Hello, my name is Caroline Elders. I am a 3rd year sorority member in Phi Sigma Sigma and a junior at IUS majoring in Political Science with a Pre-Law minor! One of the many reasons I joined Greek Life was to find a place where I could make connections with people. I was commuting from Louisville and realized that no one from my school would be joining me there. When going through recruitment I found a lot of my best friends there who then became my sisters! I finally found a place to call home. When I became a Greek sister to many of my friends I learned how to be more open minded and caring towards other women. I found out how to cherish the ones closer to me than the ones who weren’t always there for me. I think the most important thing to remember while becoming a Greek sister is to be open minded and realize what you may want to help progress in the future than what can seem important right now, and that right there will help you find a place to call your forever home! The best thing about Greek life is how many memories you make with not just your sisters but your Panhellenic sisters as well! I feel that I have just as many home sisters as I do Panhellenic sisters and I happy to know almost every sister and CAN’T WAIT TO KNOW MORE!!
I’m Kaitlin Porter and a proud member of the Sigma Kappa Zeta Alpha chapter at Indiana University Southeast. I am starting my senior year where I am double majoring in Public Relations and Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Communications.
Going into college, I can honestly say I was the stereotypical person who thought Greek Life was where girls paid to have friends. After learning more, I realized that Greek Life was where strong, independent, smart and talented women came together to become something bigger than themselves. I encourage women of all majors, backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages to go Greek.
I rushed my sophomore year and found a home in Sigma Kappa. My sisters have motivated me to earn two degrees, gain over 200 services hours by myself last academic school year, work two jobs, pay my dues all while still be able to have time to breathe.
I take pride in the philanthropic work done by all Greek women. In my short two years as a Sigma Kappa member, I have participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which benefits our main philanthropy of Alzheimer’s Research. During the past years I have helped raise over one million dollars for Women’s Alzheimer’s Research alone. Being apart of something so major has given me great pride in the work that college aged women can achieve.
Going Greek is something I will never regret. I am beyond proud to leave my legacy and hope that each and every one of you find a place to call home.
My name is Abby Valkovci and I’m a senior General Studies major at IUS. I joined Sigma Kappa in February 2016 and since then, my life has changed in so many ways. I decided to join Greek life when I transferred to IUS because I desperately needed a support system and had no idea where else to find it. I found myself isolated when I first started attending here, knowing no one and having trouble making friends beyond classroom acquaintances. Freshman Abby never would have thought that my shy, nerdy self would ever fit into Greek life, but I felt it was my last resort to meet people – and I’m so glad that I gave it a chance, because it defied all the stereotypes and expectations I held, and became so much more to me than just a way to make friends. I can honestly say now that my sisterhood is one of the most important things to me in my life, and every day I strive to be a better person because of my sisters. Sigma Kappa has helped me blossom into a more confident woman who every day tries harder to be someone my sisters can be proud of. I feel like I am who I’m meant to be now because of my sorority; beyond just taking me out of my shell, it’s given me a purpose and constant new goals to work towards. If you are looking for a group of friends to uplift you, support your goals, and help you grow into the best version of yourself, I highly recommend going Greek!
My name is Brittany Attwood, and I recently joined Phi Sigma Sigma in the Spring of 2017. I’m a Sophomore, and my major is Nursing with a minor in Communications. When I was admitted into IU Southeast I knew that I wanted to be more involved since I really wasn’t in high school. High school wasn’t really ideal for me. When I was in high school I was bullied/harassed everywhere I went, so I didn’t have hardly any friends. When I started to come to IU Southeast one of my few friends told me she joined Greek Life, and that I should think about joining to!
I can say that I’m so glad that I did! It’s an opportunity that can help me gain leadership roles, and help me grow as an individual. I would recommend going Greek, because you meet so many great people, and honestly It’s a great feeling when you have sisters that you can turn to when you need advice, help, or just someone to talk to. I hope you find those sisters here at IU Southeast!
