I am beyond humbled to be the president of this year’s Mortar Board Tolo Chapter. The Tolo Class of 2019 is remarkably talented and diverse, with interests ranging from international studies to biology to informatics. While each of us are pursuing different passions, we have one goal that unites us all: to leave this community better than how we found it. Before we graduate The University of Washington, we hope to find ways to serve others and be a part of something bigger than ourselves. With each other’s help and the advice of the Mortar Boards who came before us, I have no doubt that we will make an impact.
This year in particular is incredibly special. In August, I flew to Columbus, Ohio, for the annual national conference. There, I celebrated Mortar Board’s 100th birthday with hundreds of students from all over the country and alumni members who have been a part of this organization for decades. While Mortar Board may have started out as a secret society for women, it has grown into a powerful network for all leaders.
Whether you are a long time supporter of Tolo or a prospective applicant, I strongly encourage you to look out for all the projects we do this year. Not only do we plan on honoring our traditions like the annual wreath sale and the Excellence in Teaching Award, we hope to start new traditions as well. After one year, I wholeheartedly believe that this class will stay friends for years to come and that we will all feel ready enough to take on the world. If you have any questions about this organization, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for your interest in what we do!
Nicole Kuo Stankovic
President, Class of 2018-2019