Joining a sorority can be one of the scariest, yet most rewarding decisions a young woman can ever make. I should know — I'm in one.
Coming into my first year at Carolina, I was extremely apprehensive about Greek life. I didn't know if I would fit in, didn't know if I had time in my already hectic schedule, and didn't know if the decision to be a member of a sisterhood was the right one for me. Instead of going through fall recruitment, I decided to wait until the spring and sort out my options and preferences. This decision not only gave me time to adjust to my new life at college, but it also gave me time to figure out if I truly wanted to join a sorority. During the fall semester, I not only learned about the different sororities on campus and the types of commitments each one would entail, but I was also introduced to a sorority that I felt would fit my needs perfectly.
That sorority was none other than Phi Beta Chi.
The "Outer Banks" sorority as some like to call it, matched my spiritual, social, and educational needs in more ways than one. It offered me numerous ways to grow deeper in my faith through bible studies, devotionals, and retreats. It also gave me multiple opportunities to branch out to alumni, make some of the greatest friends in the world, and gain a family of 145 beautiful sisters. Additionally, Phi Beta Chi partakes in some of the liveliest events, ranging from philanthropic (Pediatric Playroom, Breakfast for Bethesda, and Greek Groove) to social (mixers, semi-formal, and formal) to educational (seminars, trainings, and resume workshops).
Since joining, I have made tons of memories, gone to the craziest places, and gained some of my biggest sushi-eating, canvas-painting, shag-dancing, supporters/friends/sisters. The fears of "buying my friends," "being a typical sorority girl," and getting classified as a "preppy, prissy princess" were completely erased and could not be farther from the truth of what being in a sorority truly means. And if you're worried about the Lilly Pulitzer-owning, Jack Rogers-wearing stereotype, I promise there are plenty of women in this sorority that would much rather prefer norts and a t-shirt any day of the week.
The fundamental ideals of service to church and humanity, striving to be faithful and energetic Christian leaders, and loving through life in Christ are the things that have defined my sorority experience and have defined what a sisterhood should ultimately look like. I have zero regrets and I encourage anyone who is possibly interested in thinking about joining our awesome family to come out to any interest session next week to learn more about Phi Beta Chi and all it has to offer!
After all, we are yours for a lifetime!