JUNE 2018: WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR THIS SUMMER?
By Emma Casey
As freshman year winds to a close things are pretty bitter-sweet. This summer will be a huge change. It is the first summer I will be spending away from my home in San Diego. Even though I miss my parents and friends back home, I am excited to live in a fraternity with the best friends that I met this year. The weather in Washington is beautiful in the summer and I can’t wait to be able to do more outdoorsy things out in the sunshine. The fraternity has promised “the best summer of our lives,” including boating on Lake Washington, walks down to the cut and lots of gorgeous hikes. Another thing is one word, two syllables, Watershed. I’ve never been to the Gorge or spent the night in a tent and come August I will be doing both. My friends and I have all bought tickets and are studying the lineup up so we will know every word to every song that plays. This summer will be unlike any other that I’ve had before and I know I will look back on this and cherish it forever.
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?
1. One of my favorite memories was the first football game! I loved seeing all the different sororities with their letters and having so much fun together, it got me excited.
2. I loved Red Dress Gala (alpha phi’s philanthropy) it was so rewarding coming together with the group of girls I lived with to do something bigger than ourselves. Plus it was so much fun dressing up in red dresses and being with everyone!
3. My other favorite memory is getting my little. That week just being able to spoil her and surprise her was so fun! It was awesome when I was finally able to call her my little, and we’re still best friends today!
My advice would be to be intentional and get involved with the sorority. Go on GADs, go on formals, participate in philanthropy, apply for exec, branch out to other PC’s and just enjoy being in this crazy experience.
APRIL 2018: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN A SORORITY? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED BY JOINING THE GREEK COMMUNITY?
BY RACHEL HARMEYER
Growing up, my Dad always told me stories of him being in his fraternity when he was in college. He told me the fun, social side of it, but also the bond that he made with his brothers. I remember one story he told me about his sleeping porch and how the guys would always prank each other. When I was going through recruitment, I was so excited to find the house that I could find that bond with. Girls that I could goof off with and be able to create those serious friendships with. I joined a sorority because many of my friends were, and my dad’s influence, but mostly because I wanted to join a community that was like me, where I was welcomed with no questions asked. When I walked into Alpha Phi on bid day, that’s how I felt.
Being in a sorority, I have learned more things than I can name. I truly think that most of my growth over the last four years can be credited to the women and community that I have surrounded myself with here at UW, rather than the academics. Of course I have learned a lot of finance skills, but what I learned from Alpha Phi, in my opinion is more useful in my every day life. I learned the meaning of a true friendship. In high school, you aren’t living with your best friends. When I joined Alpha Phi and was put in a sleeping porch, I quickly learned the amazing benefits of living and going through new things with your best friends. I also learned how supportive women can be. My freshman year of college was pretty difficult at times for me, but the women of Alpha Phi always cheered me up. They knew when I needed a hug, and when I needed to be alone! I was supported through and through, and still am to this day.
As a senior, I am starting to get more and more sentimental about my experience in Alpha Phi. The Greek Community is such an amazing place. People are so inclusive and it creates a bond like you’ve never seen. I am so grateful for all of my memories here at Alpha Phi.
MARCH 2018: HOW HAS A PANHELLENIC WOMAN IN ANOTHER CHAPTER ENHANCED YOUR GREEK EXPERIENCE?
BY RACHEL HARMEYER
I graduated high school in 2014 with my best friend Chloe, both going to UW and going through formal fall recruitment. Chloe and I had endless sleepovers the summer before rush talking about how excited we were for recruitment, all of our outfits, and finding our chapter. Throughout rush, Chloe and I never talked about which houses we preferred, and we did this because we wanted fate to take control! When bid day came, we ended up in two different chapters, and we were so excited for ourselves and each other. During my freshman year, Chloe introduced me to her close friend and new sister in her PC, Amy. Amy and I were both pursuing the Foster School of Business, so we connected on that. I was over at her chapter spending time with her friends just hanging out! I remember being surprised how normal it was to hang out with a girl in another sorority. I don’t think I really expected that when I came to college, I guess I thought you join a sorority and those are your only friends. I was very wrong!
Amy was also a big influence as to why I decided to live in a fraternity my first summer at UW. Amy, Chloe and I actually all lived in the same fraternity and made so many fun memories together that summer. Amy and I helped each other through our Foster prerequisite classes, and ended up both getting in! We have been able to support each other through school, first jobs, boyfriends, and all the other good stuff! Now as a senior, I look back on my relationship with Amy and I am truly thankful that I was able to make such a strong connection with a woman in a different chapter at UW.
FEBRUARY 2018: HOW DOES YOUR SORORITY EMPOWER YOU ACADEMICALLY?
Over the last four years as an Alpha Phi I have continued to feel support in my academics. As a freshman we were introduced to study hours, where our sorority would host study sessions at various libraries around campus. That was a great way for me to get adjusted to the college atmosphere. Coming into college is a big transition, and Alpha Phi always did a great job of supporting that.
Once I decided I was going to apply to the business school, I had a number of upperclassmen women in my chapter help me out. From looking at my resume, to helping me prepare for internship interviews, to filling out my application for the Foster School of Business, I was supported. We always have had a great community of academic women that love to share knowledge and expertise to the younger girls.
Now as a senior I see myself doing the same - giving advice to the younger pledge classes as they take classes to prepare for applying to Foster. The greek system is a great community for that reason: academic support. Of course there are other benefits, but we are here at UW to grow in our knowledge and get a degree, and I have always felt support from my sisters that way.
My college experience can definitely be contributed to Alpha Phi. I have been able to feel a community of support personally, academically, and now in my career search as I pursue different interviews for my job post-graduation. I am very thankful!
JANUARY 2018: INTRODUCTIONS AND NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
Hi there! My name is Rachel Harmeyer, and I am a senior in Alpha Phi here at UW. I am in the Foster School of Business studying Finance, and graduating this spring! I am very excited, but also super nervous to get out into the real world. Since I am graduating in the next six months, interviewing has really started to rev up, so on top of my upper level finance classes, I am interviewing a bunch! But I am optimistic it will pay off soon. ☺
Besides school, I am interested in health and fitness! At the beginning of my junior year, I created an Instagram, @rachelsfoodandfitness, where I post my meals and workouts. It started as more of a method of accountability for myself, but then my friends became interested and now it is public. I share some recipes I make myself, but also share the yummy meals I go out to eat.
That leads me into my new year’s resolutions! I have two main goals for the year. I want to make my food and fitness Instagram exciting to me again by trying something different. Since I am in a liveout this year, I get to cook a lot more, so I want to showcase different healthy meals on my Instagram stories and post the recipes afterwards.
Next, I have the goal of simplifying my life of extra stuff that I don’t need. I tend to hoard my clothes BADLY. Like I still have my juicy sweats that I wore in the sixth grade… Moving in and out of the sorority every quarter used to be such a hassle for me because I had so much stuff. So when I moved into my liveout this year I made it a goal to get rid of a lot of stuff. Extra lotions, old cards that I don’t read, clothes that I haven’t worn in more than a year, etc. It will help me keep more tidy and have less to move around!
So that is a little bit about me! I’m excited to continue this journey this year with the Panhellenic blog! You will hear from me soon!
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