If you had told me when I was a freshman that 4 years in a SEC sorority would prepared me to take on New York City, I would not have believed you. However, this could not be truer. My name is Lauren Haile and I am a Fashion Merchandising major from Charleston, South Carolina that is about to take on the Big Apple.
When I first joined Phi Mu, I transitioned from a graduation class of 23 people to a pledge class of over 100 women. I was nervous about shifting from such a small, tight knit group of people to a whole sea of unknown faces. But, the warmth of the sisters of Phi Mu, Lambda Theta made the change nearly effortless. I immediately felt comfortable, and like I had found my niche at such a large university.
The next crazy transition was summer of my junior year when I moved to New York City for a summer internship. I did not know many people in the city and it was time to be a small fish in a big pond again. A Phi Mu Alumni named Erin Bruer, had moved to the city a few months prior and reached out as soon as she heard I would be living in New York City. Spending Monday nights watch The Bachelorette together brought back memories of my time living in the Phi Mu house and watching TV with my sisters. I honestly cannot imagine my time in NYC without Erin and she is just one of the many examples of how Phi Mu members go out of their way to be there for one another.
Now, I find myself in my final semester at Carolina. I am planning to move back to New York after graduation and live with a fellow Phi Mu sister. Sometimes, I think back to how I felt in the first few weeks, hoping I could make the friends and memories girls raved about it recruitment. I have gained that and so much more. Phi Mu has grown me as a woman, given me countless leadership opportunities, provided lasting friends and memories I will forever cherish.
-Lauren Haile, Senior