Now that you all have been following my blog for some time now I hope that you are all connecting to the fact that I associate myself with the Gamma Phi Beta community. The people and experiences in the past year have made my college experience thus far so much more than it could have every been without this organization. If you asked me three years ago if I could ever see myself being in a sorority I would say “no no no” but now that I’ve experienced it first hand I know that Gamma Phi was the BEST decision I could have made. Its brought me out of my comfort zone, challenged me, and taught me new things every week. This is a place where I truly found my niche, a place I could be the real Madison without feeling judged in any sort of way. The ladies of this chapter are some of the most humbling, down to earth, and genuine people I have ever met and only hope to hold myself to such high standards as they do. According to the Aggie Gamma Phi Beta website our vision as a chapter is to ”build confident women of character who celebrate sisterhood and make a difference in the world around us” and I’m nothing but proud to associate myself with this type of organization. Its something I feel everyone should experience at least once in their lives because a lasting impact will be made on you as a person.
Here is a great woman to describe her Gamma Phi Beta experience. Meet Stacy Hudman, our senior Vice-President of Personal Relations. She is not only a great friend but only my grand big! I decided to ask her a few short questions about her past four years as a member and thought that a first hand account would help you all understand Greek life a little better…
Why did you choose to join a sorority? I’m from Giddings which if you know where that is you know its super small. I graduated with about 130 and none of my close friends decided to come to Texas A&M. All throughout high school I was on sports teams and in clubs and was so used to being in that close knit group that I knew I wanted to carry that on over to college. Knowing that none of my friends would be here and I would lose that security I felt I home joining a sorority seemed like a really great opportunity to get what I was missing.
Did you have any misconceptions about sororities before you joined one? Yes. You always see movies and hear people talking about how crazy sororities are. The common misconception is that it’s a group of blond party girls who just like to go out and not care about school. Their parents buy them everything they could ever want and don’t care about anything else. Now that im in a sorority I know that basically all of these things are false. We actually have a lot of strict rules to live by and if we violate any of them such as having a drop alcohol of in our sorority house could lead to our charter being taken away.
How old were you when you joined? I was a freshman.
What drew you to Gamma Phi Beta? What I have always loved about Gamma Phi is how down to earth and real the girls are. I never feel like I can’t be myself or act a certain way around the girls because I know that I’ll always be accepted for being me. When visiting other houses I didn’t feel this way, it made me uncomfortable and know that I couldn’t see myself as one of them but at Gamma Phi I could.
What is one word you use to describe Gamma Phi Beta? Genuine
What is your favorite part about Gamma Phi Beta? Definitely how close everyone is. Even though this is my senior year I actually live in our sorority house because I’m on our executive board. There is literally always something going on here whether it’s going out to eat or just having some to study with. After only being here for about two months I’m already so much more close to girls than when I arrived and its what I love. Not only am I close to these girls but also it’s the same with everyone else! I know everyone’s name and could tell you something hilarious about each and everyone, its what I’m going to miss most when I graduate.
Describe sisterhood? I would say that sisterhood is always being there for those around you, it’s whom you would drop everything for and answer their call whatever it may be. It’s always giving a sister someone to talk to when things are getting rough or even helping her study for a test, someone you can always be there for.
Finally, what is your favorite memory about Gamma Phi Beta? I would have to say recruitment. There’s something about being stuck in a house for twelve hours a day for a whole week that creates some
Founded upon a rock,
- Madison Seidel