Hi everyone! My name is Kelsi Dempster and I am the Director of New Member Education for Alpha Phi Zeta Epsilon here at Indiana University Southeast! I am an Elementary Education major with hopes of teaching Kindergarten one day! I went to Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Indiana and currently live in New Albany with several of my Alpha Phi sisters!
I chose to go Greek because I was looking for an amazing group of friends to learn, grow, and share with and that is exactly what I have found here in Alpha Phi! I wouldn't trade any of the moments with my sisters for anything! As Director of New Member Education I am in charge of welcoming the new members into Alpha Phi and educating them on our values, sisterhood, our history, and much more! I love my position because I get to spend so much time with the newest Phi Bears and get to know them in such a great way! I love watching them grow into strong, involved sisters!
Alpha Phi has given me the confidence to be a strong leader not only within our chapter but on campus, in class and in the workplace. It has also allowed me to develop strong relationships and contacts to help me within my major as well as other aspects of life. I strongly encourage everyone to go through recruitment find their home, just as I have found mine!
Hello! My name is Olivia Fitchett, a proud member of Sigma Kappa! My journey in Sigma Kappa started in fall of 2011 where I went through recruitment as a freshman. I was encouraged by my cousin, a notable member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity to go through recruitment. I cannot suggest the moment I knew I was a Sigma Kappa. Maybe it was when I talked to the girls in recruitment, could have been when I grounded myself in my faith and values years back, or when I learned valuable lessons as a toddler. My Sigma Kappa journey began before I wore Greek letters…
“Sigma Kappa is not something you become, it’s something you’ve always been”, is what I have been told.
The truth in that statement resonates with me in a powerful way. Since joining Sigma Kappa I have gained more than I could ever repay this amazing organization back. I have had the opportunity to travel across the country to various leadership conferences and seminars including Las Vegas, Chicago and other cool places! I have been given responsibility while holding many positions within the organization all while hanging out with my best friends. Sigma Kappa has given me the drive scholastically to constantly be excelling in school and the passion to be even more involved in my church and community. Because of my time in Sigma Kappa, I feel very prepared to take on the world with confidence and a strong identity.
Our sisterhood is our heartbeat! It is such a breath of fresh air knowing your sisters are behind you in every choice you make and expect the best out of you. Getting to have these girls by my side is the best decision I could have made for myself. God has given me so many friendships that will last a lifetime. I am beyond ecstatic to reunite with these inspiring women every day I can. I know in my heart I will always have a passion for Sigma Kappa and be giving back- not four years, for LIFE!
We all have our own unique stories and here’s mine, albeit unusual: a freshman to IUS and being one of the few from my high school deciding to stay home and attend a nearby college, I was a doe in headlights when I first walked on campus. I remember coming to school for orientation; I remember reading the campus map and trying to determine where my classes would be; I remember seeing dozens of tables set up recruiting incoming freshman to join one group or another. Upon seeing the tables, I realized that I wanted to become a part of something bigger than myself and find a way to meet new people beyond the confines of the classroom walls. With that idea in my head, I attended an info session about the sororities on campus. As the speaker talked more and more about the amazing benefits one would reap from joining, my desire grew stronger to sign up for fall recruitment. But alas, with any story there has to be some trial and tribulation before the happy ending can occur. Thus, I was not able to join that fall, or the next, or the next. However, my senior year approached and my opportunity to become a Greek woman arose again and I leapt at the chance.
Now, I’ll be honest that when I attended fall recruitment I was skeptical. I had many doubts. What if no one wants me? What if it’s all partying and no philanthropy? What if it’s high school drama all over again? But once the first night of recruitment finished, I was filled with adrenaline: I couldn’t contain my eagerness to find my Greek home. The weekend continued on with the same thrill as the first night and has yet to ease. I won’t lie to you and say that this is easy; this is hard work. Any relationship requires work and that is exactly what this is-a relationship. It’s not only a relationship between you and each sister you gain, but between you and the philanthropy you support, and especially the Greek Letters you represent. It requires a great deal of your time but also your effort, your passion, and your strength. Trust me when I say that it is worth it: the sweat, the tears, the laughter, the love, and so many other blessings.
Since my initiation, I have found that my Greek life has been more than I could have imagined. I have learned numerous life lessons from working so closely with my sisters. My sisters have become my support system, my goofy gang, and my best friends. When I chose to apply for a summer job in Italy to teach English, my sisters were the first ones (yes the first even before my family) to express their pride in my ambition. Their undying encouragement aided me in having the faith in myself to take such a huge dive into the unknown. I love my sisterhood for all that it entails. These women are my family.
I’ll leave you with this thought that I believe represents the feeling of sisterhood:
“Family- We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”
Hi there! My name is Brooke White and I am an Alpha Phi at Indiana University Southeast. I never imagined that I would join a sorority coming into college, but it has become one of the most rewarding experiences in my life so far. My freshman year of college, I signed up for formal recruitment and chickened out the weekend of and decided not to rush. My best friend continued through the recruitment process and became a member of Alpha Phi. Soon after recruitment, my best friend started hanging out with more and more people in greek life and I was always tagging along. I couldn’t believe the amount of people she knew and the fact that she always had her Alpha Phi sisters to hang out with. I joined Alpha Phi in the spring semester of 2012 because I wanted to be a part of the sisterhood I could see that she loved. My only regret is that I didn’t join sooner. The people you meet, the bonds you create, the memories you share, and the skills that you acquire will last a lifetime. As current chapter president, I can say with confidence that I would not have been as successful in college if it wasn’t for Alpha Phi. Alpha Phi strives for excellence in philanthropy, sisterhood, community service, scholarship, and campus involvement. Without the love and support from my sisters, I would not be the same person I am today. Alpha Phi is forever a part of me and I would not trade my experience for the world.
Alpha Phi Chapter President
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.
Hey there! My name is Kia and I am an alumna of Phi Sigma Sigma. I started college with a few too many people from my high school and wanted to get involved in something that was “my own”. I roomed with three other women my freshmen year. One of the ladies played on the volleyball team, another I had gone to high school with, and the third, Breanna, would turn out to be my absolute best friend from college. Breanna and I decided to go through informal recruitment in December and joined the following January, immediately jumping into leadership positions. We took any opportunity to grow in Phi Sig and learn more about other positions we could acquire. A year later we took on core officer roles and were chosen to attend our Leadership Conference in D.C. I gained qualities through my leadership such as time management (which came to help me a little later in my school career tremendously). While skills and experience are solid reasons to join Greek life, the part that keeps you around is the sisterhood. I have shared my greatest loss alongside my sisters when my dad passed away in October 2011 and my greatest joy with the birth of my son in 2013. These women have become the key to my success whether it was through holding me in times of need or lending a helping hand when I need to work and want someone I trust to babysit. We are true sisters here, even the not so good parts of having a sister! Sisters fight, and that’s okay! Anyone who says that isn’t so is full of bologna. I can, however, say with absolute certainty that my Phi Sigma Sigma sisters will always have not only my back, but my heart.
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.
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.