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 top three favorite memories in college:
1. Sophomore year, spring quarter my best friend and roommate had the worst quarter of her life. It was unbelievable how many awful events happened to her in such a short amount of time, and she could not catch a break. On top of stress from family, friends, and a taxing council position in our house, she was also working as hard she could while preparing to apply to the Foster School of Business. I remember so vividly when she got that email and told me that she made it in. I was sitting on the top of our bunk beds and I was so incredibly happy for her and proud of her. It was an amazing feeling to feel so much joy for someone else and I loved getting to be there for her through good and bad times.
2. I studied abroad in Nantes, France for fall quarter of my junior year, and all of studying abroad was such a fantastic experience. I got to ride on the swings wearing a dirndl at Oktoberfest, I watched someone get proposed to on top of the Eiffel Tower, I hang-glided in the Swiss Alps, I hiked the Scottish Highlands with my parents, I rode bikes around the streets of Amsterdam, and I went to ruin bars in Budapest. I made so many wonderful memories that I will always cherish with friends that I will never forget.
3. Junior year I got to live out with ten of my best friends and we were in this absolutely appalling house, like we didn’t have carpet in the bottom floor, just dirt the first two months we lived there, and it just always smelled funny. But for us, it was the best house ever. We got to be truly independent for the first time and we were surrounded by friends who made us laugh at the crazy situations. We made so many ridiculous memories in that house, and it was the epitome of college for us. I absolutely loved it because I got to be there with people who meant so much to me.
If I could give advice to incoming freshmen, there’s a quote that pretty much sums college up: “The days are long, but the years are short.” There are going to be nights that you don’t sleep because you’re writing a paper you’ve procrastinated on, and there will be presentations that you have to give that you are absolutely dreading, and you’re going to get sick and want nothing more than your mom, but then one day you will somehow be in May of your senior year and be wishing more than anything that you could do it all over again. Because, against all odds, you will get through those days you think might never end, and you will also have some of the best days of your life and the combination of those days produces memories and people that you love beyond measure, and you will be a better person because of it. So, cherish the bad days too, because you will survive, and they will help you build relationships and independence that are irreplaceable and someday sooner than you think, you will wish you had them back.
APRIL 2018: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN A SORORITY? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED BY JOINING THE GREEK COMMUNITY?
Going Greek was genuinely one of the best decisions I made coming into college. The University of Washington is an amazing but massive campus, both in its size and population. As an incoming freshmen, it can be challenging to adjust to the changes in classes, professors, friends, and environment. Coming from a smaller high school, I knew I wanted to be a part of some community or group to feel a sense of belonging and familiarity amongst thousands of new faces. Joining a chapter before my freshmen year began facilitated friendships, and in just a few short weeks I felt like I had a support system of over a hundred intelligent, capable, incredible women to whom I could ask questions, seek out for comfort, and learn from. Aside from this, I decided to “Go Greek” because joining a sorority means joining a network of connection, connection to women from all around the country who have diverse experiences in their personal and professional lives. As a young woman just beginning my career, having access to a network of job opportunities and internships is incredibly helpful in becoming established. Finally, I chose to join a chapter because I’d heard nothing but positive feedback from friends already off at college who decided to go Greek.
What have you learned from being in a sorority?
After being in my sorority for almost two years, I have learned a lot. First and foremost, I learned the power of vulnerability. It’s hard to be open with people, particularly if you’ve had negative experiences in the past; however, when you avail yourself to others you forge better friendships, and the girls you live with know you better. I learned to be completely comfortable and confident in myself, and when I do struggle I know I can lean on the amazing people around me who continue to inspire me to be the best version of myself. I am honestly a better, happier person today because of the women in my house. While everyone is different, which brings the occasional challenge, those differences and the uniqueness each woman brings elevates everybody. I appreciate the diversity in my house because it’s forced me to look at things differently while equally feeling secure in my own thoughts and opinions. As much as I love my chapter, I’ve learned that a balance is so important. While I love spending time in the house, its equally important for me to be a part of other things, like my job, involved in my family, meeting students that are not Greek-affiliated, or venturing outside of the U District on sunny weekends, to name a few. I have learned that transition isn’t easy and that is okay. When I first came to UW and joined my chapter, the first month was tumultuous to say the least. I missed the familiarity of my family, high school, friends, and home. Now, I feel like I have two “homes”: the one I came from, and the sorority I live in now. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I learned that everyone has a story, and no matter how it may seem on the outside, its crucial to remember that with every single interaction you have with a human being, especially girls in your sorority.
