed, “You’re like the future me!”
Networking: One of the most difficult skills to grasp when joining a chapter is gaining the ability to interact with many people on a daily basis. Growing up in a small town where I had been surrounded by the same group of people my entire life, I was nervous to branch out. However, meeting people with various perspectives and backgrounds has been extremely refreshing. Furthermore, last year my chapter hosted an Alumnae Networking Night, where our alumni visited and talked about their current careers, and the paths that led them there. We were able to meet women who found great success after college, and gave us advice about how to encounter work and internship opportunities, and utilizing your network to make the most of our unique collegiate experiences. Being surrounded by driven women who will go on to accomplish insanely cool things in the future inspires me to be a better scholar.
Alpha Gamma Delta
JANUARY 2018: INTRODUCTIONS AND NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
Hi everyone! My name is Jasmine, and I am currently a sophomore who is hoping to graduate with a degree in business with concentrations in marketing and information systems. Some of my favorite things include dogs, Dawgs, Spotify premium, bubble tea, karaoke, and showing off my useless talents like the cup song or napkin folding. My dream jobs would be creating catchy commercial jingles and slogans, being a concert ticket scalper, or publishing children’s books starring my dog Hershey. I have always enjoyed writing so I am stoked to contribute my thoughts to this blog, and I am looking forward to hearing from the perspectives of so many brilliant women in our Greek Community!
Throughout the years, my New Year’s resolutions have proved to be painfully empty; vague and underwhelming, as you might expect when reinventing your life based on a completely arbitrary time frame. For most people, New Year’s resolutions are more of a basic conversation topic than a list of feasible goals. However, maybe this is because we purposely make these resolutions too vague to be accounted for, or too specific to keep up with. Good news! By taking a vague statement, and then adding an action and its frequency (when applicable) to contribute to this goal, you are creating small yet tangible steps to fulfilling your resolutions. If you had an existential crisis at some point in your life, in 2017 or earlier, here’s a start to figuring out an answer to the unnerving question, “who am I and what can I do to give my life purpose”? Here’s to asking yourself: who dis?
Resolution: Pick up a new skill
Action: Choosing a skill you are excited to learn and practice
Frequency: Once a day
Starting a new skill is scary, especially if, like me, you become discouraged if you are not immediately good at said skill. Still, soon you will see how quickly you were able to develop this skill or a cool new party trick to shock your friends. The skill you choose doesn’t matter, as long as you are able to commit to taking ten minutes or less out of your day to practice it; it can even be picking up a secret talent, like learning one line each day to Busta Rhymes’ verse in Look At Me Now, or something more complex like training yourself to write with your non-dominant hand. For me, a completely ungraceful fool, I am going to test my flexibility a little more each day by stretching until I can do the splits.
Resolution: Cut down on social media
Action: Only check social media apps when notified
Originally, my resolution was “only check social media apps twice a day”. While this might be sufficient screen time for some, I had to be more realistic and remind myself how many hours I spend constantly refreshing my news feeds for new distractions. Only checking when notified is still, admittedly, probably too frequent. Still, this will significantly reduce my aimless scrolling and waiting for notifications. By knowing yourself and setting reasonable goals that help you move toward a bigger goal, you can learn to celebrate little victories instead of trying to be too ambitious and eventually not following through.
3) Resolution: Stay organized
Action: Make your bed and clean your desk
Frequency: Every other day
Trying to work or relax in a cluttered room can often be counterproductive, as the mess causes stress. Even taking some time to organize every other day can make you feel more at ease. I vow to keep my bed and desk clean; when I felt too lazy to make my bed, I have slept on top of my blankets instead of under them and proceeded to wake up freezing and miserable. Additionally, far too often I let plates pile up on my desk for days, then have to trek down two flights of stairs with a stack of dishes, feeling ashamed.
4) Resolution: Prioritize self-care
Action: The little things that make you feel like you have your life together
Frequency: Whenever you feel like it--not just whenever you think you deserve it
How you feel determines how you function throughout the day; self care isn’t an afterthought--it’s a priority. To be your complete, badass self, put effort into doing things that make you happy, even if it’s just the little things that make you feel like you have your life together. This can mean refilling your water bottle a certain number of times a day to stay hydrated, shaving your legs even though it’s winter, wearing your retainer, writing in a journal, or always having fask masks on hand. Also, a tip: you always deserve it.
5) Resolution: Be a better and more connected friend, sister, daughter, etc.
Action: Keep track of your loved ones’ schedules and check in
Frequency: Often, but especially when they have important events such as tests, job interviews, applications to their majors, etc.
College is a selfish time; when we are busy, we tend to isolate ourselves and get caught up in our own lives. During a hectic past quarter, I found it so easy to hyperfocus on being busy that I neglected to see my friends for days--even while living under the same roof. I also regret not taking a moment out of my day to facetime my parents more often. Take some time to check up on your friends and family to stay connected to the people who mean the most.