If you had asked me last year, I would have never thought that college would fly by. As I sit here, I’m almost halfway done with college and I can’t believe how much I’ve grown at USC. I cannot imagine being anywhere else and quite a lot of that is because of Phi Mu.
I came to school a year ago excited for all the new things I was about to experience. I had absolutely no clue what Greek Life was really like or how much it would change my life. Recruitment was the weirdest thing ever to me and it was a whirlwind of a process. I was so naive to everything and it definitely didn't go how I expected it to. But Phi Mu proved to me what a good choice I had made in coming to South Carolina and going through recruitment.
Throughout my freshman year I struggled with the fact that I was nearly 1,000 miles from home and going through so many changes in college. Whenever I was down and felt alone it was always my sisters who picked me back up. Whether it was inviting me to do stuff with them, participating in the sisterhood events or bonding through our amazing philanthropy, there were always people who genuinely wanted me there. My pledge class truly wanted to get to know each other and was constantly supportive in so many different ways.
When I came back for recruitment this year it was bittersweet because I had to leave my friends from home so early. Little did I know that those two weeks would change my life. I made my best friends during these two weeks, and now I don’t know what I would do without them. Being forced to live with people really does make you get to know each other quickly. Everyone was right when they said recruitment brings everyone together on a whole different level. Spending 12 hours a day together and going through all the ups and downs together gave me a different understanding of what our sisterhood is about.
Today I’m reminded of what amazing friends Phi Mu has brought me. I have older sisters who have been such amazing role models, my pledge class who truly makes me want to better myself everyday and I have my little who I get to love on. I could not have made it through this year without these people and I am thankful each and every day for joining this sisterhood and getting to actually be a part of something bigger than myself. I can’t wait for the next two years and what they have to bring.
-Kylie Jones, Sophomore