I joined Alpha Sigma Kappa’s founding class the winter of my freshman year (January 2018), and saw this colony through its initiation in February 2019! Within ASK, I have had the opportunity to serve as the Xi Colony’s Academic Chair, on the Recruitment Committee (fall 2018), on the Presidential Committee, and head my own academic committee. Throughout my experiences in ASK, I have gained innumerable memories and am so grateful for all of the wonderful people I have met through the organization. I owe much of my college experience so far to this sorority, and cannot wait to continue my time here as involved as possible.
My favorite part about ASK is definitely the connections I’ve been able to make and all my new friends that keep growing with every rush. I was recently talking with my roommate Cassidy about how my very first ASK event was the same event that we asked each other to live together, so my friends I’ve made through even my first day in ASK have stayed with me my whole time being in this organization. I feel as though the strongest bonds I have with ASK members have developed especially through our sisterhood events such as galentine’s day, the holiday party, or even the hours after events where I just get to chill and hang out with with my friends in an intimate environment.
Written by Haley Bjursten
Haley is currently a second year Environmental Studies (B.A.), History of Architecture and the Environment (Emphasis on Architecture and the Environment) (B.A.), and Studio Art minor.
My experience rushing for Alpha Sigma Kappa was amazing! I was a little nervous going into the rush process, especially because of the stigma around sororities and hazing, however, after attending the first event, I knew I had nothing to worry about. Once I met all of the girls at the first event I attended, I knew I could fit in with all of them. They were all incredibly nice and welcoming, and it was obvious they were all excited to get to know the new potential Beta class. The rush process itself was demanding enough that it felt like a true commitment and gave me a sense of what being in the sorority would be like, while also being flexible with our academic responsibilities. I’m so excited to host another recruitment process in the Spring and meet the Gamma class!
Written by Julie Munoz
Julie is a current third year biology major and the Beta Class President. She is also involved in undergraduate research through UCSB's Chemistry Department. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career as a biomedical researcher.
Coming into college as a first year, I never imagined I would join a sorority, let alone found one! My sister and I used to make jokes about sorority girls and all the usual stereotypes, thus, I was skeptical when I went to an interest group meeting with a few of my friends. The meeting was held at this apartment in Isla Vista (where I hadn’t really explored yet) and there were only four other girls who were there: the girls who lived in that apartment; little did I know, this group of about 9 ladies were to become some of my greatest friends. At first, it only seemed that we had two things in common: a passion for STEM and a desire to create something that would last a lifetime. As the weeks passed by, that group of four turned into a group of ten and ultimately a group of thirteen making up the Founding Class. That little apartment on Sabado Tarde became the birthplace of the first chapter of Alpha Sigma Kappa on the west coast. That little apartment turned a small group of girls from acquaintances to friends to sisters, and I could not be more grateful. Flash forward a year, and you catch up to where we are now: one day away from being fully installed as the Xi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Kappa. As a founder, I have been able to be a part of quite a long journey full of stress and hardships starting this organization from the ground. We have all been through the ringer attempting to understand how to create budgets, manage a large group of girls, recruit new members, work with other organizations… the list can go on and on. But, through those hardships, the good times have been abundant with sleepovers, Galantines days, Holiday parties, hikes, and relaxation nights! Again, this has been a tough year for us all, Founders, Alphas, and Betas alike. But it is through that stress that I have truly found my place within UCSB – a sisterhood that I can always count on.
Written by Cassidy Ballard
Cassidy is a second year pre-biology major, a founding member, and our current Treasurer. She is also apart of UCSB's Health Profession's Association. After gradation, she aspires to attend medical school and become a dermatologist.