JUNE 2018: WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR THIS SUMMER?
As the school year came to a close, I could not wait for what was in store for me during the summer. This summer marks the halfway point through my college career which is so exciting…and a bit terrifying. I am one step closer to accomplishing goals I have set for myself since freshman fall quarter and I cannot wait to see where life takes me. For me, this summer is not like ones I have had in the past because it is the first summer I will be spending in Seattle.
I was born and raised in Orange County, California, but as a now junior (that is so weird to say), I felt it was time for me to make “adult” decisions and be on my own. While I won’t be completely on my own because I am living with a few friends this summer, the sense of independence is fulfilling. Like most college students, I am taking a class during the summer in order to finish the last requirement I need to apply to the Communications major in the fall. Though summer is the time to have a break from classes, I am excited to be able to further my studies at UW next year in my area of study.
On top of taking a summer class, the most exciting part of my summer is my internship. I went back and forth about what type of job or internship I wanted for the summer, and when I stumbled upon an opportunity to work at University Presbyterian Church as a Children’s Ministry Intern on the Husky Jobs website, I was intrigued. I decided to fill out and submit the application, not sure if I would get the position. To my luck, I got the job, along with four other fellow Huskies that I cannot wait to work with! I cannot wait for the opportunity to share God’s love with all of the children this summer, as well as see myself grow in different areas of my life. This is a chance that I would not have been willing to receive if I did not go to UW, which makes me even more excited to see what is to come for me as I enter the second half of my time in college.
Getting to spend my summer working in ministry and taking a class may not have been what I originally planned, but I cannot wait to begin! In the middle of all of this I know that I will make time to relax by the pool, read a few books, watch a little Netflix, and spend time with friends.
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?
When I was trying to figure out to write for this blog post, I contemplated for a long time about particular, distinct moments in my last four years at the University of Washington. But, then I realized that moments, to me, signify something small and quick; many of the best things that I have been a part of have been much longer lasting to be classified as a “moment”. Being a Husky has brought me so many experiences that are too special to be classified as mere “moments”; therefore, I have compiled three of my favorite experiences that have provided me a complete and meaningful undergraduate career.
This first experience is when I served as the VP of Administration on the Panhellenic Executive Board for 2017. Not only did I learn more about the community that I had been involved with over the last three years, but I also learned more about my own capabilities all while being unconditionally supported by my family and friends. The women who were my fellow board members soon became my Panhellenic sisters, and those relationships are absolutely irreplaceable. Being on Panhellenic was something that I never imagined I would be a part of, especially coming from someone who was extremely hesitant to go Greek as an incoming freshman. I have gained so much from being Greek, and I wanted to give back to my community in one of the most meaningful ways that I could.
My second experience is working with the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) and conducting child development research at the Pacific Science Center downtown. I not only recruited participants, but also conducted the actual research experiment with the children at the museum. This experience has been valuable because I have been able to teach children at a young age the wonders of exploration, research, and their important role in scientific discovery. Academics and learning have been such a vital part of my life and being able to educate both children and adults about something that I am passionate about is priceless.
My last experience has been one of the most rewarding and is one that I will look back on in years to come and appreciate whole-heartedly. Being a Recruitment Counselor (RC) for two years allowed me to use more of my skills than I was prepared for; it challenged me by not only working with groups of varying sizes, but also working with an unimaginable array of different personalities. Each of my Potential New Members (PNMs) are some of the funniest, kindest, most intelligent, and beautiful people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Having the opportunity to be a mentor and friend to them, encouraging them to become empowered women and people, teaching lessons that go beyond sorority and college walls, and witnessing their own personal growth will always have an immense amount of meaning to me. (P.S. you all know who you are, and I adore each and every one of you).
If I could provide advice to the incoming freshmen class, first of all, I would say to really take in and appreciate all of your time as a college student in everything that you find yourself a part of. Dedicate your time, be present, and actually look around you. I would also advise making friends with people who are outside of your circle (whether that it is outside of your major, outside of your Greek organization, outside of your RSO, etc.), because before you know it, they become a part of your circle. These people not only better you as a person, but also add versatility, diversity, and dimension to your Husky Experience. Lastly, never compare your journey over the next four years to someone else’s journey. Your time as a Dawg is what you make of it, and by comparing yourself to others, you lose track of your own experience that you should be creating.
My years at the University of Washington has changed me for the better in more ways than I could have ever believed. Moving to Seattle in the summer of 2014, I was a quiet, small town girl from the middle of the state who was excited and scared about starting a life in what seemed like a completely different world. Now, as a woman who will be receiving her diploma in a matter of weeks, I am someone who has managed hundreds of people, someone who has been involved in the classroom just as much outside it, and someone who has become an overall happier, healthier, and stronger individual. I have so many people to thank for my time at the UW, and reflecting on it makes me realize how truly blessed and grateful I am.
Best of luck to graduating, current, and incoming students in all future endeavors.
Signing off as a soon-to-be alumna of the Greek community, Zeta Tau Alpha, and the University of Washington,
APRIL 2018: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN A SORORITY? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED BY JOINING THE GREEK COMMUNITY?
