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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

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