From building our homecoming float, to gameday, to our parents brunch, we truly had the BEST WEEKEND EVER!!!🤩
A huge thank you to Alpha Tau Omega and Alpha Phi for being the best people to work with for the homecoming float!!! Also, a special thanks so our homecoming chairs Adele Veldekens and Kate Anderson who put so much time and hard work into our floats!! We appreciate you all!!!🏻🏻🏻
We had so much fun at this years Moonball fundraiser where we raised over $10k for Girls On The Run!!!💗🏐🏆 Thank you to all of the teams who signed-up and competed in our tournament to support GOTR!!🏻🏃🏼♀️Also a huge shoutout to our internal philanthropy chair, Claire Kane, for organizing this amazing event!!🤍🤍
PC '23 IS SO FRESH SO CLEAN!!!! Welcome PC '23 to your new truly unforgettable home!! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!
Recruitment was such an amazing experience sharing our philanthropy, sisterhood, and why we all decided to make the best decision and go Gamma Phi Beta. In the first two days of recruitment, we shared our philanthropy, Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization which aims to inspire and empower young girls with a 5k at the end of the year to celebrate their accomplishments. As a chapter, we love working directly with the young girls to raise money for this wonderful organization. Throughout the next round we were able to share personal stories about our wonderful sisterhood including stories about big little reveal, social events, and other bonding experiences. Our sisterhood is something we truly cherish in Gamma Phi and we loved sharing how each of out sisters impact us everyday! Finally, Preference round was such a meaningful experience for everyone, and being able to share our "why gphi" stories with y'all truly meant the world to us! We are so EXCITED to meet the most incredible girls that we will call our new pledge class! WE LOVE YOU ALREADY!
Our chapter had such a wonderful time preparing for recruitment through work week! Our themes were Battle of the Bump Groups, On Cloud Nine with Gamma Phi, Heart Eyes for Gamma Phi, and Color Wars. WE CAN'T WAIT TO MEET YOU PC '23!
Hi besties! My name is Elizabeth Umina, and I am the New Member Educator, or “Pledge Mom,” of Gamma Phi Beta! As Pledge Mom, it’s my job to take our new members under my wing as soon as they get their bid on bid day and walk them all the way through the new member process until they are initiated – in other words, we’re gonna be besties! I teach you the ins and outs of Gamma Phi and get you ready to be an initiated sister. We have weekly new member meetings and during this time I also walk you through the big/little matching process (yay!), and am here to help you with anything you need! I just finished up working with our Spring ‘23 Pledge Class, and let me tell you, we had so, so much fun! I am so excited for this coming semester with our Fall PC ‘23!
I can say for certain that I will come to know my sweet girls in PC ‘23 quite well, but I will introduce myself a little bit right now! I will be a junior Business Management major this fall, and I'm originally from Boston, Massachusetts! I love fashion, shopping, and the color pink, I teach spin classes here at Clemson, and I am a people-person to the core! I just got back from a month studying abroad in Paris and I’m ready to be back in Clemson! I love being with my friends and family 24/7, and everyday I strive to live by my favorite motto, “have courage & be kind.”
When I first came to Clemson, I truthfully did not know much at all about the rush process, and I really had no idea the absolute best surprise I was in for! I quickly fell head over heels for Gamma Phi, and now I cannot not imagine my life without this sisterhood. I lived on our Hall on the Greek Quad this past year, and it was easily the best year of my life! I feel like I say that after every year at Clemson, but the Hall was truly a special experience for me and my friends. I got to be with my besties all of the time, and we went everywhere and did everything together. As soon as I came back from class, I went right to the chapter room to hang out with my sisters, and we had a lot of late nights spent down there laughing and making sweet, sweet memories.
Gamma Phi is such a fun sisterhood filled with girls who always support each other in their goals & dreams. We have sisters involved in an array of things across campus, such as on the cheerleading teams, Clemson Miracle, Volunteers4Life, and lots of other groups and intramural teams, just to name a few! Within Gphi we also have leadership positions, committees, intramural teams, volunteer opportunities, study groups, and so many more ways to get together with other sisters. We have sisterhood events we do together, and we have a lot of fun at our functions, such as semi, Valentine’s cocktail, our country themed function called Boondocks, formal, and so many more throughout the year!
