If you asked me three years ago where I saw myself a this point in college, my answer would probably be far from where I am now. Before joining Phi Mu, I really only looked at the sisterhood aspect of all of the sororities because I knew I wanted to find a good fit for myself, I didn’t really take into consideration everything else that sororities had to offer. I wasn’t looking at academics since I felt pretty confident in myself in that aspect, nor was I looking for leadership opportunities, because me as a leader? No thank you, I could barely even carry on a good conversation with people I barely knew, much less lead a chapter of over 350 women. Leadership was the furthest from my mind as a freshman.
After a year and a half of making friends and growing myself, I found a group of friends that encouraged me to be the best I could be. I strived for that 4.0 and wanted to take responsibility within my chapter. Despite my nervousness, I applied to be banner chair, my first leadership position within Phi Mu. I’m not going to lie, I contemplated not doing it just because I was nervous of delegating tasks to members of the committee, if people would even like my designs, and ultimately not getting the position. I ended up getting the position at the beginning of my junior year and loved every minute of it. By this time, I was thinking about an executive position but wasn’t sure where my fit would be. After much discussion amongst my sisters and determination (could I really make a budget and bills for over 350 women??), I finally applied and ran for treasurer. I’m not going to lie, it was nerve wracking once I was elected, but I enjoy every minute of it.
It has been an extraordinary journey finding myself in Phi Mu. I’ve become a better-rounded woman and have overcome my timid personality. I am so thankful for my past three years in Phi Mu and look forward to my last semester as treasurer and last year as a collegian. Although I’m graduating in a year, I know Phi Mu has and will continue to be there for me, to help push my past my limits and ultimately help me get further in life. I will always have someone there to encourage me, and for that I am so very thankful for each bond I’ve created along the way. Without this bond, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
-Christen Giordano, Junior