Gamma Phi Beta: my second home in Athens

When thinking about my favorite place in Athens, my first thought was the best bars and special food places. As I thought about this longer, I realized the reason I love being uptown is because of the people I see when I’m there. This quickly changed my favorite place in Athens to the Gamma Phi Beta house. The best way to describe why is because it is a second home. Although I do not live in the sorority house, it is a place I can be myself with all of my friends.

Gamma Phi Beta big-little reveal, Photo by Allison Divens

Being able to have access to a house with multiple rooms is awesome. When I’m at the house I have the option to spend time in many of my friends’ rooms, be in the living room to relax or go hang out in the movie room. As I’ve learned the movie room is an excellent place to take a nap, which is a plus if I’m having a long day or there’s people in my dorm room.

My dorm room can be small and crowded at times. I have never been a homebound person, even when I lived in a spacious house with three other people. The past two years of living in a small room with three other people only makes me want to be out and about even more than before. In a way, the house is going somewhere else and an escape.  

Another fun room in the house is the kitchen. At most times during the day I know I can go downstairs to the kitchen and find many of my friends hanging out or doing homework. For me, it’s really nice to have others working on projects and being productive and caring about their academics. This motivates me to be better, and it’s fun at the same time. Also, I get some free meals each week at the house. This is always a perk, especially when I’m tired of dining hall foods but too broke to buy real food!

Another reason the Gamma Phi house is my favorite place on campus is because I know I will always be laughing there. I enjoy my time alone, but I’m very much a people person. While at the house, I have the opportunity to be a part of a family and hear all about my friends’ lives. Someone always has a funny story to tell about their professors or something hilarious about one of our friends.

I enjoy being at the house because there’s also a craft room where we can go to hang out and do projects or arts and crafts. I will be honest and admit that I may be one of the least crafty people ever, but I enjoy learning how to be better and try new things. At the house, we do many bonding activities. These can include anything from game night to watching The Bachelor or even decorating cookies.

Gamma Phi Beta philanthropy event, Photo by Abby Hagelberger

Finally, the Gamma Phi Beta house is my favorite place in Athens because I have the ability to grow as a person and bond with so many greats women that I can call some of my best friends. There’s a wide range of individuals who guide me and give me the advice I need to be the best version of myself.

At the end of the day, there’s always excitement and happiness in the house. It doesn’t matter if we’re hosting bid day or hanging out in pajamas eating Chipotle because I know that either way I will enjoy my time I spend there.

What you need to know about formal sorority recruitment

Deciding whether or not to join a sorority during college is something that a lot of young women struggle with. This is a breakdown of what to expect if you sign up for formal sorority recruitment here at Ohio University. This guide will take you through some common questions and concerns that freshman women have about the process. You will hear from sorority women from all different backgrounds and affiliations.

 

As of Fall 2015, Ohio University has ten social sororities on campus.
As of Fall 2015, Ohio University has ten social sororities on campus.

You can find a link to all ten sororities’ websites here!

A few things you should know before we get started, is that you will have a Rho Gamma throughout all of the recruitment process to help you.

A Rho Gamma is a carefully selected counselor for women participating in recruitment. They are an unbiased volunteer guide that takes incoming participants step-by-step through the process. They are there to answer any questions you may have and support you during this very exciting time. They work closely with the Women’s Panhellenic Association which governs sororities on campus.

Now let’s hear first hand from a young woman who has a hand in planning recruitment.

It’s important to note that formal recruitment may not be for everyone, and that’s okay! If after going through a few rounds you decide it’s not your thing, it is perfectly fine to withdrawal from the recruitment process. Hopefully you met a few new people along the way.

Let’s go over some FAQ’s that freshmen women ask about recruitment.

It’s natural to have worries and doubts about this new experience. Don’t be afraid to ask your Rho Gamma anything! It’s her job to make sure you have a fun and comfortable recruitment experience.

Now let’s hear about the benefits a few sorority women have gained from their organizations.

Each woman has a unique experience within her organization. No two chapters are alike, and that’s what makes Greek Life so amazing. As long as you follow your heart, you will end up exactly where you’re supposed to be. You don’t need to be intimidated, because these women want to get to know the real you and make connections with potential future sisters.

For more information, or to register for formal sorority recruitment, visit Ohio University’s Greek Life page.

Also, follow their Twitter handle for updates on what’s happening in the Greek community.

Good luck with your decision, and we hope to see you in the fall!

An inside look at OHIO University’s fraternities

Greek life is often associated with multiple different stereotypes, but that shouldn’t stop students from rushing a fraternity or sorority. To clear up the labels and confusion, I chatted with five fraternity members here at Ohio University about what it’s really like to rush and what guys can expect from being in Greek life.

First, let’s meet the brothers:

Also worth knowing: why did they truly want to pledge a fraternity?

One of the common stereotypes associated with fraternities is that frat guys aren’t very intelligent.
How difficult are their majors, and how much are they actually hitting the books?

Paying fraternity dues= paying for friends… right? Let’s see what the guys had to say about that one.

People also often say that the only things fraternities care about is drinking and partying. Is that really so?

Last but not least, they shared some insight and advice for guys who may want to rush a fraternity.