Over the past few months, Phi Mu has evolved to become so much of a larger presence in my life than I had ever anticipated. What first appeared to me as simply two Greek letters are now symbols for lifetime friendships, irreplacable sisters, and everlasting memories.
If you had told me in high school that I would join a sorority during my years at college, I would have simply chuckled because back then, it seemed like such a foreign concecpt to me. What little exposure to sororites I had came from movies and TV shows, and the way that they were dipicted in the media didn’t seem like something for me. However, there’s something to be said about seeing something portrayed on television and then experiencing it for yourself in person.
After some convincing from my friends, I took a chance, stepped outsdie my comfort zone and decided to go through Formal Membership Recruitment during freshman year simply for the experience. I had no ideas of what I was getting myself into and went in with an open mind. Although I didn’t join a sorority during Formal Recruitment, that experience has been one of the most valuable and rewarding. In retrospect, it really allowed me to see and embrace the motto that “everything happens for a reason”—that reason manifested itself in the form of a bid from Phi Mu on a crisp, fall day and I have not looked back since then.
I still remember that day so fondly, two of my best friends and I opened up our envelopes, which we had been carrying with delicate care, at the same time and started jumping up and down, giddy with utter excitement upon finding out that we were now fortunate to not only be best friends, but share in this exciting Phi Mu journey as sisters.
From sharing some of our most personal experiences during sisterhood retreat to bonding with sisters during our first Recruitment to enjoying Chapter Dinners and catching up, Phi Mu has brought so many positive experiences, happy memories and vibrant sisters into my life that I will be forever grateful for.
My Phi Mu journey has just begun, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for these next few years in college and beyond.