I know going through recruitment feels exciting, confusing, fun and overwhelming all at the same time! If I could go back and give myself a piece of advice, I would tell myself to enjoy the moment, have fun with it, and try to focus on where you feel loved, supported and comfortable. How you feel during recruitment is how you’ll feel once you join a chapter, so focus on what feels like home! My job for our new members is to be here for you no matter what you need. We work together so that your transition into sorority life is seamless, and also fun! I can’t wait to teach our new mems all about this sisterhood that I love so, so much!
I’m so excited to make more memories with you, Fall PC ‘23!
Elizabeth, PC ‘21
I can confidently say joining Gamma Phi Beta is one of the best decisions I have made during my college career, and yes, I realize you may have heard every other member of Greek life say this. I rushed in 2020, which meant Zoom Recruitment. I was super skeptical of the recruitment process BEFORE covid so you can only imagine how I felt when Clemson Panhellenic announced rush would be virtual. I was so nervous! Everything had to be perfect, my hair, my outfit, my round one video, I was definitely feeling the pressure to find the right chapter for me. Every time I was dropped my heart broke a little, I didn't understand why I wasn't good enough. The best advice I could give you is to not have this mindset! The girls you are talking to are on your side; we are here to push you in the right direction, not to put you down. The support I have received and the friends I've gained from Gamma Phi Beta made all that heartbreak worth it. I'm currently writing this blog from my desk at my internship, an internship that my social media position in Gamma Phi Beta helped me pursue. These girls have taught me so much about myself and my worth, I deserve to feel real connection and be a part of a healthy sisterhood and so do you! Enjoy the journey :)
- Tommie Swink
Just three short years ago, we were all standing in your shoes - so anxious and excited for what was about to come! It's crazy to think about how fast the time flew by now that we are entering into our final year at Clemson. We wanted to share with you some things we wish we knew as we started Recruitment.
"In rounds, talk about what makes you happy and what inspires you. Don't just talk about something because you think people want to hear that. We want to know what makes you so awesome!! Don't stray way from your true heart!" - Kayla
"Just be 100% authentic! We want to get to know the real you, and it's the best way to find your home in Panhellenic!" - Hannah
"Be open-minded and look for a place you feel genuinely comfortable in. Trust the process because you will end up exactly where you are supposed to be, whether you know it at the time or not!" - Emily
"Recruitment is a great way to meet new people who are going through the same thing as you, so be open to making connections with other PNMs. Even if you don't end up in the same sorority, they could end up being some of your best friends!" - Mary
"I know this process can be scary and overwhelming, but when you start to feel anxious or nervous, just take a deep breath! Everything will work out the way it's supposed to. Trust the process, and you got this!" - Arianna
These girls have made my experience at Clemson the wildest, most fun adventure of my life! When I look back at where I was 3 years ago, it's insane to see how much I've grown into the person I'm meant to be. But even still, I cannot thank my 18-year old self enough for choosing Gamma Phi and choosing these incredible women to be my sisters. My advice is to try to stop and look around - when you're in line, when you're sitting with your PiChi group, when you're in rounds. Take it all in because these could be the women who not only become your best friends, but also help you to grow into the best version of yourself.
Four years doesn't sound like a long time, and it doesn't feel like it either. These four years will bring some of the toughest mountains to climb, but the views are incredible, so make sure you're bringing the best people along. You got this, and we cannot wait to get to know you so soon!
“Why did you choose Clemson?” is one of the many questions you’ll be asked time and time again before you get to college, as an ice breaker in lectures, and even as an alumni. Maybe it’s because Clemson has your major, or you’re a legacy, wanted to go out of state or stay close to home. Clemson was such an easy choice for me as soon as I was accepted for three reasons
1. Clemson is in my home state, but far enough away from home that I could feel an independence I hadn’t felt before.
I’m from Columbia, South Carolina and it’s comforting knowing I can go home quickly if I need to, but while I’ve been here, I’ve found a sense of independence and learned how to live on my own.
2. Clemson has a large student body. I went to Blythewood High School, which had about 2,000 students in the whole student body. When I was looking for my perfect fit, I wanted somewhere where I could branch out and meet more people. I wanted a big school because I didn’t know anything other than a small town. And while Clemson is a “town,” you’re apart of a family there. Something bigger than yourself.