My name is Hannah Davis and I’m a proud member of Phi Sigma Sigma here at IU Southeast. I have just completed my first semester of joining and it's been an amazing ride! I'm a Criminal Justice and Criminology major going into my junior year. Going Greek is so much more than what the movies and stereotypes show. You gain a family, sisters, and an amazing group of women that will always have your back. Since joining Greek life, I have more confidence in myself and what I can accomplish. I joined a sorority to make a difference at campus, and to be a part of something that is bigger than myself. It has given me opportunities to step out of my shell and become the best version of myself I can be! While it may seem scary at first, you’ll find your forever home and be comfortable to be who you truly are. I wear my letters on my front, because I know my sisters have my back! The best advice for joining Greek life is to keep an open mind. You never know what to expect, so just go with the flow and you wont regret a thing! Joining Greek life can only help you in every aspect of your life, and I strongly encourage everyone to sign up for recruitment!
My name is Kendra Stevens and I am the Vice President of New Member Education for the Zeta Alpha chapter of Sigma Kappa here at IUS. I originally joined greek life for the same reason most do, to make some new friends and get involved on campus. I had recently endured some pretty significant family issues right around the beginning of my first semester, and I knew I needed a support group if I wanted to get through it. Throughout my experience as a Sigma Kappa, I have learned quite a bit about myself. I have pushed myself into an executive position in the sorority, I have been much more social than I ever thought possible, and I began volunteering with the Special Olympics of Kentucky as a softball coach to enhance one of our values within Sigma Kappa; service. I encourage anyone to try out greek life, regardless of what year you are within your college journey, or whether you had any initial intentions to go through recruitment. I never thought of myself as a “sorority girl,” but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Keep calm and Go Greek!
My name is Kayla Dann and I am currently finishing my first year within Alpha Phi. I am Assistant to New Member Education, Director of Ceremonies, part of the Hospitality Committee, and Sunshine Committee. The reason I joined Greek Life was to get more involved on campus and get to know more people. In high school, I knew just about everyone and was heavily involved in a lot of student activities and clubs. I wanted to carry that tradition on throughout my life and be a role model for my future children. Greek Life has taught me a lot in the past year. It has taught me that your sisters are your greatest support system and are there for your through every struggle along with every accomplishment. There are a lot of leadership and volunteer opportunities that can help you build your resume, give back to the community, and help show your greatest potential in life. The most important thing that Greek Life has taught me is commitment and dedication. If you want something you have to fight for it and to get the best out of something, you have to put your whole heart in and that is what I've done within Alpha Phi. I love my sorority and my campus, I wouldn't change it for the world! My letters do not make me better than anyone else, they make me better than who I was before. -Proverbs 31:25 " She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future".
My name is Emily Crase and I am the Vice President of Membership Recruitment for Alpha Phi. I joined greek life in the Spring of 2015 because I wanted to do more than just go to class. I wanted to connect with my campus and make life long friendships. After joining greek life, my college experience improved so much! I was serving my community, making friendships within and outside of my chapter, and learning how to stand out and become a strong female leader. I can honestly say without Alpha Phi and the opportunities that have come along with being a member in greek life I would not be the person I am today. I strongly encourage any women to go through recruitment, meet the chapters, and find your home here at IU Southeast.
Hi! I'm Brittany McCarty and I'm the president of Phi Sigma Sigma here at IU Southeast. I joined Greek life to be a part of something bigger than myself. Greek life has taught me how to be a better leader, scholar, and individual! I would recommend going Greek to anyone, but especially to those who want a home away from home. My sorority has given me numerous opportunities to better not only myself, but my college and community as well. Joining a sorority isn't the stereotypical image that media portrays. It's about making a difference with a group of women who make you feel at home. I've found that with Phi Sigma Sigma, and I hope you all find your perfect homes too!
My name is Kelsi Dempster and I am the Chapter President for Alpha Phi-Zeta Epsilon here at Indiana University Southeast! I am currently a senior majoring in Strategic Communications with a focus in event planning!
I chose to join Greek Life because I wanted much more out of my college experience than just going to class and going home, I wanted so badly to be involved in as much as I could and to take advantage of the various leadership positions that Alpha Phi has to offer! I am proud to say that I have held various positions during my time in Alpha Phi and I have learned so much and gained so much leadership experience.
Alpha Phi has given me so much more than leadership skills and experience. It has given me the most amazing group of friends and sisters I could have ever imagined. I am so incredibly thankful for that!
I strongly encourage everyone to sign up for recruitment and to find your home the way I have!
Panhellenic Officers, Recruitment Counselors and other Sorority Women in our Community will be guest blogging throughout the summer months.