I decided to join Phi Beta Chi at the first interest session I attended, before I’d seen the house, before I’d met the other potential new members joining along with me. In the minutes after our Recruitment Director Ashley gave her summary of basic information, I had at least ten sorority members introducing themselves to me and telling me how much they wanted me to come back.
“Your outfit is so adorable!” one girl said, pointing to my new pair of red polka-dotted pants I’d carefully selected for the occasion.
“You’re in SPHS 583? I am too! We should definitely sit together.”
“What classes are you taking this semester?”
“Here’s my phone number, I’m your Recruitment Buddy—we should go get coffee and I can answer any questions you might have before Recruitment starts!”
And I was sold. On a sprawling, populous campus like UNC, so few people really take the time to say, that out of the eighteen thousand undergraduates on campus, they specifically want you to come back to spend time with them. It was such a different experience to have people ask me about myself instead of thrusting another impersonal flyer in my face. I just hoped the girls who wanted to join along with me would be as kind and friendly as the members who welcomed me to my first meeting.
For our sisters, we painted canvases to decorate the bathrooms in our sorority house, which we just got this year! We put Bible verses on them that might inspire our sisters as they look in the mirror, like Song of Solomon 4:7, “You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.”
For our local church project, we decided to help University Presbyterian Church on Franklin Street paint their youth choir’s set for their upcoming performance—never have more beautiful palm fronds and ocean waves been painted, if I do say so myself!
Finally, for our community project, we held a bake sale, each sister in our class baking some cookies, brownies, or cupcakes (see also: bags of candy) to sell during our weekly chapter meeting to raise money for our sorority’s local charity, the ARC of Orange County! We raised enough money to send someone to cooking classes at the ARC, which will really help to brighten her day, for one, and improve her lifestyle with the skills she will learn.
Performing these three projects—the three C’s, as the sorority calls them—united us as a class while allowing us to give back to the sisters who give us so much! Since completing them, the Alpha Gamma class is now just looking forward to our “Activation.” We’ve already been inducted as associate members, as you can see below, wearing our induction black—but now, we will finally be inducted as full-fledged, active members of our sorority. And although I know we will all miss being the spoiled babies of the Phi Beta Chi family, I personally cannot wait to make room for all the potential new members in the fall, welcoming them as I was welcomed this spring.