3. Clemson is a perfect college town. I knew I didn’t want to go to school in a big city, so Clemson stood out to me from the beginning. Clemson has a great student centered atmosphere that makes you feel safe and secure. There is nightlife, great places to eat, and sports shops lining the streets of downtown. There are also wonderful study spaces, diverse majors, fields of study, and students from all backgrounds who all have one thing in common, they chose Clemson. It’s a decision I haven’t regretted since I enrolled.
When I enrolled, everyone was talking about rushing a sorority. I had no idea what that was about. My mom wasn’t in one, but all my friends wanted to do this “rush” thing. I didn’t. So freshman year, I sat back and didn’t really involve myself in much because I wanted to focus on academics. I watched some of my friends form long lasting friendships with their sisters, go to functions, and get involved in their philanthropy. Freshman year is what made me want to rush, because seeing my friends involved made me want to be involved too. Freshman year also helped me learn to manage my time and know what I could handle academically and socially. As soon as I could submit my registration sophomore year, I did. Now I’m forming life long friendships in Gamma Phi, getting dressed up for functions, and loving being involved in our philanthropy (that I love so dearly, pls talk to me about it). Gamma Phi has given me a sense of self confidence, a group of leading women who build me up, study buddies, friends, and most importantly the sisters I never had.
The word sisterhood can have so many different meanings. I learned this when I was going through recruitment and joining Gamma Phi Beta. Going through recruitment, I was looking for girls that I could 100% be myself around and Gamma Phi showed me every aspect of sisterhood and the friendships that I knew I wanted. Joining Gamma Phi, I learned that sisterhood was so much more than a just group of girls you can be yourself around. The girls I have met and became friends with are people who will drop everything to help others. I have friendships that I never thought I would have because of the amazing sisterhood Gamma Phi ensures. These girls are the most genuine people I have ever met and I’m so happy to be apart of something so great.
The word sisterhood has gained so much meaning to me throughout my time in GPhi. I have learned that, in order to have a good friend, you need to be a good friend. I've learned to always help others and be there for them at any time. These women are so much more than friends, they truly are sisters. I honestly never thought that joining a sorority would mean so much to me, but now I know it is the best thing I have done. Not only do I have the best memories from GPhi, but I have also found girls that will be my sisters and friends forever. And I love every single one of them!
If you are at the edge of going through recruitment, I can honestly say that I am your girl to listen to. I was the girl who submitted her application for recruitment the day it was due...to be exact, I submitted it 6 hours before the submission deadline. No one in my family was a part of Greek Life, and many of my friends weren't involved either. I was a sophomore with a set friend group and was very comfortable with my college experience so far. Never in a million years did I think I would want to be a part of a sorority, but I cannot explain to you how grateful I am that I decided to go Greek. I was a sophomore rushing and had no idea what was going on, so I went into recruitment with an open mind and found my home, my people, my place.
I can honestly say that being a part of Greek Life has given me some of my best friends and has given me unforgettable memories. You might find people in your major so that you can sit together on the first day and know a familiar face (@Awease). You might find your future bridesmaid and forever idol (@M-Dog). A Big that truly is your person (@Sbrat). A group of girls that genuinely never have a dull moment and become your people (@ Victoria, Becca, and Conyers). Your roommate (@Jazzy). And if you're lucky like me, you can turn your best friend from middle school into your forever sister (@Conyers). I also found an organization with a philanthropy that makes me want to get more involved in the community. But most importantly, I found an organization that truly makes me proud to be a part of Greek Life.
I know it's probably said too much and sounds cheesy, but go with your gut feeling and take that leap of faith. Being a part of Greek Life has given me an unforgettable college experience, from going to events with sisters, attending philanthropy events, being a part of a great Panhellenic community to gamedays and everything in between. I am so excited for you to find your forever home. Just remember to trust the process and never doubt yourself for a minute.
As always Go Tigers and Go Greek!
My senior year of high school I held a leadership position in all of the clubs and organizations I was a part of, so finding leadership opportunities in college was really important. Going through recruitment as a freshman, I really looked for an organization that would allow for me to pursue leadership roles that genuinely interested me. As I head into my senior year at Clemson and final year as a collegiate member of Gamma Phi, I have had so many different chances to pursue this passion.
