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JUNE 2018: WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR THIS SUMMER?

By Alia

It’s so crazy to me that I’m already packing my things up as my freshman year is coming to a close! I am very grateful to the UW and Alpha Chi Omega for all the people I have met and memories I have made with them over the past nine months. This first year has set the bar high, and I am so looking forward to what’s ahead!

This summer is going to be very busy one for me! I am flying home to Honolulu and staying there for about seven weeks. I get to reunite with my family and friends from high school. While I am home, I will be interning for the Bennet Group. I will be working alongside the Bennet Group’s team members, learning firsthand about strategic communications. My intended major is Communications, so I am excited to gain experience in the field!

I will be returning to Seattle at the end of July. I will be beginning my rookie year on the UW Cheer & Dance team! Our summer practices will start then, as we prepare for football season (Have you gotten your Dawg Pack tickets yet?!). On days that we don’t have practice, I’m hoping to get out and explore more of Washington with my Alpha Chi sisters!

Once September comes around, it’ll finally be time to prepare for Formal Fall Recruitment! I’m so excited to meet PNMs and see a new wave of women find their homes away from Home! Going Greek has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love thinking about all the great times I’ve had with my best friends, and realizing it’s just the beginning! I can’t wait to witness the new member class receive that gift of friendship and sisterhood that I was able to find here!

I think summer is all about time— deciding what to do with it and who to share it with. I hope everyone enjoys a sunny Summer 2018 :)

  

Thanks and good luck with finals!

- Alia 

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?

Rachel Ferro

 

Top 3 Favorite Moments in College:

 

1.     One of my favorite moments as a Husky was joining the Executive Board of the Panhellenic Association as Vice President of Recruitment Management. In this role I was able to plan Greek Preview, Formal Fall Recruitment and meet incoming students at summer orientation sessions. I felt like I was able to give back to the community that has given me so much and share my own experience with hundreds of potential new members. I also developed such amazing friendships with the other women on my council from all different chapters who helped me grow into a better woman and leader.

2.     Bid day of my Sophomore year was another one of my favorite college memories. I really enjoyed the experience of recruiting for my chapter and was so excited to see our new members come home. I had met such an incredible woman during recruitment who I hoped all week would run home to us, and when I saw her on bid day it was the best feeling. To this day she is one of the most incredible and genuine women I have ever met.

3.     My third favorite memory is in the making right now. As my member class of Seniors come closer to graduation, we are closer than ever and reminiscing on some of our best memories in the house and the nostalgia we all feel for our early days as Alpha Chis. This week we are celebrating each other and all of our sisters with meaningful events every night that are sure to become lifelong memories.

 

My advice for the new member class would be to not let small problems make you forget how blessed you are. In this moment you are young, receiving an incredible education and surrounded by a support system stronger than any other, cherish every second of it. <3

 

APRIL 2018: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN A SORORITY? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED BY JOINING THE GREEK COMMUNITY?

I used to have a very warped idea of what being in a sorority meant, thanks to movies and social media. It wasn’t until my older sister joined her sorority, that I was able to get a real and honest insight to Greek Life. My sister inspired me to Go Greek because I saw how much her college experience was enhanced by being in a sorority. I wanted the “big school experience.” But coming from a smaller high school in

Honolulu, I knew it was going to be a huge adjustment taking that leap. I wanted to make UW smaller, to find a tighter community on the larger campus. The Greek Community was the perfect solution.

I went into Formal Fall Recruitment with no previous knowledge about chapters, except from when I flew up to Seattle for Greek Preview. I didn’t understand it at the time, but my sister really couldn’t guide me through recruitment from her experiences because she went to a different university. Each chapter is so unique campus to campus, and it is important to meet the women firsthand to gain a sense of what the chapter is all about here at UW specifically. No one can really “prepare” you for going through Recruitment because it is such an different experience from person to person, and you have to go through it with an open mind, all while learning about new people and yourself.

From being a part of Alpha Chi, I have realized that I need that sense of community and organization to not feel so lost. What I love about my chapter is that we don’t try to bring each other down, but we build each other up. We all have our own individual personalities, styles, and interests, but we support everyone and share many core values. Our mottos, “Real. Strong. Women.” and “Together Let Us Seek the

Heights,” empower us in all that we do. Being in a sorority has completely shaped my college experience so far and has helped me tremendously in making the best of my time here at UW. I always encourage my friends and peers to look into joining Greek

Life because I have found my home away from home and friends I know I will have for the rest of my life.

MARCH 2018: HOW HAS A PANHELLENIC WOMAN IN ANOTHER CHAPTER ENHANCED YOUR GREEK EXPERIENCE?

