JUNE 2018: WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR THIS SUMMER?
Wow there are so many things I am looking forward to this summer!!
Majority of My Summer:
I’m from Bellevue, Washington, just a 20-minute drive away from Seattle, so I get to enjoy the beautiful Seattle summer weather. On June 18th, I start interning at PwC (one of the Big 4 accounting firms) in Downtown Seattle. It will be an 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, 40 hours a week gig until mid-August, but I’m very excited to gain more hands-on experience with work relevant to my future career (auditing). Also, interns who receive a full-time offer with the company at the end of the program will be invited to an all-expense paid trip to Disney World to bond with other interns and employees! Fingers crossed I receive an offer!
1. My anniversary with my boyfriend is July 4th (we met at a 4th of July BBQ ), so this year we are planning to do a fun adventure out in Leavenworth, Washington. I definitely want to go horseback riding, river rafting, and enjoy all the cool art and other attractions there!
2. For four years now, two of my best high school friends and I have done annual summer vacations. It started off as ‘stay-cations’, exploring the San Juan Islands and whatnot, then last year we went to Vancouver, Canada, and this year we want to go to San Francisco! We’re definitely last-minute planners, though, so who knows exactly what will happen. We will likely get matching turtle tattoos this year too (that's another story to tell).
3. My G-Little has a place down in San Diego, so her, my Little, and I are planning a fun weekend trip down there! Yay Fam bonding!!!
4. A group of interns and I are planning a potential trip to New Orleans after our program is over! Still in the works but I’m super excited!
This will be the second to last free summer I have before working full-time and becoming a real adult! I hope it will be a memorable one, and I hope all of you have a great summer as well. Stay safe and have fun!!!
VP Recruitment Development
APRIL 2018: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN A SORORITY? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED BY JOINING THE GREEK COMMUNITY?
The moment that I decided to join the Greek Community began with my acceptance to the University of Washington. I grew up in a small town outside of Vancouver, Washington, and I had been dying to move somewhere new so when I received my letter from UW I was absolutely ecstatic. I immediately accepted my offer and my mom and I came to Seattle to attend an Admitted Student Preview Day. At that event, we went on a tour of the Greek Community which was my first real exposure to Greek life and I listened to my tour guide talk about how sororities were founded on beliefs such as philanthropy, academics, leadership, and friendship.
About halfway through the tour, my mom, who had been mostly silent up until that point, poked me and said, “Meagan, this would be perfect for you. I think you should do this.”
My mom had not been in a sorority in college, and the only member of my family that had ever been Greek was my dad, who was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Montana State. My dad doesn’t talk much about his fraternity, and the only things I really knew about greek life came from the media. I was shocked when she suggested the idea, but as we continued along the tour, it was a thought that became more and more real with each step.
Upon returning home after the weekend in Seattle, I read up on everything I could that pertained to sororities at UW. I realized that many of the values that chapters were founded on coincided with things that I believed in, and that these organizations truly provided the support system that I knew I would need when I moved away. I also knew that joining a sorority would push me outside of my comfort zone, and I would get the opportunity to interact with so many unique individuals on a daily basis.
When I ultimately decided to hit submit on my recruitment registration, the deciding factor for me was that I wanted to surround myself with confident, outgoing, and driven women that could teach me things that I wouldn’t have normally learned if I had not decided to go Greek. I felt that I could truly learn from a Greek experience, as every aspect of college is an opportunity to learn and engage, and this opportunity was so unique and special that I didn’t want to give it up.
After nearly three years of being in my chapter, I can attest to the fact that I have learned so much from being in a sorority, but I’ll highlight a few here:
Even on your toughest days, there is someone in your chapter that will be there for you.
During my sophomore year of college, I went through a huge breakup with my boyfriend from high school. This was a time where I went through a lot of emotional ups and downs, and never once did I doubt that my friends in my chapter would let me go through it alone. They were a monumental part of my healing process, and I always knew that there would be someone that I could count on to talk things through with me, give me reassurance, or just hang out during a time that I felt extremely alone and vulnerable.
The stereotypes associated with sororities will never do us justice.
While there are things that everyone in the Greek community knows are actually pretty spot on (screaming door chants, matching t-shirts, etc.), many of the stereotypes that are attributed to sororities don’t even paint a fraction of the whole picture. I have met women in this community that absolutely amaze me, and I have the privilege of serving on the Panhellenic Executive Board with ten of the most dedicated leaders I have ever encountered. Women in this community study every subject that UW has to offer, and they excel at all of them. I know women that are working for Fortune 500 companies, for non-profit organizations that are changing the world, and for local startups that have the potential to grow into something huge. Sorority women are some of the hardest working students that I see on campus, and that’s an aspect of Greek life that I didn’t see being portrayed in the media.
