How It All Got Started

founders day 2015It’s strange for me to think that just a few months ago I didn’t know another person at the University of Washington. Being one in over 44 thousand students, it was intimidating for me to meet new people. I am so intent on learning the material in class that I rarely even noticed who was in my classes with me. I made it through my first quarter without attending any events, going to any parties, or making any friends.
On the first day of winter quarter I was lost and wandering around campus when I passed a Phi Mu recruitment table. The girls were so outgoing, nice, and open that briefly talking to them was the highlight of my day. Their outward kindness convinced me to go to an event they were holding. So I took a step out of my comfort zone and went to a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital event. As soon as I arrived, the girls I had met on campus remembered who I was and made me feel very welcome. They gave a presentation on what the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital was, and how important it was to them. After the presentation we each wrote notes and tucked them in books which Phi Mu donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital. This event changed everything! I fell in love with what Phi Mu stood for and did for the community. The girls I met at the event were so genuine and nice that I felt comfortable around them and like I could really be myself.
I called my mom right after I left the event to fill her in on all the amazing things I learned about Phi Mu, and I told her that I was going to join. And a few weeks later I accepted my bid.
Since becoming a Phi I have met so many wonderful ladies, and I have made friends I know I will have for a long time. I have been blown away with the ideals of Phi Mu, and I appreciate how valued individuality is in this fraternity.
I recently attended the Founders Day ceremony. I was nervous going to it. I didn’t know what to expect – all I knew was that there would be a lot of alumnae there and I honestly thought it would be uncomfortable. But Phi Mu came through for me once again! Everyone I met was so welcoming and excited that the Eta Beta chapter was reopening. I was able to tell them all about my experiences, and they shared their stories, and gave me a good idea about what to expect. I got to see members celebrate their 25th and 50th anniversaries with Phi Mu, as well as sisters meeting again after 5 years but picking up right where they left off like no time had passed. Leaving this event I had never been so excited about my future as a Phi Mu. I have met so many wonderful people and I know that no matter what happens I will always have a home and family wherever I am thanks to Phi Mu.