Welcome to UCU! Our house is on the corner of 16th and 47th. It is a beautiful (and newly remodeled!) house of eighteen intelligent, resourceful, and fun-loving young women. During my time at the house, I have developed genuine friendships that I know will last. There just seems to be something special about UCU that fosters a vibrant Christian community that balances school obligations and social interactions. It truly is a unique situation, and one that I have been thankful for since moving in.
When you move into UCU you will become a part of a community of 40+ Christian young men and women. On the surface, we get help with homework and prank each other - but we also encourage and challenge each other in our faith through Monday Night Bible Study and various small groups. On any given day, you can find members of both houses doing homework or studying together, practicing music, watching movies in the basements, or chatting with either of our two cooks ( Alli and Joan) in the kitchen. The officers of UCU also organize several weekend social events like movie nights, the Christmas party, girls’ nights, and men’s and women’s socials. These conversations and other daily reminders to live for Christ help build the foundation for a strong and loving God-centered community at the University of Washington. We are also involved in the larger UW community through participation in intramural sports, campus clubs, Husky games, on/off-campus jobs, outreach projects, and a host of other school-related activities.
While extracurricular activities are abundant, academics remain a top priority for our house. Every quarter, we strive to maintain a high overall GPA, which often makes for a friendly competition between the Men’s and Women’s houses! Additionally, because many residents take similar class prerequisites, help is readily available. Guidance through different classes often helps to relieve the stresses students experience through the rigorous UW courses. I can say from personal experience that UCUers are genuinely happy to help each other with homework or other projects and are a great resource!
Making the choice to live at UCU has easily been one of the best decisions I've ever made. UCU helps provide a nurturing environment for Christians who attend a large university and it is a blessing to have this kind of community. It is my hope that the members of UCU are challenged to live out their faith as they start a new chapter of their life, go on crazy adventures with each other, and form life-long friendships. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to lead this group of women and I look forward to seeing how God works in and through our house!
In Christ,Emily GilbertWomen's House President 2017-18