Inspiring Teens Magazine - ITMGZ.com
Summer 2016 Issue
Interview & images by Elizabeth Burke
Seton Hall University
1. How did you get interested in joining a sorority?
I never thought I would join a sorority coming into college. Once I was on campus, I saw all of the great girls that were a part of Greek life and all of the opportunities it had to offer, so I started looking into it. At Seton Hall, we rush in the spring semester, so that gave me the fall semester to adjust to regular college life. I realized that something was missing, so I decided to go out for recruitment when the spring semester started.
2. Tell us about the process for you to become a member?
Recruitment was over one weekend in the beginning of the spring semester. There are three rounds that you are able to go see each of the sororities. It gives you a chance to see all of the different aspects of each chapter. The process becomes more and more selective as the rounds progress. At the end of the third round, you select your first and second choice of sororities and from there it is a mutual selection process. The next day, you find out what sorority you matched up with!
3. What were your favorite moments from Rushing?
I would say the final round was my favorite because it is a time where you really get to know what the sororities are all about. It usually involves some sort of ritual and is much more intimate. This gives you the closest look into the chapter.
4. What was it like being accepted in?
It was an incredible feeling!!! I was accepted into the chapter that I wanted most and I knew it was just the start to a great experience!
5. What opportunities have you received as a member?
As a regular member (not an officer), I have had the opportunity to attend campus-wide and Greek-life-wide leadership conferences. I have met so many incredible girls and have become very close with many of them.
6. What is the best part of being a member?
Sisterhood, hands down. Having, for me, 88 sisters to call on at any moment and knowing they will be there for me is truly such a great feeling.
7. Do you hold an office, and if so, what did you have to do to get it and what are your responsibilities? If not, is it a goal of yours for another year? (I'm pretty sure you're president!)
Last year, I held the position of Vice President of Chapter Operations. My position was in charge of all finances in our chapter. I shadowed the girl who had the position then, and decided to run for it. I was elected by my chapter. Now, I am the Chapter President. I did the same thing for this election, too. In this position, I oversee the whole chapter and each of the 6 Vice Presidents. I am the only one to communicate with the international office. I make sure everyone is in good standing with the school and internationals, and I ensure that each member is being a good representation of Alpha Phi.
8. What are your goals with your sorority before you graduate?
My main goal this year as President is to boost the morale of our chapter. I can just sense that there is a more negative outlook on many things within Greek life and I want to make that a more positive thing. I also want to continue breaking the stereotype of Greeks on our campus and nationwide. I want to show everyone that we are smart, well-rounded, caring, and passionate girls.
9. What advice would you give to high school girls thinking about joining a sorority when they go to college?
My biggest piece of advice is to look at all sororities on your campus. Each sorority is different at each chapter. Talking to everyone really helps to keep an open mind and possibly open a door to a chapter that you might not have looked at in the first place. Follow your heart; don’t join a sorority just because your best friend is joining that specific one. Go where you want to go, even if it’s alone, because you will be among girls similar to yourself and have a whole new experience! I encourage everyone to go Greek!!!