joined Gamma Phi as a freshman at University of South Florida in Tampa, and if we’re being honest here, it took me a second to feel all in. But soon enough, I met women who became my best friends and pushed me to lead with self-confidence. And those same women supported me when I decided to transfer to Clemson after my sophomore year.
Clemson had always seemed like the right school for me, but I went to USF because my friends went there, making it the comfortable choice. It all works out though, because my USF Gamma Phi experience made me sure that I wanted to join Clemson’s chapter when I got here. And girl, I am so glad that I did.
On my first day at Clemson, I was meeting the Chapter President at the recruitment retreat as we were about to start some activity. She glanced up and goes, “Oh, Jessie and Lindsay. They’re cool.” She sat me down next to them, and wouldn’t you know it… they became my best friends at Clemson. I seriously don’t think I’ve ever clicked and laughed so easily with someone after knowing them for 10 minutes. Day 1 in Clemson Gamma Phi brought me two of my favorite people, my go-to’s, and the first ones to sleep on the pull-out couch in my apartment.
During that first week as a new addition to this chapter, I felt nothing but love and acceptance from this group of women, and that hasn’t changed. Gamma Phi made me feel at home in Clemson faster than I ever imagined and gave me sources of comfort and encouragement, even after moving hundreds of miles. So yeah, there’s something in these hills… and there’s also something in GPhi.
Written by: Sussie Danahy, PC ‘16, Class of 2020