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.
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.