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Gamma Chi

During the Fall of my sophomore year, I applied to be a Gamma Chi which is  a recruitment counselor for formal sorority recruitment in the Fall semester. I was fortunate enough to get an interview and later, accepted into becoming a Gamma Chi!

Becoming a Gamma Chi is something I thought about since the beginning of this year. I have to sadly disaffiliate from my own chapter though but I will be able to help potential new members find their home away from home. Finding my home in a sorority at CMU has made all the difference in my college experience.

Gamma Chi’s are everything from mentors, mothers, listeners, and motivators. My goal is to help my ten-fifteen potential new members feel confident in themselves and to find a chapter in which their values align with their own.


Finding my home away from home

Phi Sigma Sigma CMU

The best part about coming to Central was definitely going through Sorority Recruitment. It was one long, exhausting, stressful process but one I wouldn’t change for the world and would encourage any woman looking for strong, determined, caring, and beautiful souls to be surrounded by to go through. The process started off Thursday September 22nd and went all the way to bid day which was Friday September 30th.

All who participated in recruitment were put with Gamma Chi’s and they are women who are part of a chapter but disaffiliate for us potential new members(PNM) to help us throughout the whole process. There were roughly 500 PNM’s and that was overwhelming but like everyone says, you just have to “trust the system!” and everything will work out.

The first day of meeting all the sororities on campus was a lot. I met with members for about 10 minutes in each chapter and then by the end of the day, I had to rank my top 8. By the next day, I received my 8 chapters back and was happy. So I met with those 8 chapters and this next day was Philanthropy Day. This day was really cool because I really got to learn about the values of each chapter and what they stand to help and raise awareness/money for. By the end of that day, I had to rank my top 5. This was very easy for me. The next day I got 5 chapters back and was still very happy. Sisterhood day was one that stood out to me like no other. By the end of this day I had to rank my top two sororities and this was not hard for me to do. There was one chapter I was 100% set on. Then came the worst part of it all…having to wait 4 days until I find out if my top 2 chapters asked for me back. Stressed beyond belief, Thursday came and my two preference parties were both the ones I wanted. Preference Parties were unbelievably moving. Hearing active members talk and open up about how much their chapter meant to them really made me think that I could really see myself being a part of one. I then had to rank my top choice and I prayed that they still wanted me back because I fell completely in love with everything this chapter offered.

Bid Day came and when I opened my bid, I actually screamed with complete happiness with one other girl I became close with in my Gamma Chi group named Dani. Dani and I both went through this whole process together and we both found out we were jumping Phi Sigma Sigma together.

I can say full heartedly that Phi Sigma Sigma is home. Our philanthropy is school and college readiness and the service that we do as a chapter is amazing. Our sisterhood is like no other. Knowing that no matter what, I am surrounded by beautiful women inside and out who aim high, lead with integrity, consider others before themselves, motivate me to fulfill my aspirations in life, and want nothing but the best for myself is just exactly what I needed in my life. These are the women I can count on to have my back for life. I know I could go up to any single one of them and easily hold a conversation and just laugh all day long with. I know that long past my graduation, I will be life long friends with them.

Reflecting my whole new member process as now an active member, It really is one I will never regret. There are 32 women in my new member class of Fall ’16 and I have never been so close with a group of women in my life. We all have had sleepovers, ate a little too much food, ranted about boy problems, and I can say that each of us has really learned so much about one other and I’m blessed to be surrounded by them all. I also have the best big in the game. Morgan Clark, I love you and you have been the best role model, mom, friend, and sister I could’ve ever asked for. I can’t wait for the many more memories to come! One a Phi Sigma Sigma, always a Phi Sigma Sigma. LITP