Hi, my name is Codi Terwiske and I am an Alpha Phi at Indiana University Southeast and I currently am the Vice President of Chapter Operations. When I came to IUS in the fall of 2011, I never imagined joining a sorority. Well little did I know, joining a sorority would change my life forever and quickly become the best decision I have ever made. My two roommates and I instantly clicked. One of my two roommates decided to rush in the fall and ended up falling in love with Alpha Phi. My other roommate and I quickly became sad because she was going to all these events and activities while we didn’t have anything to do. Eventually, we started tagging along with her and realized that these girls are extremely fun and were so welcoming even though we weren’t Alpha Phis yet. In the spring of 2012, they asked us to be Alpha Phis too through a process called continuous open bidding. In the beginning I didn’t realize how much this group of girls would mean to me, but now I’m not just a part of it, it is a part of me. Alpha Phi has taught so many concepts of life. It has taught me how to be a better person, leader, friend, and sister. This sorority has made my college experience the best experience I have ever had. Without my sisters I would not have gotten through the many hardships that life throws at you, especially the loss of my brother. Your sisters quickly become not just friends that you hang out with every now and then, they really become someone you can confide in, someone that is there for you through the worst moments of your life and still love you for it. They truly become your family. I hope that every girl that reads this will be open to giving sorority life a chance because I can promise you that you will not regret it.
Hello! My name is Chelsey Engle and I'm a recent alumnae of Alpha Phi!
All throughout high school, I cheered competitively and was constantly active in my community with a group of girls that I was best friends with. We all went to different colleges and because of an injury I couldn't continue my cheerleading career any longer. Coming to IUS, I felt so alone and lost. I didn't have anyone but my roommate to turn to. I went to class then straight back to my apartment and went back to my hometown every weekend. I felt so unsociable and bored constantly and knew something was missing.
I always considered joining a sorority before I came to college but was always nervous of the "stereotypes" the media gives. I chanced it, went through Formal Recruitment, and joined Alpha Phi. My life has been completely changed for the better since that day. It was everything I needed and wanted, but nothing I expected; it was more.
Describing what being Greek is and how much my sorority has helped my life is near impossible. I became involved in every aspect I could possibly take advantage of. I was Vice President of Membership Recruitment, Vice President of Risk Management, and ended with being the previous Panhellenic President last year! Besides all of the leadership opportunities, I got a chance to get involved in the community by volunteering with my sisters. I gained confidence and crucial social and leaderships skills needed upon entering the real world. I've made the best memories as well as the best of friends I could ever ask for.
My Alpha Phi sisters have given me strength and encouragement at my worst times, and have been there to celebrate and cheer me on at my best.
My four years in Alpha Phi came and went way too quickly. I look back at all of the memories being Greek has given me and smile. Even though I'm an alumnae, I still see, talk, or hang out with my sisters constantly. I am reminded everyday that being Greek is an amazing and indescribable thing.
It's not just four years, it's for life.
Me in a sorority… not exactly the first thing I thought about when I left high school, but now I cannot imagine my life without being in Phi Sigma Sigma. Phi Sig has brought me tears, happiness, sadness, and laughter that cannot be replaced by any other organization or group of people. Joining Phi Sig was the best thing that could have happened to me my second semester at IUS. No, I did not go through formal recruitment; however, I still got to experience the excitement and thrill of joining a sorority.
Greek life has taught me how to be a leader. My first semester in, my sisters gave me the strength and trust I previously did not have and they elected me Sisterhood and Sunshine Chairman. Only a few months in and I am already in charge of creating fun and spreading happiness! Over the years I picked up a couple more positions such as Sisterhood Development Chairman Assistant, Campus Relations, Membership Recruitment Chairman, Member at Large, and currently hold the position of Archon (aka President).
But leadership skills weren’t the only thing I gained from Phi Sig in my four years. I’ve also been able to gain numerous close bonds with both active sisters and alumni. I am honored to be a Big to not one, but two Littles (April and Megan) who have helped me grow into a better person. My best friend Kia and I joined together and she recently went alum. I know our bond will never be broken and I owe a lot of that to Phi Sig. I know that when I leave the Epsilon Chi chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma at IUS, I will have another home to go to. Phi Sig offers an alumni chapter where Phi Sigs can continue their leadership through service, lifelong learning, and inclusiveness. If I were to tell you of all the benefits of going Greek, I would have to publish a novel. Just trust that Greek life, sorority life, will change your life for good and for the better.
Breanna Jordan – Phi Sigma Sigma Archon
My whole life I have cheered and been a part of a team. I've always had a group of girls I could trust with anything and tell everything to. But when I got to college and couldn’t cheer, because of a back injury, I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself. I didn’t know how I was going to make friends or what I was going to do with my time. Until I was introduced to Greek Life and went through recruitment.
Joining a sorority is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The bond I have with my sisters is inseparable. Not only is it a great social opportunity but there are also so many leadership opportunities for you to help make a difference in your chapter. I also love that we help out and make a difference in our community as well. The memories that I have made in Greek Life the past 2 years are what has made my college experience so wonderful. Right now I am not able to reveal my sorority but I am counting down the days til I am able to be with them again, on bid day. I hope that you truly consider going through recruitment and if you do I hope you have as great of an experience as I have.
Panhellenic Officers, Recruitment Counselors and other Sorority Women in our Community will be guest blogging throughout the summer months.