Once I realized that New Member Educator (aka Pledge Mom) was a position in the chapter I knew that it was something I was very interested in. I was elected to be Pledge Mom starting in the second semester of my sophomore year and worked with the best group of 10 COB girls. It was definitely a stressful job, but so worth it to see all of them get initiated and continue to grow as Gamma Phis. Then in the fall I was entering my hardest semester of college and had 95 new members asking me questions about all sorts of things. I was constantly stressed and doing 10 million things at once, but it was so worth it because I knew that my job would directly impact each and every one of the new members. I really did feel like a mom; I gave rides, I became a therapist, I helped them make their spring schedules and I watched each of them find their place within the pledge class and the chapter. Because of these interactions, I fell in love with being pledge mom all over and remembered why I had wanted to be a leader within Gamma Phi.
After such an eventful fall semester I decided that I could handle the pressure and demands of a larger position and decided to run for Executive Board as Education Vice President. I had had an inside look into what the EVP’s responsibilities were when I was New Member Ed. I have been EVP since last spring, and while it comes with its own set of challenges, it has been one of the best things I have done as a Gamma Phi. I get to be on exec with my bestie since bid day, Kelly, and I have grown so close to all of the other members of exec. We each bring something different to the table that allows us to do our job to the best of our ability. Jayme and her Google calendar make sure everyone knows what’s going on and when. Ashton’s passion pushes all of us to remember the bigger picture of our roles. Audrey’s creativity allows all of us to deal with any curve balls that come our way. Gwyn steps up in stressful situations and gets the job done. Liv’s sass and sense of humor keep everyone laughing. Kelly’s ability to listen makes her the best person to vent to. And Erica’s support and guidance as our advisor keeps all of us sane.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to hold a leadership position for the last two years because it has made my Gamma Phi experience all that I hoped it would be. I have been able to grow so much as a leader through all of the relationships, meetings and conventions I have attended. I was lucky enough to know exactly which roles I wanted to hold but there are so many different departments and committees within the chapter that anyone could find a leadership role for their interests. Serving as a leader has been an honor and something that I will remember forever. I’m so grateful for all of the support my sisters have given me, all of the chances Epsilon Theta offers and all of the memories I’ve been able to create as New Member Ed and EVP.
Sometimes I catch myself explaining Gamma Phi to others as the “nontraditional sorority experience” as if there’s supposed to be a specific way a sorority should be. Sorority life, especially at southern schools, comes with a lot of stereotypes and can come across as overwhelming, which in turn prevents a lot of amazing, unique women from reaching their own sisterhood. I was the same way as a freshman! I had many loose ideas of what sisterhood is, which in my head included lots of glitter, Lily Pulitzer letter shirts, and an obscure idea of the “big/little process.” This initially deterred me away from the sorority experience as a whole, especially when surrounded by girls who have been preparing for recruitment since they were younger. However after joining Gamma Phi, I realized there was way more to a sisterhood than what I had seen on social media. All of a sudden, I was surrounded by girls passionate about all sorts of hobbies. Wanna go hiking? Rollerskating? Or maybe just binge-watching horrible Netflix rom-coms… there’s always a sister down for the ride.
Three sisters in particular, Emma, Madeline, and Brianna, have shown me how unique Gamma Phi girls are. Emma and I met during the big/little process last fall after silently stalking each others’ Instagrams for the whole semester. On our first (of many) Moe’s dates, I remember laughing so hard I almost missed the last bus home! I got so lucky to have this little ball of energy as my little, and can always count on her to brighten my day.
Nobody else but Madeline would be equally excited to drive 25 minutes to go to a chain restaurant with me while blasting ‘4 Non Blondes’ in the car. And then was equally as excited to sit in the parking lot after one intense food coma. She is always down for an adventure, no matter how strange or far we’re going. Having a true, real friend like Madeline has helped me become more authentic within the sisterhood.
Gamma Phi has also acted as a creative outlet for me, especially being surrounded by other artistic sisters. I can say wholeheartedly that Brianna, our homecoming chair last year, is one of the most artistically talented people I know. Seeing her become so enthralled with designing and creating such a massive piece of art made me feel that much more at home. On the first night we properly hung out for the first time, I remember us saying how it was crazy we never knew how much we had in common. At the end of the day, I’m constantly learning new things about my sisters. Gamma Phi is no cookie-cutter mold focused on how you look, but rather a sisterhood focused on sharing your strengths and meeting a diverse group of young women.
When I graduated high school, I had no idea what I was going to do. I think I changed majors about five times before I even registered for classes. I couldn’t decide where I wanted to go--I knew I wanted to be near my family, but none of the schools around Seattle seemed like the right school for me. So I settled for spending my freshman year of college at a small liberal arts school about 45 minutes from my parents’ house.
