Before my time here at UCSB began, I was always a part of some sort of team where I truly felt connected to everyone involved. I thought that part of my life ended when I stopped playing sports at the end of my junior year. That feeling grew a year later when I decided to move away from my hometown to attend UCSB. It wasn’t until I rushed ASK that I felt a sense of community again. Although I’ve only been a part of this amazing sorority for a few months, I found my place in the academic community and formed lifelong friendships with the wonderful ladies of ASK - including my amazing future roommates!
I think it’s important for people to surround themselves with people who share the same values and life goals. It really helped me find my place at UCSB, and my self confidence and ambition have greatly benefited from being a member of this sorority. It’s always nice knowing that I have so many sisters who have my back and continue to inspire me. I couldn’t be more honored to be one of ASK’s women in STEM!
Written by Mia Bartolotti
Mia is currently a first year Pre-Chemistry major who is intending to declare Biochemistry. She is a member of the Delta Class and plans on running for leadership positions in the future.
Like most freshmen, I entered into college excited to meet new people and make new friends. By spring quarter, I had met a lot of people, but I hadn’t found a group I truly belonged in. I decided to rush a sorority, something I never thought I’d do. Expecting to find a group of fun girls who I could hang out with, I ended up with more than I thought possible. I found a group of girls who I could have fun with, but who would also support me in my academic and professional goals. From the very beginning, my favorite part of ASK has always been our integration of sisterhood and academics. I love our strong sisterhood bond because far from detracting from our goals, it motivates us to strive toward them. Desiring to promote this aspect of our sisterhood, I became the Academic Chair, and I have found so much fulfillment in taking on this role. From planning fun study events with yummy food to hosting professional development events, I have been able to promote our sorority’s goal of encouraging women support each other in their academics. Thank you ASK for giving me this opportunity to grow in sisterhood with these amazing women!
Written by Hannah Nawrocki
Hannah is a third year Biopsychology major and is currently our Academic Chair.
I decided to rush ASK during my spring quarter of my freshman year because I wanted a home away from home. When trying to find where I fit in, I realized that many organizations and fraternities on campus didn’t quite tie sisterhood and academics together. I wanted to be a part of a group of girls that were passionate about their education and career, but also emphasized relationships with one another. ASK is the perfect sorority for me because everybody is encouraged to succeed academically, while valuing the importance of genuine bonds with one another. I can count on all of my sisters to catch me when I fall, and also help me develop as a student. Having a diverse range of STEM majors means that everybody can benefit in one way or another. My sisters have helped me gain insight on my education journey, provided me with professional opportunities, and of course, a sisterhood that’s like no other.
Written by Valerie Htun
Valerie Htun is a second year pre-biology major and philosophy minor on the pre-medical route. She is currently the Apparel Coordinator, and future Treasurer for 2020-21.
When I decided to rush ASK this past fall, I had no idea how much it could change my college experience. Like many others, coming into my freshman year I was filled with nerves and excitement to meet new people and form the lasting bonds we all hear about with college friends. Yet, I soon realized it wasn’t everything I imagined it would be, and meeting new people in college was a lot harder than I expected. Joining ASK changed all of this for me as I was welcomed by a group of amazing girls that made me feel as if I had a place on campus where I belonged. I rushed with my best friend in the fall, and we both got initiated into the Delta class and met so many incredible girls. ASK is a group of strong women who support each other both academically and socially, and I could not be prouder to be a sister. I love them with all my heart, and now I know I not only have college friends for life, but I have my entire sisterhood.
Written by Marisa Gauna
Marisa is the Delta Class president and currently a second year Psych and Brain Sciences (B.S). major. She is following her passion of mental health activism on campus and in her studies, and she hopes to get a master's in mental health counseling.