ΦM PHUN!

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Name: Kate Vacovec

Year: Class of 2013

Hometown: Sherborn, MA

Major(s): International Relations Major; Entrepreneurship and Management Minor

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Every week I spend an hour giving a tour around the Hopkins campus to prospective students.  Most tours I’ve given follow the same format with students half-listening as they recall the 10 other college information sessions and tours they have already attended. Most tours are a blur even to me.  However, one specific tour that occurred last semester specifically stands out.  I remember walking into the rec center to give prospective students and their parents an opportunity to look around.  As I waited patiently, one student approached me with his father and hesitantly posed a unique question that no prospective student had ever attempted to ask.  “Is Hopkins…fun?”

Now flashback to when I was a senior applying to Hopkins.  At first, I didn’t even consider it.  All the college guides certainly did not make it seem fun.  Who wanted to go to a school where everyone studied and was extremely competitive?  While I wanted to get an amazing education at a great school, I made a vow to not sell my soul and sacrifice my sanity by going to a school whose extracurricular was study on M level. Well fortunately for me, I had a cousin who had graduated a couple years before and promised me that he had an awesome time.  After I applied and got in, I had to figure out how I would actually have fun at Hopkins.

Phi Mu Dinosaur-themed party

Luckily, the answer hit me immediately when a cheery girl handed me a cup of pink lemonade on the “beach” at Hopkins.  Joining a sorority became the answer to my question.  I was certainly tentative at first. A sorority? I’m an intellectual! Sororities are only for girly girls who are from the south and wear Lily Pulitzer and pearls. But instantly I realized that those involved in Greek Life at Hopkins are more than what is depicted in the movies. They are scholars looking to balance their academics and extracurricular activities with some fun on the weekends.

Phi Mu dresses as Hopkins cheerleaders for Halloween

After joining Phi Mu, my life at Hopkins changed dramatically. I met a group of girls who manage to get over a 3.5 GPA while devoting their time to every extracurricular on campus possible and still making an appearance on the

Phi Mu's flag football team

weekends.  Fun? How can date parties, flag football, Greek weekend, sister dinners, themed celebrations and random movie nights with lots of ice cream and chick flicks not be fun? Phi Mu certainly satiated my appetite for activities to balance my academics, but so far it has provided me with much more than I even expected.  It has challenged me to volunteer and raise money (think bake sales, visits to Hope Lodge and Pastathon) for our philanthropy organization Children’s Miracle Network. Some of my Phi Mu sisters and I even challenged ourselves to run the 10 mile Cherry Blossom Run to raise money for this organization (Challenge is an understatement. Come decision time I was still battling three miles).  Phi Mu has also helped me to establish bonds with sisters on campus that I would have never met without my pledge to Phi Mu. Walking around campus and receiving smiling faces from my sisters never seems to get old.

Phi Mu has certainly proved to be my answer to my own tentative question, “Will Hopkins be fun?”  After two years as a Hopkins undergrad, I look back and think, Phi Mu has made my experience at Hopkins fun.  But I actually have to correct myself. Phi Mu has made my experience at Hopkins unforgettable.

1 Comment

  • By Noah G., February 26, 2011 @ 9:54 AM

    Man, that sounds great! I really should have joined a sorority…

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