I like to say that school is the polar opposite of Clemson. This school had no football team, a distinct lack of school spirit, lots of unfriendly people, and no Greek life. But it was a very typically Pacific Northwest type of school, and if you know me you know that’s basically my whole personality. No matter how much time I spent doing homework in the very indie on-campus coffee shop, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this wasn’t the Perfect Fit I had been dreaming of. When it came down to it, I wanted to go to a big school with a good football team and Greek life. I knew I couldn’t get that in Washington, because the University of Washington was really hard to get into and Washington State University was six hours away. So I felt like I had to settle.
Halfway through my freshman year, my parents started seriously considering moving to Charleston. I immediately thought of transferring to Clemson. My dad got a job lined up and I applied to Clemson. It was the only school I applied to. I had all my eggs in one basket. I remember checking Clemson’s Twitter page to see that they had sent out the acceptance letters one weekend while I was home. I was not expecting to receive my acceptance letter that day. I think my neighbor has security footage of me crying in joy and relief next to my mailbox.
I registered for recruitment as soon as I could, which ended up being a couple days after I moved to Charleston. I was excited but also nervous. I’d heard horror stories about sororities in the south being super intense and super crazy and super hardcore. Greek life in Washington state isn’t very widespread--if a school has sororities, it probably doesn’t have more than two or three. So formal recruitment was quite the culture shock to me! I was hoping to meet at least one girl from Seattle or at least from the west coast. I think that’s one of the things that originally made Gamma Phi stand out to me--the recruitment decorations included a map with pins in all the cities the sisters were from, and there was a pin in Washington state.
It’s the corniest thing and I know everybody says it, but Gamma Phi really has given me a home away from home. I mean that somewhat literally--Rebecca is the first girl I made friends with and now we’re roommates. My big, Kayley, lets me hang out with her cats when I miss my own. Miranda, my twin, is the only person I trust to keep up with me on the dance floor at all the functions. It really does feel like one big sisterhood. It took me a little while, but I finally found my Perfect Fit.
Spring semester of Sophomore year at Clemson I went through a lot of personal issues and stopped doing many of the things that I once loved. I had a hard time finding ways to pursue my passions and felt small at a school with thousands of other people. I become really lost with myself and the things that made me happy, and while this caused me to miss out on a lot of the sorority functions and events, I never really felt alone or left out. Whenever I would go to a meeting or event for Gamma Phi I would talk to different sisters and it would be like I didn’t miss anything at all. I could go without seeing them for a month but still feel at home the next time I went. There have been many times where I went to an event fearing being alone, but my friends would come up to me and talk to me and embrace me like the numerous times before. The support and acceptance that I have received within Gamma Phi have helped to create a comfortability within myself and in the person that I am today. Before I would be too shy or fearful to get involved and put myself out there, but thanks to Gamma Phi I am more confident in myself than ever. Not only do I know that I have a group of people at Clemson who really care about me and my success, but I know that they enjoy being around me and that I am an important part of the sorority – that I am liked and valued.
Gamma Phi has introduced me to so many individuals who inspire me to be a better self. I see my sisters traveling through countries around the world, working their dream jobs in different cities, and really living their best lives. I have become the type of person who now wants to get involved and share my ideas instead of remaining quiet with the fearing being rejected. I know that I will not be judged for who I am or for showing my real personality. The people in Gamma Phi have many individual differences, yet we form a group of people who genuinely enjoy being around each other. We do not need to pretend or to fit a certain mold to be loved. After joining Gamma Phi, I have become the type of person who isn’t afraid of being myself and I know that I do not need to act a certain way to be accepted. My sisters have showed me that our passions and talents are what make us unique. It took many years, but I finally feel confident in the person I am and want to showcase my unique traits. I credit a lot of that to my sisters and the healthy environment that Gamma Phi has created.
To my big, Sara, and my grand-big, Autumn, thank you for helping me get more involved in the Clemson community and for bringing me into the most supportive family. To my little, Virginia, thank you for inspiring me with your kindness and adding more laughter to my life. To PC 18, thank you for introducing me to so many unique people and making life more interesting. And to Gamma Phi, thank you for always accepting me and helping build confidence within myself that will last a lifetime.