BY ALIA LEVI

I lugged my two suitcases up the stairs of Hagget Hall in the heat of September. I came to my room that had a sign with my name on it next to “Elizabeth.” Little did I know then, what a dear friend Lizzy would be to me. Lizzy and I got to know each other from being roommates during Rush and going through that wild experience together. We clicked instantly, which could be surprising considering Lizzy is two years older than I am and is an exchange student this year from England. We had a great time swapping little cultural tidbits, like Lizzy telling me about her favorite moments on the Great British Baking Show, and I would play some Luke Bryan while getting ready in the morning. I’m very grateful that I had Lizzy going through Rush with me because Greek life was such a foreign concept to both of us (especially to Liz!).

While Rush is a very personal experience, Lizzy was respectful and insightful when we would check in with each other throughout the week. We both were so happy on Bid Day, as we became members of houses that are the perfect fits for us.

Lizzy is an inspiration to me because of her courage for diving into a new culture, being so friendly to everyone she meets, and jumping on opportunities to make the most out of her experience here in the US. I love the lucky times I bump into Lizzy or go to breakfast to catch up.

My relationship with Lizzy exemplifies one of the greatest things about Greek life—not only do you bond with 130+ new sisters, but you become close with members of the Greek community in other chapters. I love hearing about the different events, values, and people from Lizzy’s house. Though she is only here in the country for this year, if I ever find myself in London, or if she ever finds herself in Honolulu, we know we’ll always have a friend to call.

MARCH 2018: HOW HAS A PANHELLENIC WOMAN IN ANOTHER CHAPTER ENHANCED YOUR GREEK EXPERIENCE?

BY ALIA LEVI

I lugged my two suitcases up the stairs of Hagget Hall in the heat of September. I came to my room that had a sign with my name on it next to “Elizabeth.” Little did I know then, what a dear friend Lizzy would be to me. Lizzy and I got to know each other from being roommates during Rush and going through that wild experience together. We clicked instantly, which could be surprising considering Lizzy is two years older than I am and is an exchange student this year from England. We had a great time swapping little cultural tidbits, like Lizzy telling me about her favorite moments on the Great British Baking Show, and I would play some Luke Bryan while getting ready in the morning. I’m very grateful that I had Lizzy going through Rush with me because Greek life was such a foreign concept to both of us (especially to Liz!).

While Rush is a very personal experience, Lizzy was respectful and insightful when we would check in with each other throughout the week. We both were so happy on Bid Day, as we became members of houses that are the perfect fits for us.

Lizzy is an inspiration to me because of her courage for diving into a new culture, being so friendly to everyone she meets, and jumping on opportunities to make the most out of her experience here in the US. I love the lucky times I bump into Lizzy or go to breakfast to catch up.

My relationship with Lizzy exemplifies one of the greatest things about Greek life—not only do you bond with 130+ new sisters, but you become close with members of the Greek community in other chapters. I love hearing about the different events, values, and people from Lizzy’s house. Though she is only here in the country for this year, if I ever find myself in London, or if she ever finds herself in Honolulu, we know we’ll always have a friend to call.

JANUARY 2018: INTRODUCTIONS AND NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Hi there! My name is Alia Levi, and I’m a freshman in Alpha Chi Omega. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. My first time to Seattle was in my sophomore year of high school because I had a dance competition. One day, I had some free time and decided to spontaneously check out the UW campus. Little did I know then that I’d be living and attending school there just two years later. Along with dance, my passions include writing, design, and spending time with my friends and family, especially at the beach. I was so excited to come to UW, not only for the obvious change in scenery, but to find new ways to pursue my interests. I intend to major in Communication, possibly leading into a career in Advertising or Public Relations (but who knows what’ll happen). 2017 was the most monumental year in my life — graduating from high school, being accepted to UW, moving to Seattle, joining Alpha Chi — but I feel like it was really just the beginning. Now that I’m here, I want to grow, learn, and enjoy every minute of it. Seattle is the perfect place to get out, explore, and take advantage of the amazing opportunities it has to offer. Change is the only constant in life, and the New Year is always a great reminder of that. For myself and fellow freshmen, our first quarter here at the UW is behind us, we’re celebrating surviving our first Dead Week of finals, we’re sleeping in on what used to be "Dawg Saturdays," and we’re finally feeling like real college students. Not only that, but real Huskies.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who hopes that 2018 is our time be confident, make mistakes, learn from them, and continue to have a great time. So though I’ll be ringing in the new year with my family and friends back home in Honolulu, I’m very much looking forward to ringing in Winter Quarter with my AXO sisters and the UW community.

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