Looking back at the years I’ve been at UCSB, the memories I’ve made with my friends in ASK— from our family reveals and first retreat in LA to home-cooked meals, late night karaoke on the beach, and Zoom calls— are some of the most cherished ones that I hold dear to my heart.
Like many of our sisters in ASK, I never imagined that I would be in a sorority—let alone rush for one. I remember during the spring quarter of my sophomore year, I had poked my head into a bustling room of girls during speed dating and felt frantic butterflies in my stomach because of how nervous I was. As soon as I sat down, the girls in ASK made me feel welcome and before long, I quickly saw how kind and encouraging the members were, realized that I truly could see myself as a part of this org, and continued to go to the events.
Safe to say, almost a year later, I would not have done anything different.
ASK has continued to play a very large part of my life at UCSB and has given so much to me; I’ve gotten more confident and I’m much more driven because of how much my sisters inspire me – whether it was many of the older ASK members who I was in awe of when I first joined or many of the newer members who continue to do amazing things!
But more importantly, it taught me how to better prioritize the things most important in life like hanging out with my loved ones and being kind to myself, which I struggled with for the longest time.I’ve met so many incredible and supportive girls from a wide range of STEM fields through ASK, who I undoubtedly would not have had the luck or chance to meet them if I didn’t join, and I know I’ve made life-long, dependable friends who have stuck by me through thick and thin and continue to challenge me to be a better person.
Regardless of what happens for next quarter, I know that our girls in ASK will continue to keep in touch; I'm just excited to spend my last year at UCSB with the people that I love and a community through ASK that I’ve really come to call my home away from home.
Written by Kat Wu
Kat Wu is a third year Psychological and Brain Sciences major, with a double minor in History and Applied Psychology, and hopes to become a child or school psychologist! She will be the 2020-21 Philanthropy Chair next year, and is currently an officer in Psi Chi UCSB (an honors psych organization), is involved in labs on campus, and works for Health and Wellness.