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A Husky for life: Why I love the UW

We've always been a UW family.

I grew up a huge Husky football fan and always wanted to play wide receiver for the Dawgs. But it quickly became clear that football just wasn’t in my genes (thanks, Mom and Dad), so I decided to take the next best approach. The University of Washington was the only school I applied to, and if I didn’t get accepted I probably would have taken a year off and tried again. And then again.

I could have been the happiest 40-year-old freshman this place has ever seen. Luckily (and I mean that), I got accepted on the first try. I spent three years covering Husky football for The Daily and graduated in 2004 with a degree in journalism. I took a job covering high school football in Mobile, Ala., and returned to Seattle in the summer of 2007. For the past three years, I have worked for the UW, and I’ve fallen for it all over again. This is my college, my team, my story. And I love it here.

The point is, the UW has been a big part of my life. It’s who I am and it’s what I talk about. Be it the rise and fall of the football team or the Masters degree I’m now pursuing in digital media, this place means something to me. I’m sure it means something to you, too. That feeling, that connection, is what makes us Huskies. It’s what ties us together and allows us to feel good about where we come from and where we are going still.

I work for the UW Alumni Association. My responsibilities include writing copy for the UWAA’s membership program. This is not one of those times. This is from the heart, and it’s for all the Huskies out there who know what I’m talking about when I say the UW will always be a part of me. If you love the UW and believe in that impact, consider joining the UW Alumni Association. Tell ’em Derek sent you.

The membership community is 50,000 strong and growing. Spend a few moments on our website and see if it’s a good fit. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. But I’m guessing that a lot of you feel the same way I do about the University of Washington, and we can be proud of that connection.

If you have a moment, share why you love the UW.

Derek Belt
UW Alumni Association


3 Responses to “A Husky for life: Why I love the UW”

  1. Nikki Gler wrote:
    November 16, 2010

    That crazy blogger (Derek) is my big brother and I just might be found in the family photo above. Derek’s right, UW has always been part of our family. Even so, I threw caution to the wind and headed down to So-Cal to pursue an undergrad degree in Public Relations (no, not to one of our Pac 10 rivals…NEVER!) but four years later found myself back in Seattle and drawn back to the UW. I am now pursuing my Masters degree in Public Administration and couldn’t be happier with my choice. Is it okay for me to say that one of the best parts about my graduate degree is at the end of it all I get to call myself a UW alumni? I think it’s okay…and I think my brother would agree.

  2. Peri Smith wrote:
    November 16, 2010

    I purchased a liftime membership in UWAA for my daughter Amy in 2009 when she graduated with her Master’s degree from MPAcc program from the Foster School of Business. It was the gift that made the most sense to me. She is a CPA in San Francisco with one of the big 5!
    My husband and I have been avid Husky sport fans with football season tickets for over 25 years. We’ve been all around the country with the team and have loved every minute of it! While not Husky grads – we bleed purple and gold. Looking forward to basketball season!

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      November 18, 2010

      Thanks so much for the comment, Peri.

      I love the fact there are so many UW supporters out there that don’t have UW degrees. To me, that says more about the UW’s impact on our region than anything else. It’s not just sports, either. There’s a feeling of accomplishment and pride that the UW is doing such great things in our own backyard. I said my family is a Husky family, but I’m the first person to attend and graduate from here. But my mom’s a teacher and understands the value of UW research and ingenuity. My dad’s a big football fan, and there was no other school in the world I wanted to go to.

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