Having one of my best friends from high school be in a different sorority was most definitely hard to get used to and a struggle at times, but it has not changed the fact that she is my best friend. I am an Alpha Phi and Abie Stark is a member of Phi Sigma Sigma, and she is my best friend. I honestly don't think I would have survived my freshman year of college without her. Even though we are in different sororities, our friendship grew. I know that no matter what Abie and I will always be there for each other.
It is always great to be able to talk to her about everything under the sun, and for her to be there to listen too. We make time to do things just her and I, and are able to love our separate sororities as much as we love each other. It is definitely hard at times since we're not in the same sorority, being in different groups with different rules and secrets, we're not able to tell each other everything. But this has never hindered our relationship.
I think that being in different sororities honestly made our bond stronger. We are able to give each other advice and do things outside of Greek Life with each other, which is what makes our friendship that much stronger.
So my advice to you is to never do everything your friends do, and never back down from a challenge because your friend won't be able to be there with you. This is life and it almost never works out as planned, so just go with it and have fun!
Whenever you talk to a Greek woman, you will often hear a long list of how you should approach sorority life and recruitment. Many get overwhelmed with the simple idea of all the advice being thrown at them. I, like many other Greek woman, could write a novel about the things I wish I'd known before going through recruitment. Instead of reciting that, I would like to give you three main points and goals to keep in mind when making your decision.
Number one: Keep an open mind. You will hear this over and over again from your Gamma Chi--listen to them. Some will come in with a particular sorority in mind, but I ask you to give all your options a deep look. I, myself, came in expecting to go one way but completely changed once I met all the amazing women that Greek Life offers. You will hear stories of triumphs and teachable moments throughout this experience from the many women you will meet. Make sure to view everything being said to you with a clear and open mind.
Number two: Enjoy the little things. I know it seems cliche, but recruitment passes so quickly you will forget the little moments that will lead you to your forever home. Take in what these Greek women are sharing with you; you never know, they could become your new family in a matter of days.
Number three: Listen to your heart and gut. I see too many women joining a chapter just because that's where their friends went or they know people within the sorority. The people who go with the crowd often regret their decisions. Remember that you are making a decision for life, not just four years. Whomever you choose to join will become your family and support system, they will love you in the good times and bad. They are the ones who will be there through tough situations. This is not a choice to make lightly. I hope you make your decision based on your own mind.
Choosing your Greek home is not a decision to take lightly. You will be joining the ranks of some fantastic Greek women including Harper Lee, Katie Couric, Margaret Chase Smith, and even Betty White. I have great hope for each and every one of you and am so excited to see you find your place amongst the powerful Greek women of Indiana University Southeast.
Hi! My name is Sydney Seger, and I am the Chapter President of Alpha Phi. I also served as the VP of Campus Affairs for Alpha Phi as well. This is where I found my true calling to volunteer in the community. I was also involved in helping our chapter, Zeta Epsilon, win the Excellence in Community Service award from Alpha Phi International. On another note, I am a member of the IUS softball team along with the IUS Honors Program. Participating in more than one organization has allowed me to make connections and improve my scholastics.
Hey guys! My name is Brooklyn Shaffer. I am a junior majoring in Elementary Education. I am Vice President of Risk Management for Alpha Phi. When I joined Alpha Phi in 2015, I quickly fell in love with the chapter. I learned more about our values and what they stand for and learned more about risk management and watch care. I have wanted this position since I was a freshman and could not be more thankful to be VPRM for Alpha Phi. make the best decision of your college career and go greek!
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 Kendra Stevens and I am the Chapter President 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 multiple executive council positions 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 would encourage anyone to give greek life a try, 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 where I am now for the world. Keep calm and Go Greek!
Hi! I'm Brittany McCarty. 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!
I am Catie Sorrell, and I am this year's Panhellenic's Internal Vice President. I am so excited to get to know you all better as Recruitment grows closer! Recruitment weekend is so much fun and is filled with so many memories! Sorority life has allowed me to grow mentally and emotionally. I never thought I was the typical "sorority girl", but I decided to give it a chance anyways, because what else could I loose? Going through recruitment was one of the most exciting times thus far in my college career. I have made so many good friends in and out of my own sorority. Sorority Life pushes you to become the best version for yourself. I wasn't the stereotypical sorority girl and I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone forcing myself to take on roles and responsibilities that I never thought that I would have. Before Greek Life, I was the girl who had only a small amount of friends, an introverted person, and one to never have an important role because I was so shy and quiet. After becoming Greek, I can honestly say that I am more outspoken and am able to stand up for what I believe in. Having a support system with a group of women is a great thing to have! Knowing that you will have a sister at any time of the day is reassuring.
Internal Vice President
I am Shelby Lucas, the Panhellenic Vice President over Recruitment. I am looking forward to recruitment this fall so much! The Gamma Chi’s, chapters, and myself have been hard at work to make this experience one of a kind for you. I hope that you’re looking forward to this memorable weekend as much as I am! I’d love to share my experience in what being in a sorority has given me. When I came to IUS, I learned very quickly that if you didn’t get involved in something you would get caught up in the routine of going to class, back to your lodge and go home every weekend so I started looking into my options. I am constantly trying to better myself, take advantage of every opportunity and find a way to give back. I found this and so much more in being a sorority woman. I found a group of girls who would cheer me on during the good times in my life and would support me through the bad, I found a group of woman who were giving back to their philanthropy and finding ways to give back in the community, I found a group that I really fit in with. In all of these, I found my home. Now I look forward every year (this is my second year on the Panhellenic side of recruitment) to helping new women find their forever home and a group of women that supports them the way that my chapter supports me!
To the girl who’s counting down the days to recruitment, I PROMISE I’M JUST AS EXCITED AS YOU ARE! To the girl who doesn’t think Greek Life is for her, how do you know until you try? To the girl who’s afraid she won’t fit in, I was you and look where I’m at now!
Going Greek has been the best opportunity that I’ve ever taken advantage of!
Lots of Greek Love,
Panhellenic VP of Recruitment
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.