MARCH 2018: HOW HAS A PANHELLENIC WOMAN IN ANOTHER CHAPTER ENHANCED YOUR GREEK EXPERIENCE?
Since joining the Greek community, I’ve learned a great deal about the difference between authentic connection and shallow acquaintance. Even just three weeks into my freshman year living in KD it was clear that what actualizes something like KD is not simply rushing the house that appeals to you and that you appeal to; instead, it’s about finding the people that you truly connect with. And those true connections aren’t going to cease to form outside the walls of Kappa Delta.
The true pals I’ve made in college have come from KD, other places within the Greek community, as well as other communities on campus. There’s something to be said, in my opinion, for stretching your roots far and wide, a practice that has proved to open up a lot of beautiful opportunity beyond simply the house that I live in.
For instance, one of my closest friends lives just down the street from me at Kappa and has improved my time in college a great deal. Lindsay was one of my first friends at the UW as she turned out to be my roommate during recruitment. Just little green plants we were, when I first met her she was wearing a Velvet Underground teeshirt and I knew we were bound to be friends. Since recruitment of my freshman year, she has become someone that I can’t do homework with without giggling yet is also one of the people I can count on most to fully listen to what’s on my mind. Next week we’ll hit the open road and head for California and never look back (until school starts again, that is) and I think it's safe to say, I'm glad I met her.
FEBRUARY 2018: HOW DOES YOUR SORORITY EMPOWER YOU ACADEMICALLY?
Being in Kappa Delta, my academic drive has reached new lengths. Being in a house with so many different women studying so many different fields, it is amazing to see how far passion can get you. Coming into college, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I never found that one thing in high school that I knew I wanted to root myself in for the rest of my life, and I spent much of my freshman year at UW taking numerous classes of all topics hoping something would stick with me. However, seeing the women in my house, and specifically my PC, find their passions and putting everything they had into it, made me want to do the same.
This was my boost to really get serious and apply my strengths that I knew I had into a field I would love. KD offered me the strongest, most powerful women to be able to talk with about their majors to see what I might be able to relate to the most. Seeing everyone else around me succeed made me want to succeed.
After many conversations, getting a sneak peek into various fields, and a lot of personal reflection, I was able to enter my sophomore year with a clear vision of where I wanted to take myself academically. I have decided to study communications and am currently taking prerequisite classes to apply for the sales program through Foster School of Business once I am a junior, something I would have never seen myself doing when first entering college. I have never been so motivated to put so much of myself into my studies and academic success, and this is in large part due to the amazing people I am surrounded by every day at Kappa Delta. This has shaped my college experience in ways that I never would have imagined possible. I personally have grown so much, ready to take on just about anything and no longer scared of the future or putting myself out there. I have learned the importance of failure as I have seen those older than me in KD learn from their failures and make success stories out of them. My experiences and the lessons I have already learned have not only added so much value to my college experience, but to my life and future endeavors, and I cannot wait for all that is to come!
Written by: Drew Locknane PC16
JANUARY 2018: INTRODUCTIONS AND NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
begins again and calls for its own intention or resolution. Bringing an intentionally to The turn to a new year offers a universal decision to begin again. A resolution, though often abandoned by February, at least allows for a examination of past and current energy and a reimagining of the future that each of us would like to create. In my own examination of 2017 and the possibilities of 2018, I am aware of the lingering energy from past injury, but increasingly award of the beauty that is right in front of me: the present moment. The past year was about understanding the potential to create
what energy and passions I want to cultivate in my life, I have come to believe is the only way I want to live. It’s quite clear that the only way to move into spaces in which I am most myself and most content is to release past resentments and past fears. In entering the new year, there are three things on my mind: following my passions, turning away from fear, and starting each day with a beginner’s mind.