As a member of the Greek community, you get asked quite frequently what made you decide to go Greek. For me, there were multiple different things that helped me make my decision to go through formal recruitment and join a sorority when I started at UW. My older sister was in a sorority at TCU and encouraged me to go through recruitment my freshman year because she had such a positive experience as part of her chapter. I am from Southern California, so I knew that going through recruitment would allow me to find an incredible group of inspiring and caring women to surround myself with, making it a little bit easier for me to transition to life in college. I was also very involved in philanthropic work in high school, so I knew that I wanted to continue that when I was in college and going Greek was a great way for me to do so.
Now that I am a sophomore, I have been able to have so many amazing experiences in my chapter. The women that I have the privilege of calling my sisters encourage me every day to work hard towards my goals. I have learned that a true friend is always by your side no matter what and that I can be completely myself around the women in my chapter and no one will judge me. Being in a sorority has taught me to be a leader, while also being a member of a larger group. It has also taught me values that I can carry into my life after college. Going Greek was by far the best decision that I made when coming to college.
MARCH 2018: HOW HAS A PANHELLENIC WOMAN IN ANOTHER CHAPTER ENHANCED YOUR GREEK EXPERIENCE?
Entering formal fall recruitment, I knew absolutely no one. I was coming from out of state and was definitely not ready for the long week ahead of me. I had no idea what to expect from life in a sorority, not to mention the stress that comes with going through recruitment. I relied a lot on my RCs during this week, but one in particular, Maria.
On the first day of recruitment, the entire experience was very new to me. Talking to a bunch of women all day became very tiring towards the end, but that hardest part was that it was 9/11. Not only was I two states away from my family, but it was the first time I was not with or at least in the same state as my dad on 9/11. He is a firefighter so this day is always significant in my life. Maria was there for me when I really needed it. As the rest of the week continued, she was a resource that I could go to to ask any questions and if I needed someone to talk to.
She gave me hope for the type of women I would be surrounding myself once I joined a chapter. Her supportiveness and positive outlook showed me some of the things I would be getting from the relationships I would soon begin to form. If I hadn’t met Maria or had her as my RC, my week of formal fall recruitment would have been a lot different.
FEBRUARY 2018: HOW DOES YOUR SORORITY EMPOWER YOU ACADEMICALLY?
BY GWEN MCINTOSH
If I were to describe my sorority sisters in one word it would be encouraging. Before coming to college, I only had a few very close friends. Little did I know that once I joined Zeta, I would now have 130 new friends that I would come to be very close to in just one short year. They would be the women who pushed me outside of my comfort and helped me to find my true passions.Entering UW, I was planning on majoring in Early Childhood & Family Studies. Since the fifth grade I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, so I couldn’t wait to start taking classes and reach my goal. That was until I took my first ECFS class last spring quarter. As the quarter came to an end, I was realizing that teaching might not be want I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
I immediately looked to my sorority sisters for some help. After many long conversations, I realized that I was passionate about fashion and social media; Communications became my first change of major. I wanted to find ways where I could explore more of what I was interested in, and with the encouragement of my sorority, I started my own blog. For the first six months of starting my blog, the support from my sisters was incredible! It felt so good when my they told me that they read my posts and got inspiration from me. I had finally found what I was supposed to do, or so I thought.
As fall quarter became more and more busy, I found myself scrambling at the last minute to post on my blog and balance school and sorority life. I knew that something had to give. I took a week off here and there from my blog and when I went back to work on new posts, I realized that my original love for it just wasn’t quite there. Again, I looked to my sisters for some advice on what to do. Discussing with them what I really wanted to do in the future, Psychology became my second change in major.
Deciding to change my major twice was very difficult for me, but thankfully, I had so much support from the women in my chapter. I have learned from these women that it is okay to change my mind to find what I am truly passionate about. And now I am able to help our new members in their journey through college.
JANUARY 2018: INTRODUCTIONS AND NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
Hi everyone! My name is Gwendolyn McIntosh. I am a sophomore planning on double majoring in Communications and Psychology. I am from Orange County, California but I absolutely love the rainy Seattle weather. When I am not studying or rooting for the Huskies, you can find me listening to music, binge watching my favorite shows on Netflix, online shopping, and spending time with friends. You can also find me taking pictures and writing for my fashion and beauty blog. When I was presented with the opportunity to write for this blog I jumped at the opportunity. I am so excited to get to share my posts with the Panhellenic community.
The new year brings us so many different things. New opportunities, new ideas, new music, new inventions, etc. It is up to us to take all of these new things and use them to our advantage. The new year also brings resolutions. I haven’t always been one to make news year’s resolutions because I usually cannot stick to them. This year I decided to make some new resolutions that I am going to stick to.
My first resolution is to read more books. I love to read but never seem to have enough time. Another resolution of mine is to learn how to manage my time wisely so that I have enough time to do fun things when I am not studying. I cannot live without my planer, so that will be the most helpful way for me to manage my time.
My next resolution is to drink a lot more water. I carry my water bottle with me all of the time to help remind me to drink more water. I have also made a resolution to take at least one walk a week. Whether it be a walk around the block or to a coffee shop, it is important to get out and walk. It is also a great way to destress and clear your head.
The biggest resolution I have is to focus on myself and my friends and family. Focusing on my health, school, and my relationships with friends and family puts all of the most important priorities in my life at the forefront.
When we make new year’s resolutions, we have to think about what is most important to us. Then we make a resolution that allows the most important things in our lives to be the priority. We do not make resolutions to completely fix our lives, but to improve them year by year.