When I arrived on campus a year and a half ago, you would have had better luck convincing me to switch my History major to a degree in Biophysics than you would have convincing me to join Greek Life. I was sure I knew what sorority life was like, and I was sure it wasn’t for me. Well a year and a half later, I am (uncharacteristically) admitting that I was wrong. Very very wrong. This is the story of how stubborn JHU_Tess kept an open mind, and became an Alpha Phi sister.
Now a little bit of background on Greek Life at Hopkins before I begin. About 25% of students on campus participate in Greek Life, so it is safe to say that it does not dominate the social scene in the slightest. That was actually a really important factor in my decision to come to Hopkins, because I knew I could never be happy at a school where the social life was so homogenous.
Sororities at Hopkins do not have houses, so where and who I live with will never be dictated by Greek involvement – which I love. Another cool aspect of Hopkins Greek Life is that Rush does not occur until the start of spring semester. This not only allowed me to make a varied and diverse friend group, but afforded me the opportunity to learn more about Greek Life before I decided whether or not it was for me.
I think I began reconsidering my stance on sororities mid-fall of my freshman year. I had learned quickly that the negative stereotypes I had seen of sorority girls really did not exist at Hopkins. I learned about the cool community service events they participated in, as well as all the fun social benefits of joining. What really changed my mind was the girls I met, specifically in Alpha Phi.
Going through Rush I realized that Alpha Phis were the girls that reminded me of my friends from home, the girls I wanted to know better, the girls I could see myself being friends with. They were fun and smart, and most of all, they were genuine. I had discovered my home within Homewood.
Since joining last spring I haven’t regretted my decision once. Alpha Phi has given me the chance to meet amazing people who’s paths I would have never crossed had it not been for Alpha Phi.
I love Alpha Phi’s history and traditions, its amazing national presence as well as its dedication to its philanthropic cause, Heart Health. I love my chapter, Zeta Omicron, and all of my incredible sisters. I love our date parties and mixers, our sisterhood events and my Alpha Phi phamily.
This current semester I am taking on a leadership position within the chapter as Manager of New Member Orientation. I am so excited to get to know our New Member class, and act as a resource for them as they are integrated into the sorority. Together with one of my besties Dana, we will teach our new sisters all about what it means to be an Alpha Phi, and what a special title that is.
I’ve changed a lot since college, and am proud to say that I am a little more open minded than when I first stepped foot on Homewood. I have expanded my food pallet – as of late I now eat yogurt (!!) and oatmeal. Though it has been said I resemble a dying walrus when I run, I am currently training for a half-marathon! And I changed my mind about Greek Life.
Being in Alpha Phi has provided me with outlets for campus involvement, countless memories and amazing friends. My life at Hopkins is filled with laughter, love and support and that is no doubt largely because of Alpha Phi.