My name is Chanelle Oestringer and I'm an alumnae of Alpha Phi sorority. My biggest regret when it comes to Greek life is that I didn't join sooner. As a freshman I let one bad experience with one girl warp not only my view on sorority girls but of sororities in general. Two years would pass before I became friends with a girl who happened to be an Alpha Phi. I had so much in common with her. We had the same taste in music, movies and we could finish each other's sentences. It was this friend who invited me to an open recruitment event Alpha Phi was having. Here we go again I thought what would I say if I didn't like any of these girls? What would they say if they didn't like me? Thank goodness I'll never know, going to that event was the best decision I made in college. I found my home away from home with Alpha Phi.
Even as an alum I continue to grow with lessons I learned from Alpha Phi. Becoming Alpha Phi president taught me so much about myself and I use so many of those lessons in everyday life. The best thing Alpha Phi has given me is friends for life. My sisters were bridesmaids when I got married, and they were the first ones there when I had my first child. Even after graduation when life got in the way we have always made time for each other and that kind of bond is priceless.
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.