Moving 12 hours away from my family, leaving all my friends behind, going to a school where I didn’t know a single soul, about to begin a recruitment process that I knew absolutely nothing about, it was scary, to say the least. But it was also exhilarating and new too. And I was so excited to see what was in store for me.
I had no clue what to expect from recruitment. I didn’t know if it was going to be small interviews, presentations, or something else. So of course I felt scared and unprepared when I walked into Littlejohn Coliseum that first day. No one knew me and I knew nobody. I could choose to be anybody I wanted to be, and I decided to just be unapologetically me. I reminded myself of every time I stepped into a new room, meeting new women from different sororities. The fear that was weighing me down started to lighten and I began to have fun.
Gamma Phi was not the first sorority I had met, and I’m actually thankful for that because, as the long day wore on, I got more comfortable with showing off who I was. So when I walked into that Gamma Phi room, and the woman, who would later become my Big, scooped my arm, I felt at home. And yes that sounds so cliche, but there’s really no other way I could describe it. I felt like this is the place where I could walk around with no makeup, in a baggy t-shirt, and still feel loved. Jayme was the first woman I talked to, and we discovered that we’re both from Pennsylvania and bonded over the fact that Wawa is way better than Sheetz. The next round, I met Liv, who was surprisingly from my small hometown. I had known Liv for all of 2 minutes and I felt so comfortable talking to her about how scared I was leaving home. Gamma Phi made me feel like, not only could I find my place at Clemson, I could find my home.
It’s been almost two years since those conversations and I can still say that I am beyond grateful that I chose Gamma Phi. In that time, I’ve made friends whose homes are far away like mine and friends whose families live just around the corner. I’ve made friends whose parents took me in for tailgates and dinners when I needed family time the most. I’ve made friends who go on adventures with me and know how to make me laugh when I’m feeling homesick. I’ve made friends who I can’t live without so decided I need them as my roommates. I’ve made friends who push me to be my very best, as a Clemson student and as a person. I’ve made friends who are my family. And I have Gamma Phi to thank for that.
Last summer, I applied and was selected to go to Gamma Phi’s Real Leadership Experience, at the Psi Chapter of University of Oklahoma. For my four day stay, myself and 39 other gamma phis from all over the country got to learn and live together. Through mini workshops we learned about how to be a stronger woman and honed in on our leadership skills.
While the week can be summed up into just a few short sentences, the experience that I walked away with is one that will stick with me forever.
By some odd string of luck, Annabel Jones, the International President of Gamma Phi Beta, was my small group leader. RLE was hosted at the facilities of the Psi chapter, the same chapter Annabel was an initiated member at and walked the very halls of as a collegiate member over 30 years ago. There was a fire in her voice when she talked about Gamma Phi, a kind of love I don’t know if I’ve ever heard and that same love radiated from every sister that I met that week.
Every time someone describes an organization they are part of, they mention how they love that they can be a part of something far bigger than themselves. As cliche as it sounds, RLE showed me that our sisterhood at the epsilon theta chapter is only a small portion of the sisterhood that bounds two countries and 145 years. I fell in love with Gamma Phi Beta all over again and it was for the same exact reason as the first time- the love, the acceptance, and the trueness of the bonds formed. It was as if I was initiated into a second chapter of Gphi. Every day we text in our groupme updates from our chapters. We share the same excitement for bid day, big little reveal, and every thing life related.
I am so grateful for all the memories that I gained from RLE but I’m most grateful for my true and constant friends.
To my freshman year roommate, Emily:
When I went through rush in the fall and pledged Gamma Phi, you were there for it all. Even though you decided not to go through formal recruitment in the fall, you were there to support me on the night before pref round, you were there to hype me up as i got ready to go to my bid day, you were there to encourage me before every buddy date i went on, and most of all, you were always there to have my back.
That’s why when you pledged in the spring, I knew everyone in Gamma Phi was going to be so overjoyed to have another true & constant sister. Knowing that I was now able to give you the same support system as a pledge that you gave me was one of the best feelings. I loved being your bid day buddy, your semi date, hearing about your buddy dates as you looked for a family of your own in GPhi, and getting to meet the amazing girls in your pledge class (BDPC fr).
