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It was a great experience, would do it again!

It was a great place to feel at home in a large scary school. I met friends that were going through the same things I was. It was a great place to form life lasting friendships, study together, have fun together, help the community and network. I turned out to be a happier, more successful, outgoing person than if I had been stuck in a lonely dorm or apartment.

It was a great place to find a family of friends to help make the university seem manageable. The university is so big with so many students and the greek system helped to break down a lot of barriers.

It was a very important part of my 3 years here. I encourage both men and women to join. They provide a great community experience, especially with their focus on community service.

It was a very positive experience and now 49 years later, I still have many of these same friends. I came from a relatively small town and high school and the sorority was like a home for me. I am very glad I was a member of my sorority.

It was the best thing for me. It made a large school like UW less intimidating and provided a wonderful social environment.

It's part of the college experience but it depends a lot on which fraternity or sorority you join.

Joining a sorority made the UW feel much smaller than it is. I didn't feel lost in the shuffle. The UW can be intimidating because it is so big; the sorority made it feel like I had a place to belong!

Joining a fraternity is about the most positive experience I had at the UW.

Joining a fraternity was the best decision of my life. It helped not only with my studies, but with my networking and social skills as well—which are the two most important traits to carry in my industry.

Joining a sorority gave me a "home" on a large campus and a group of friends to encourage me in scholarship and campus activities. It was invaluable in my mind (belonged to sorority 1947-1950).

Joining a sorority was one of the best choices I've made. My sorority has helped me balance both scholastic and social aspects of college. It provided me with many leadership opportunities and helped me develop many valuable skills. But the best part of being a member of my sorority is the support and friendship of my sisters that I will have for the rest of my life.

Lifelong friendships.

lifelong friends for over 40 years.

Lifelong friendships made, continue to this day, 50 years later.

Living in a community where there are many differences provided a realistic experience of how important it is to treat others with dignity and respect. I will always be grateful for the lifelong friends and colleagues that I have made through the networking and social events I experienced while involved in the Greek system at the University of Washington.

Living in a sorority at the University of Washington was the greatest experience of my life. My dearest friends, fondest memories, philanthropic involvement, and now my career are all a result of my time in the Greek System. It breaks my heart that the Greek System has been cast in such a negative light over the past several years when so much good comes from the efforts of this important campus community.

Living in a sorority while I attended the UW was a very positive experience for me. It immediately made a college with so many students "smaller" to me. I would see my sorority sisters everywhere when I was a new freshman. Rush itself taught me valuable interviewing techniques that I have used later in life—both personally and in work situations. Even after I graduated there have been opportunities to network thanks to the contacts I made while living in my sorority. I am so glad to have been a part of the UW Greek System. My UW experience would not have been the same without it.

Membership in a sorority gave me a sense of belonging at the UW. A large campus can be very impersonal. The Greek system provided and continues to provide living situations that many students desire rather than that offered in the dormitories or off-campus housing.

Most of the Greek students I met were obnoxious and only in the system to party. Their volunteer efforts and philanthropy were headaches for them, or just another excuse to drink. I do understand though why people would join—it is tempting to have instant friends. Somehow the University needs to provide a better social acclimation system for freshman so that they don't feel that the Greek system is the easiest option.

My affiliation with my sorority has only grown since leaving the university. It helped mold my time there and now it has given me so many new friends and opportunities as I serve on the alumni board in Chicago.

My best friends today are women I met when I pledged a sorority. I gained valuable leadership experience through the sorority that carried over into my adult life. The opportunities I had to connect with my national organization allowed me to travel around the USA and have instant friendships when I lived in other parts of the country. I couldn't imagine my life today without my sorority friendships and connections. They have truly impacted and enhanced my life in a positive way. All four of my children have been witness to my experiences and have chosen the Greek experience to enhance their lives also—each selecting a different sorority or fraternity to make their mark than those of their parents. We all have unique but equally enriching experiences to share.

My best memories.

My current closest friends are men and women I met while in the Greek System at the UW.

My daughter was in a sorority at the UW. She had a very positive experience. Coming from a small town (Port Angeles, Wash.), she matured emotionally and spiritually with all of her new "sisters."

My experience as a member of a sorority at the UW was a positive one. Through my sorority I found many lifelong friends, I was encouraged to do my best in the scholastic scene at the university, and I was motivated to uphold the ideals of our organization. I discovered that the women of the sorority were talented, interesting, and fun to be with. I am sure that being a sorority woman gave me opportunities I would not have had otherwise.

My experience during formal rush was both confusing and traumatic. Expectations of adult values from people in their early twenties is not only unrealistic, it's asinine. Hindsight is 20-20 as they say. After it was over, life was great. I had a terrific experience. I made lasting friendships, learned true responsibility, as well as the meaning of solidarity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I became a rush counselor in my junior year and tried to prepare the new girls for their experience as best I could. I believe this role is under utilized. That said, I would recommend the Greek experience for everyone!

My experience in the UW Greek System surpassed what I learned in the classroom and prepared me for life and business beyond what any text book could do.

My experience with my UW sorority allowed me to find my place at UW. It allowed me to engage in leadership positions within my own house and through Pan hellenic, travel to leadership conferences, learn how to network, find a passionate voice, encourage academic strengths and performances, participate in philanthropies, cultural events, and taught me how to make lasting relationships, sometimes despite personal differences. I feel so fortunate to have had this experience and remain a part of these wonderful organizations today even after I have left college.

My father, a chemical engineering graduate of the UW in the '40s summed it up the best. He said, "If you can learn to live with 85 other women, you have learned a lot." It was both home and a social network, during and after college.