My name is Chelsey Carr. I am a triple major- English writing, history, and journalism. I have the credits of a senior, would be a junior but because I took a year off of school I am a sophomore. I joined Phi Sigma Sigma this past semester and am so grateful that I did so.
I contemplated rushing in the fall but decided against it because I didn't think sorority life was for me. However, I still felt lonely and disconnected from IU Southeast, especially since I had transferred from IU Bloomington. When a girl in my English class approached me in the spring about rushing I was unsure but she seemed nice so I went with it.
Every day I am thankful for my decision to join Phi Sig. My sisters have held my hand while I have gone through losses in my family. They are always there to talk and support me. Sorority life can be extremely stressful between classes, events, and having a social life. Balance and prioritizing is especially imperative to having a successful academic career. But, it is possible and worth it. I no longer feel lonely because I know I have thirty sisters to have fun, encourage me to aim high, and be brutally honest. I never thought I would be a sorority girl but now I cannot imagine not being a woman in a sorority.
I joined Phi Sigma Sigma when I was a sophomore in college. I had lost many loved ones that year and was in a rough spot. I was just going through the motions of every day, trying to make it through. One day I ran into Kia Humphrey and Breanna Jordan on campus. I recognized them from a class we all had together. They invited me to go to a fraternity party with them that night and I agreed. That night was one of the first nights I had smiled and actually had a good time in months. I continued to hang out with them and get to know them and they encouraged me to go through fall recruitment to try to find a sorority that best fit me. I met a lot of great people that weekend and had a wonderful time. At the end of the weekend, there was no question in my mind where I belonged. Phi Sigma Sigma was the sorority for me.
I am so grateful to Kia and Breanna for pulling me out of my slump and encouraging me to join a sorority. I knew Phi Sigma Sigma was the sorority for me because as I met other actives during recruitment, I felt like I had known the girls in that room my entire life. They were so welcoming and I clicked with them right away. These girls have become my friends and family. I love each and every one of them. They have helped me grow as a person and become the woman I am today. I know that no matter what life throws at me, I have my sisters to be there for me. They are always there to catch me when I fall. It feels like home to me.
I'm a senior now, which is bittersweet. Although I won't see my sisters every day, I know that they will always be there when I need them. All I have to do is send out a text saying "Hey, I'm bored! Let's go do something!" and I'll instantly get replies. We always have fun together with out mixers, sleepovers, and sisterhood events. We have a formal every spring where we all get dressed up, have a great dinner, hand out awards, and dance! And every summer we go out of town together for a weekend to prepare for recruitment, but also to make sure we get some chapter sisterhood time in over the summer.
Phi Sigma Sigma is fun, but it is also so much more than that. Phi Sigma Sigma is leadership, philanthropy, friendship, and love. It has helped me become a leader and give what I can to our community. It has provided me with lifelong friendships and even bridesmaids for my wedding next year! Most importantly, Phi Sigma Sigma has given me a home. No matter where I go or what I do. I know my sisters have my back. One a Phi Sigma Sigma, always a Phi Sigma Sigma.
The most common question sorority women get asked is: Why did you go Greek? It seems like such a simple question, but there is more to the answer than words could ever portray.
Everyone's reason for rushing will be different. I went Greek for the leadership opportunities. I naturally gravitate toward those roles, so I felt like Greek life would give me the perfect outlet to pursue those positions. Other women joined to meet new people, get more active on campus, or for all the volunteering opportunities. Here's the thing: all that is fine! There is no right or wrong answer for why you want to go Greek. I guarantee that regardless of which chapter you choose, you will stay for the sisterhood.
My sisters are a direct reflection of me, and I of them. My sisters are strong, independent, and selfless. They are dedicated, loyal, and driven. They are my support system when my heart breaks. They are my workout buddies. They are my motivation when I need a kick in the ass. They are my sanity. They were my cheering section when I walked across the stage at graduation. They are my protectors and my defenders. They are my comedic relief. They make me feel beautiful. They make me want to do better not for myself, but for them. They have seen me break down and they have seen me obtain the goals I've set for myself. They give me real, honest advice when I want it and let me rant to them for an hour if I need it. They've held my hand at funerals and they'll sing to me at my wedding. They make me realize that I am not alone. They are my family.
So years from now when people ask you why you went Greek, go on and tell them! But more importantly, tell them why you stayed!
As the current Panhellenic President, let me start by welcoming you to our website! Here you'll find everything you need to know about formal recruitment, Panhellenic chapters, and your recruitment counselors. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us using the contact info provided. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter (@SororityLifeIUS) and Facebook- IUS Panhellenic.
I joined my chapter the last semester of my junior year, knowing that I would be graduating just one year later. I never thought I would have the opportunity to hold such a great position, but when elections rolled around in December I just knew I had to run for it. It hasn't been easy- I've had to make some serious sacrifices and change my plans for the future drastically, but I know it is worth it.
I've learned more about time management within this past spring semester than I ever learned my entire five years in college. Working so closely with members of other chapters has also been a learning experience. Learning to set aside biases and do what's best for all Panhellenic women, not just your sisters, is a huge life lesson that I'll forever carry with me. Communication, trust, respect... these are all things that have come out of my experience as President so far. I can't wait to see what else we come across in our quest to make sure YOU have an amazing recruitment experience!
Panhellenic Council members, recruitment counselors, and other sorority women in our Greek community will be blogging throughout the summer months to help potential members prepare for recruitment.