However, if I had to choose a favorite memory of ours this year, it would be moving onto the sorority hall after your bid day. Although a chaotic move and a short-lived experience, it made me realize that my freshman year would not have been nearly as much fun without you. From being weirdos and having conversations between communal showers, to accidentally getting locked out late at night and having to call a sister to the rescue, to having the deepest, most genuine girl talks on our futon, there is no way my freshman year would have been the same without you.
Because of you, I understand how significant a first year roommate is. You are my best friend, and no matter how far we go, I know we will always be there for each other as Clemson family and GPhi sisters.
Your partner in crime,
From kindergarten to 12th grade, I went to the same school with the same group of people. I never got the chance to experience life outside of my small private school bubble. Being best friends with the people I grew up with and knowing everyone’s life story was my norm. Considering that I graduated with 23 students, the thought of going to school with around 23,000 students somewhat terrified me. I didn’t know if making new friends would come easy for me or if I was ready to say goodbye to everything in Charleston. After coping with the idea that my life was about to completely change as I was about to begin a new chapter in my life, I decided to make the most out of it by going through recruitment.
The thought of rushing intimidated me since I would be talking to many diverse girls without knowing a single thing about them. It was an experience I felt like I was never really prepared for and didn’t know what to expect. During rush, I felt confident and comfortable talking to the girls in Gamma Phi. I didn’t feel like I had to put on a show or try to act like someone I wasn’t. Looking back on my experience, I would have never thought one of the girls I talked to during Preference Round would become my bid day buddy, big, and best friend. As cliche as it seems, the wisest advice I was given during recruitment was to trust the process and follow your gut.
I can proudly say that joining Gamma Phi has hands down been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. It brought me out of my small private school comfort zone and opened many doors for me, one of which was joining the club field hockey team, TOPSoccer, and intramural basketball team. Although my experience was cut short due to COVID-19, I cherished every moment I was able to spend with Gamma Phi. I’m so thankful I was able to enjoy my spring break at Disney with two of my sisters and even show them a little piece of my life back at home in Charleston.
Thank you GPhi for being my home away from home and giving me life long friends!!!
I came into college as an only child of two immigrant parents. With no siblings, and no family from the states, I started off knowing very little about greek life. Little did I know that over the next four years I would find myself with more friends, more sisters, and more family than I could ever imagine possible. I met my best friend and future roommate on bidday. I have travelled to 6 different states with my sisters. Yet, the greatest thing Gamma Phi ever gave me was my family.
To my big, Erin, thanks for showing me the ropes. For teaching me about college, about Clemson, and about life. Thanks for being there for me and being a guiding light. Thanks for being my person, for picking me as your little, and picking me for life. I can’t wait to one day stand beside you on your wedding day :) I’ll love you always. So proud of you for everything you’ve become. Keep killing law school!
To my little, Bri, thanks for being my opposite. Thanks for reminding me life isn’t always about the cold hard facts, sometimes it’s good to just relax and be creative. I’ll never be nearly as talented as you, but you always inspire and amaze me. You are such a hard worker, and I’m so excited to see everything you do when you graduate :) Love you endlessly. I look at the canvas you painted me daily and it always makes me smile and think of all our memories together.
To my glil, Liz, thanks for being my twin. Thanks for being just as outgoing and crazy as me. Thanks for being from the north so you understand me and thanks for transferring. Life wouldn’t be the same without you. I’m so glad you ended up at Clemson and more importantly that you ended up in the family. I cannot think of a better fit. I will be back in Boston ASAP for more cannolis. Go live up senior year in my honor :) love you tons.
To my gglil, Cait, thanks for being a balance. Thanks for being just as down to go out as you are to have a night in. Thanks for being a wonderful example of how to handle school and a social life. Thanks for deciding to rush and rounding out this family (at least for my time here at Clemson). Thanks for loving dance as much as I do and always being the most fun at karaoke. It was nice to have a science major around again. Made me feel less crazy about my classes. I’ll always love ya for that.
To all my future family members, thanks for keeping this family going. You’ve joined one of the best family lines in Gamma Phi and though I might be biased, it’s still true. These girls are some of the most supportive, loving, caring, intelligent, strong, fun people you’ll ever meet. Treasure your time with them. Make time for fam dinner, check in with each other, and know that one day you’ll look back and realize the best gift Gamma Phi gave you wasn’t your functions, but your family.
I’ll be back soon to see/meet you all, but for now just know I love you all. Thank you for all the memories we’ve made together. I can’t wait to sit down and eat mexican again and laugh with us all at one table. I no longer feel like an only child, I have an ever growing family that I am ever grateful and ever loyal to. I am so proud to have been a part of this and I hope you all are too.
