Pi Phi Pride
When I was in middle and high school, I sneered at the idea of ever joining a sorority.
Why would I pay for my friends? Aren’t they just about meeting boys and going to parties? That’s so dumb. I’m definitely not your typical sorority girl.
I still maintain that I’m far from the stereotypical blonde, thin, social butterfly of a sorority girl. My aunt was in a sorority, but neither of my parents were involved in Greek life. For that reason, I had no clue what to expect when I went into sorority recruitment.
That was a tough week. It was a blow to my self-esteem, to say the least. It felt like house after house was rejecting me on the most personal level. I felt like something was fundamentally wrong with me. Am I not pretty enough? Not funny or smart enough?
I went with my gut and chose a house that made me feel like I was enough. Like my talents and personality and contributions would be not only accepted but celebrated.
I have been a proud member of Pi Beta Phi since my first semester of college. I’ve found it to be an environment where women challenge one another to be successful. I wanted to take this time to explain how my time in Pi Phi has benefitted by personal growth in many ways.
- Leadership potential: I am currently in my second leadership position in the sorority. I was a Philanthropy Public Relations and Marketing Assistant last year. This helped me spread the word about our philanthropy events to other chapters and campus groups. Additionally, it meant I could get involved in something greater than my organization itself. Sometimes, college can feel like an insular bubble of limited people and places. With philanthropy, you can actually make a difference in the local community and elsewhere. It is a great privilege to be in a sorority, and community service helps me to acknowledge that opportunity and mobilize it for positive change. In January, I became the Vice President of Recruitment. I am thrilled to help bring a member class of bright, dynamic women to my chapter. Additionally, these positions will give me post-graduation job experience and familiarity with executive action.
- Friends: My sorority has led me to close friends who I can confide in and go through the tumultuous years of college with. I want to give a special shout-out to my little who makes me incredibly proud every day. Even though she’s technically my little (meaning that I’m supposed to act as a mentor for her), she inspires and motivates me every day. I am ecstatic for her achievements in Kenan-Flagler Business School and her nonstop grind to accomplish her goals. I relish her accomplishments as if they were my own, and I still remember when she told me about her internship at JP Morgan this summer! I am so grateful to have met her through Pi Phi because I’m confident that we are kindred souls.
- The food: I am far from Gordon Ramsay. In fact, I could easily compete on Worst Cooks in America. If you need any proof, check out my other blog post for the week about how I sliced my finger on a can of pinto beans. The fact that Pi Phi serves 10 delicious meals per week helps me avoid needing to survive on Lean Cuisine and ramen noodles. Additionally, the extensive salad bar at every lunch helps me eat healthily and get some vegetables in my diet without buying paltry and expensive produce at the Franklin St. Target. Also, meals are a great bonding time. People from across different grades will sit together and ask about each other’s days. I have gotten to know many unexpected members better just from sitting with them at a meal. It reminds me of eating home-cooked meals and having dinner-table conversations with my family, which can be relaxing after a stressful day.
Although sororities often get a bad rap in pop culture and the media, my college life would be very different if it weren’t for Pi Phi. Is it the most important thing in my life? Absolutely not. But is it something that supplements my day-to-day life and brings me comfort? For sure. My sorority has brought me a lot of happy times and real-world leadership experience. More importantly, it’s also surrounded me with encouraging and validating women. As somebody in college and on their own for the first time, that is invaluable.