You’ll never get an opportunity to do anything like this again.
I think being Greek is so special because there is truly no other experience like it. Not every aspect of being in the Greek community is sunshine and rainbows, and I would be doing you all a disservice to advertise it as that. However, the memories I have made and the experiences that I have been able to have because I chose to go Greek are all more than worth it. Joining a sorority has greatly improved my college experience, and has given me friends that I look forward to having in twenty, thirty, forty years from now. Moving into a house with 95+ women sounded absurd to me when I thought about going through recruitment (and it was), but I don’t ever regret it. I have gained so much from my chapter and from this community in general, and I can’t imagine life at UW any other way.
While my reasons for joining this community may be very different than someone else’s, I would encourage anyone interested to give it a try. College is ultimately about learning - about yourself, about the world, and about the unknowns. You’ll never know about something until you try it, and I encourage you to give Greek life a deeper look beyond the stereotypes, the media, and whatever your friend from high school swears she thought she heard from someone who might be in a sorority at UW. With that being said, I hope to meet some of you that took the time to read this post at Greek Preview on the 29th, and I or anyone else from Panhellenic would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
MARCH 2018: HOW HAS A PANHELLENIC WOMAN IN ANOTHER CHAPTER ENHANCED YOUR GREEK EXPERIENCE?
As an 18-year-old girl going through Formal Fall Recruitment, when I wanted a sorority experience, I wanted a group of women that I could do life with. Little did I know that in joining my chapter, I would be gifted with sisters that went beyond my own chapter walls.
It’s really easy to go through recruitment and look for your home, I mean, that’s what you’re supposed to be doing. You’re supposed to find the place that you feel the most comfortable in. However, it’s easy to look for what’s familiar and what makes you feel safe. You look for what you know.
And then you join your chapter, and you find your soulmates, your cheerleaders, and biggest role models. They’re women that make you better. I was really lucky to be encouraged by my chapter to get involved in the greater community. So I went out of my comfort zone and looked at the unfamiliar.
I’ve never looked back.
My best friend my freshmen year, Emily, lived in the chapter up the street and she was in my FIG. She was someone I idolized and cared for, and our friendship has since blossomed. We’ve called each other crying, driven each other mad, and laughed so hard in a school library that I’m pretty sure we’ve almost been kicked out twice.
One of my biggest girl crushes, Anna, my freshmen year I met for the first time during recruitment, but we found each other later in the school year. She was involved on Panhellenic, and I was just in awe of her commitment to the community and her passion for serving others. It was in joining her committee, I realized I was just as passionate for our community and decided to run for Panhellenic too!
Wow, the council last year became my family. They were dedicated to their jobs and excited to make a difference. We encouraged each other to talk about the difficult parts of our community, and motivated each other to take risks. They made me better and stronger and braver, so much so, that I ran for Panhellenic President.
So I’m a quarter done with my second round on Panhellenic, and honestly, I’m one of the luckiest girls in the world. I have another group of women that are just as crazy as I am. Within one quarter we’ve given hundreds of dollars to fund inter-sorority exchanges, have actively met with chapter executive boards through position roundtable, and have had big conversations about community safety and the future of our campus. It wasn’t a perfect quarter, but we did a lot, and let me tell you, a lot is coming.
I love my chapter and all of the women in it, they’re my home. But in getting involved beyond my chapter, I am able to see that every chapter is the same. Every organization on our campus is a home to a women looking to make the most out of her college career. That’s what makes us a community, we’re all here together, and we all want the same thing. Being part of Panhellenic means so much more: We may have different letters, but we share the same values.
I encourage you to look beyond your chapter. You don’t have to hold a position on Panhellenic, but you can start a conversation with another Panhellenic woman in your class, or at the IMA, or at your favorite feed—because who knows? Maybe you’ll find your best friend and never look back.
FEBRUARY 2018: HOW DOES YOUR SORORITY EMPOWER YOU ACADEMICALLY?
VP of Community Engagement
Hi all! My name is Sajal and I am the VP of Community Engagement. In February, the NPC celebrates Month of the Scholar, in which we recognize those women who excel academically as well as reward chapters who are doing great things with their academic programming! One of my roles is to work with the scholarship chairs of each chapter and to help celebrate this exciting month!
In what ways does your sorority empower you to learn and grow in your academic field at UW?
My chapter is constantly pushing me to grow and learn in the academic field! It almost seems as if every woman in my chapter is in a different major, and as a freshman last year trying to navigate where my passions were, having so many women passionate in so many different areas helped expose me to all that UW has to offer and all the possibilities I had.
