Having graduated and currently working a full-time job out in the “real” world, one thing I’d like to say to ASK is thank you.
Thank you for giving me a family. Littles that I can spill my guts to and that honestly help me get through my life (sometimes they act more like a big to me than I do to them)... A Big that has the purest heart I have ever seen. Grand Littles that are finding their way through college and experiencing the difficulties but the laughs that come with it. And even the sweetest Great Grand Little (wow that makes me feel old). Sisters that I stayed up late working on stat projects with (you know who you are haha). Sisters that put in hard work but also know how to have a good time. :)
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be our first philanthropy chair. From getting our shoes (or flip flops...) covered in mud planting trees to walking along the beach picking up trash, I watched as we woke up early morning on the weekend – which is extremely difficult to do as a college student – and came together to give back to our community. I am so proud and excited to see the new ways you find to give back.
Thank you for giving me experiences I will never forget. There are so many, but it’s the little things that stick out in my head. I will never forget sitting in the car on our way to retreat, trying so hard to not spoil the surprise when my soon to be G Little was trying to guess who her Big is as she was driving me. I will never forget picking up a stick with my Little at a barbecue and pretending the ENTIRE TIME that they were wands. I will never forget the moment the Alpha Class looked at each other at retreat and just bonded realizing that we have been together from the beginning.
Thank you for giving me a home. I look forward to supporting my sisters as they transition out of college following their own paths. I can say without a doubt that the sisters in ASK will do great things; they have a resilience about them that I cannot explain.
Lastly, I am thankful that even though we came from different backgrounds and are headed down different paths, our paths crossed. Some of us may end up working in research, while others are coding for a big tech company. At the end of the day, one thing that we all have in common is that we are women in STEM, and nothing can stop us, especially since we have each other.
Written by Ananya Haravu
Ananya recently graduated from UCSB last Spring with a B.S. in Financial Mathematics and Statistics, and she is a member of the Alpha Class.