Jamie Benfiled | November 19, 2013
Now, this is the story all about how, my life got twisted upside down, and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air.
Just kidding. I’m not a 1990’s Will Smith aka Fresh Prince; but I am a 2013 Gamma Phi Beta sorority member.
Gamma Phi Beta participated in sorority recruitment this semester on campus and was able to find six new members to join the happy family. Every recruitment is a happy time, because the sisters of Gamma Phi are blessed with the opportunity to welcome new potential members and get to know a new group of girls, with the hope that they would join our family. Because that is what Gamma Phi Beta is—a family.
I can’t speak personally for other sororities or fraternities on campus, but I do know that successful recruitment is desired by all. By successful I mean that the sorority or fraternity was successful in running a smooth recruitment process, but most importantly that new members were found.
Gamma Phi is always on the lookout for potential new members, which is why we hold Meet the Sisters events, which are not formal but give the current sisters a chance to meet new girls who may be interested in joining our sorority, or any sorority for that matter. While formal recruitment is not offered to first semester freshmen, these events allow new girls to get to know the sisters prior to recruitment in the spring. With this said, the Spring semester is quickly approaching, and with it comes recruitment, at which any freshmen or upper level student can see what Greek Life has to offer.
So, just as Will Smith did in the 90’s, it’s my turn to tell my story.
Now, this is the story all about how, my life got lifted, Greek Life was found, and I’d like to take a minute just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I became a freshman member of Gamma Phi.
My first semester at La Salle was rough. I had a difficult time finding the right group of people to spend my time with—a group that shared my interests and wants. While I did make friends, I didn’t feel like I had found a home away from home here at La Salle.
As the fall semester drug on, I fought with the idea of transferring schools, in the hope that I would fit in better somewhere else. I had time to think about this over Winter break, and sent out a few applications. When spring semester came, I was convinced by a fellow classmate, to come to Meet the Sororities night.
I had always wanted to be in a sorority from the movies I watched when I was growing up. What girl didn’t want to be just like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, or fear for her life with her sisters by her side in Sorority Row? I thought a sorority would be perfect for me, but I was extremely nervous. What if they don’t like me? What if I can’t find the right girls for me? Questions ran through my head, along with doubts, but I proceeded with Meet the Sororities night. The night didn’t change my mind, but I was still curious and proceeded with formal recruitment.
Gamma Phi Beta was not the first room I entered, but the minute I did I knew that going out for recruitment was the right choice. I felt loved, wanted, approved of, and like I fit in. The girls were friendly, talkative, cheerful and genuinely interested in my life. I remember wearing my hair in a side French braid, something that would make me stand out, and it didn’t go unnoticed. The girls would ask me about my hair, repeatedly ask my name, and a conversation would spark. Who knew one little braid would send me into the best decision I’ve made on this campus.
On the last day of recruitment I was thrilled to get a bid from Gamma Phi Beta and even more overjoyed when I was officially initiated as a member. All thoughts of transferring schools dissipated, I had friends who I felt like I truly belonged with, and I had found my home away from home at last.
I’m not trying to convince anyone that Gamma Phi is the best option, but convey that it was the best option for me. Greek Life is something I would recommend to all freshmen, especially if you are having the feelings I had during the first semester. Spring recruitment is coming up, and if you feel like Greek Life may be for you, if you’re skeptical, or if you definitely know that it is something you want, then come out!
College should be enjoyable and a fun experience to remember, and I know that with my sisters by my side, I won’t forget a moment.