You could walk into any room at any point in the day and listen to women talking about their internships or jobs, which only further empowered my desire to one day be working in a field that I cared so much about. Watching one of my friends in our chapter get a research position studying fetal brains inspired me to get my research position in children’s sleep health. Seeing how well my sisters did on their tests drove me to study smarter in order to achieve good grades. Every academic decision I make, I know I have the support of 100+ women behind me. They help guide me, teach me, and support me through it all.
How has this impacted and shaped your college experience?
Without my chapter, I don’t think I would be where I am today. I would not know what to major in, how to find an internship, how to apply for jobs, how to study, the list could go on forever. The women in my chapter have pushed me to become a better version of myself, and I truly mean that. Every day I get to see women doing what they LOVE to do, and that is a feeling I have only ever hoped to achieve. Because of my chapter, I have found and developed my passions, and discovered ways to take that passion and make it a reality.
JANUARY 2018: INTRODUCTIONS AND NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
My name is Jamie, and I’m the University of Washington Panhellenic VP of Public Relations this upcoming year!
I am super excited to share with you guys our new release of our Panhellenic Blog. The Panhellenic Executive Board before us worked so hard to prepare this release in January— I am so excited to share their work in collaboration with the new 2018 Executive Board! Each month alongside the individual chapter blogs, all members of the Panhellenic Executive Board will be taking turns posting and blogging about their own individual experiences and ideas following each prompt. We hope that this blog is a way to hear individual voices from chapters in our community!
I’m a current sophomore from Mercer Island, WA (about 15 minutes away from UW). I am majoring in Human Centered Design and Engineering, or HCDE, and minoring in Dance! To give you an idea of what HCDE is, it’s an interdisciplinary major along the basis of Computer Science, Design, Psychology/English, and Engineering! It sounds super daunting on paper but once I took my first intro course I knew this was exactly what I wanted to do with my life (11/10 recommend the 3 credit intro course HCDE210). I couldn’t imagine myself studying anything else! HCDE is geared towards putting people first in terms of designing and engineering technology by studying user-centered design and human-computer interaction.
In high school I was super torn between majoring in CS and in Psychology so I found HCDE a perfect mix of the two! I have also been dancing since I was little and have taken a dance class every quarter at UW, so I am planning on minoring in Dance.
Although pretty much every New Year’s Resolution I’ve made has been broken at some point due to my lack of self control (I gave up chocolate when I was like 8 and I lasted maybe 3 days), I’d like to set some realistic and attainable goals for this year that I can actually hold myself accountable for!
Here are a couple of my resolutions for the year:
Make a positive impact on Panhellenic.
Joining the Greek Community has given me amazing opportunities to get to know so many strong-willed and like-minded women within my chapter but also outside of my own house. Although all we wear different letters, we spent hours waiting for bid day and going through recruitment for the same reasons-- a broadened sense of community. Joining my own sorority has given me so many opportunities to meet new, amazing people and serve our philanthropy- I hope to empower other women on Panhellenic the way I have felt empowered in my chapter.
Find new study spots and explore campus more.
Since its my second year at UW I have kinda gotten in a rhythm of where I study and frequent on campus and I want to explore more places on campus/quirky coffee shops near campus to study. I especially hope to go to Capitol Hill more by taking the light rail!
Some of my current favorites:
- Denny Hall
- Suzallo Library (my roommate worked fall quarter there at the Starbucks! The Starbucks was recently redone and it’s a great place to study as well)
- Parnassus (a cozy cafe in the basement of the art building)
- The HUB (On the second floor a lot of the times there’s someone playing the piano which I love listening to while studying)!
- Ugly Mug Cafe (hidden on the ave but is my favorite coffee shop near UW)
- Cafe Umbria in Pioneer Square
- Le Panier in Pike Place
- Law Library (when I really need to plug in my headphones and get work done)
Be more intentional.
Take more classes outside of my major that I care about.
This quarter I’m taking Introduction To Coffee (NUT490) with a couple of friends and it has by far been one of the best classes that I have taken so far at UW--I am a coffee addict so I knew that this would be a perfect fit for me. It is a one credit seminar and we get to test multiple types of coffee from different parts of the world every week!
This quarter a couple of my friends and I don’t have class on Tuesdays so I am planning on (hopefully) skiing up at Stevens Pass! Last quarter I joined the RSO Husky Snow Club, which offers rideshares (and reimburses gas money) to different ski resorts in Washington and hosts various events on the hill. I can’t wait to be able to spend more time outdoors!
I’m also traveling with a couple of friends this year to the Dominican Republic for spring break through the Inn at UPC to serve local communities there! I have never been to Central America, and I am super excited to learn from those communities and explore the area.
Cheers to 2018!