-Love the (current) matriarch of the this family, Lauren
Well, it is now week 6 or 7 of being quarantined due to COVID-19. Everyone has been sent home, classes are all online, and shops/restaurants are closed. Nobody expected something like this was ever going to happen! I miss the way things were before and I’m sure everyone else does too. I miss waking up and going to class, Chick-fil-dates with my roommates, and everything that comes with going to Clemson University. However, I am missing my Gamma Phi sisters the most. I rushed this past year as a rising sophomore and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting to gain very much from joining a sorority. However, I ended up meeting my best friends and believe that rushing Gamma Phi was the best decision I've made. I met most of them on Bid Day and we have all been inseparable since. It’s crazy to think that these girls were all strangers to me before recruitment and now I couldn’t imagine my life without them.
I was in Clemson’s Bridge Program my freshman year and was super disappointed that I couldn’t rush at the time. Both of my parents were in Greek life at Clemson and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of as well. However, when it came time to sign up for recruitment this past summer I got really scared and apprehensive about the whole process. Was any sorority going to like me? What if I don’t “click” with any of the girls? How will I know which sorority is right for me? They always say “trust the process,” and as cheesy as that sounds, that’s exactly what you should do. All of my worries quickly disappeared after meeting the girls in Gamma Phi and seeing how close their bond was. They welcomed me with open arms and were so excited that I was going to be their future sister. I have made some of the best memories this past year thanks to Gamma Phi. Semi-formal, Moon Ball, the Lip Sync Battle and so many more events have brought me closer to everyone.
COVID-19 really put a damper on this semester. My heart goes out to our seniors in Gamma Phi and I want them to know that I’ll miss them and am thankful for the time I got to spend with them! Hopefully soon this will all pass. Before we know it, we’ll be back in Tillman Hall for chapter and will be reunited with everyone. Snapchat and iMessage are keeping me in contact with my girls for now! It’s hard to put into words just how thankful I am for Gamma Phi. They have given me friendships that will last a lifetime and I can’t wait for what's to come!
I miss and love you all.
Coming into Clemson as a Sophomore, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Sure, I had visited the campus before and talked to a few other transfers over social media, but I didn’t know how I was going to transition to this big change. My freshman year of college I attended George Washington University, which is right in the heart of Washington, D.C. Moving from D.C. to Clemson, South Carolina was going to be a huge change for me. When I visited Clemson, I knew it was going to be a better fit for me than GW was, so I was ready to take on the challenge.
Since I was coming into a much larger school where I didn’t know a single person, I was nervous about meeting people and making friends, especially since I was coming in as a sophomore and people already had friends. I decided to ease the friend making process by going through recruitment. I had literally no idea what to expect from this, and all of my friends from home and GW were telling me it was going to be insane. I’m from Massachusetts and Greek like at colleges at home doesn’t really compare to how it is in the south. One of my biggest concerns was that I was going to be the only sophomore, surrounded by freshmen, and that none of the sororities wanted to take sophomore. Then when I met with my Pi Chi group for the first time, I was relieved to find out that there were 5 other sophomores rushing with me in my group and my Pi Chi even rushed as a sophomore. All through recruitment I was meeting girls who were either other PNMs that were also sophomores, or members in rounds that I was paired with who had rushed as sophomores themselves. I learned that it was totally normal and there was no reason to be worried in the first place.
Going through recruitment and joining Gamma Phi was one of the best choices I’ve made as a transfer and it has made my Clemson experience so much better! I was able to make friends before classes even started within my pledge class, and I had some familiar faces to say hi to around campus in the first few days. Joining Gamma Phi made me feel like I was already part of a community within the larger Clemson community. I didn’t feel like an outsider at my new school, I felt welcomed and it really did help my transition here. If you are either transferring to Clemson or even a current student thinking about going through recruitment as a sophomore or junior, my advice for you is DO IT! It may seem scary at first, but I promise you that everyone is nervous, and it is completely normal. You’ll find the perfect home for you with girls who will welcome you, so you don’t feel lonely. You will join an amazing family, who will literally do anything for you, like a family away from your actual family at home. Rushing as a transfer and joining G Phi was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made in college, besides choosing to transfer to Clemson in the first place!
- Liz May