I've wanted to be in a sorority ever since I was young. I remember my mom telling me about her years in her sorority and how much fun it sounded! So finally college rolls around, at first I wasn't too thrilled about attending FAU. I was content though. Within the first few days of school I've made a few good friends and became close with my fellow floormates in HPT. I then decided to give recruitment a go. My first year going through recruitment my mind wasn't in the right place so I stopped going after the first few days. Which part of me regrets because I was miserable the remainder of that year. Yes, I had great friends but I wanted something more.
Finally sophomore year rolls around, and I decided to give recruitment one last try. I finally found a home with so many amazing women! Since then my time at FAU has been nothing but great! I was given that community and group I was searching for. I'm more involved with my school and community. I have pushed myself to be the best version of myself as well. Ever since going greek I've seen myself grow as a person and friend. I wouldn't trade my experiences for anything!
Greek Life has impacted my college experience positively. I decided to go through recruitment during my freshman year because I wanted to met new people and be apart of something that I could benefit from. I have met many great people in which I can say are lifelong friends. Greek Life not only helps with time managing and important aspects pertaining to school but also allows you to share close bonds with people you can trust and confide in. Becoming part of the Greek life community has molded me into a better, well-rounded person. It is an indescribable feeling knowing that you are apart of something great and the opportunities each sorority and fraternity has helps in the future with job openings and leadership roles.
I feel that fraternity and sorority life has impacted my life in a way that no other organization could. Besides the fact that I have met a group of men and women that I will never forget, I have gained a home away from home with a group of ladies that I am able to share the same morals, values, and ritual with. I cannot relay into words how meaningful it is to share a ritual with not only the sisters in my chapter, but with sisters nationwide. With fraternity and sorority life, so many doors have opened that bring me to numerous opportunities that I would not be able to pursue without these organizations. Becoming a leader, not only within my sorority, but in the community has shaped me into a better woman in my organization and my community. I feel that it is important for all men and women to find a “home” within our Fraternity and Sorority Life here at Florida Atlantic University in order to share the same experiences I've had within these past two years!
When I started at Florida Atlantic University in Fall of 2011, I had no plans to go through recruitment, but I thought that no matter what happened that it would be a good experience for me, and little did I know that it would be the best decision of my life. Since that first day of recruitment I have met the strongest and most beautiful women that I'm blessed to call my friends, sisters, and Panhellenic sisters. Something that everyone needs in college is a strong support system, and that is exactly what Florida Atlantic Greek Life has given to me. Philanthropy is something that I have always held close to my heart, and I have maintained my involvement in the community through philanthropic efforts by supporting not just one philanthropy, but by supporting all of the Greek organizations philanthropies here at FAU and outside of FAU as well. Finding a home away from home is always something special, and not only did I find a home, but I also found family. Since joining Greek Life, I have become a better version of myself, and through that I have become a better friend and I've learned what true sisterhood is. I'm so incredibly proud to be a Greek woman, and I'm proud to be an FAU Owl! Do More, Be More, and GO GREEK!
For me, joining Greek Life was a way to break out of my shell. Being one of the few women in my high school coming to FAU, the idea of starting out new simultaneously excited and terrified me. After numerous calls and letters back home, my Dad suggested the idea of finding my place on campus through Greek
I had never had someone to call my sister before. Seeing the women who had graduated the years before me who had chosen to join Greek life proved that Panhellenic women are on an unending mission to create a well-rounded woman with great poise, responsibilities, leadership skills, and a passion for philanthropy. All of the qualities mentioned strongly appealed to me; THAT was something I wanted to be recognized for in and out of my collegiate community. Since joining Greek Life, I have taken on numerous projects, both helping and
leading, to achieve Panhellenic goals.
I have developed on my ability to address
professional matters in front of various chapters, organizational skills, time
management, ability to foresee and complete tasks given to me, as well as many
other proficiencies since finding my home in the Panhellenic community. Being
part of Greek Life has not only opened many doors for me in my collegiate years,
but has promising opportunities awaiting for me after graduation. I can
confidently say that being a Greek woman has provided me with a set of skills of
which can be used in and out of the Florida Atlantic Community as well as
Panhellenic sisters to call my own for the rest of my life. I am proud to be a
Living by the ocean my entire life made it an easy decision to apply and attend Florida Atlantic University after high school graduation. This
university has provided me with countless opportunities and amazing experiences. My favorite and most life changing experience was when I went through Panhellenic Recruitment in fall of 2012! I am so blessed and honored to have joined Alpha Xi Delta, Theta Iota Chapter at Florida Atlantic University. Having over a 100 women by my side has made the start of my college career that much more at ease. Alpha Xi Delta has guided me to strive to live by my values and to realize my potential each and every day.
I am pre-nursing major and hope to become a surgical nurse in the future. Whenever I am not studying or doing homework, I enjoy spending quality time with my sisters, family, and friends. Other aspects of my life include volunteering and helping others through service. Going to the beach, or laying out by the pool is where you can find me in my spare time. Staying active, focusing on school and my future are also big priorities in my life.
Joining Greek life has had a huge impact on my life in a positive way.
Meeting and creating new relationships with these wonderful men and women has increased my involvement on campus. Representing Alpha Xi Delta as Panhellenic Delegate and being a part of the College Panhellenic Association has been such an honor and I appreciate every moment I get out of it.
As a bookworm, fashion, fitness and epicure enthusiast, past medical response tech, and
animal lover; my interests have always been widely varied and not easily met.
I transferred to Florida Atlantic
University for my junior year all the way
from Connecticut State University in hopes of a more spirited college experience and wider
range of opportunities. I arrived with just a duffle bag and a pair of rollerblades, didn't know a soul; I thought recruitment would be a great way to meet new people and explore the social aspects of my new setting. I found my family in Theta Phi Alpha and a home away
Since then I've become an active member of the climbing club
and crossfit club here at FAU, as well as volunteering my time off
campus at the Tri-County Humane Society. I feel so lucky to have met the
wonderful ladies and gentlemen of greek life, and continued to pursue
my life-long passions of fitness and animal rights/rescue. I have
met and learned from so many wonderful people here at FAU and I have
Theta Phi Alpha and CPA to especially thank for that. I hope to travel
after college, teaching english and learning new culinary techniques
abroad before returning to the states for culinary school.
What an amazing race our Panhellenic community had yesterday! On February 24th, 2013, the CPA community came together as a unit to walk and run for the amazing organization Stand Among Friends! Shawn Friedkin, founder of Stand Among Friends teamed up with President Saunders and the rest of the FAU community to promote such an amazing cause! Stand Among Friends serves as a non-profit organization, that embraces the differences of those who are physically disabled. Shawn Friedkin states, "this organization gives abilites to those who feel they are disabled", which is such an amazing cause within itself Shawn! We thank you Mr. Friedkin and President Saunders, for inviting the CPA community to be apart of something much bigger than itself and to embrace unity not only among us, but among all differences as well! CPALove!
Each year, Florida Atlantic University hosts a Winter Immersion Trip during winter break, to aid habitat for humanity and to provide community service to broken communities. This year, the Greek Community visited New Orleans, Louisiana! One of our very own Panhellenic sisters explains her experience at the habitat for humanity site, and how example is the only form of leadership!
Example. The Only Form of Leadership.
My name is Faryn Kushner. I am a junior and a proud sister of Delta Phi Epsilon from Florida Atlantic University.
Today was our third day on the Habitat for Humanity site. As each day progresses we get more comfortable with our new routine and each other. Immersing ourselves within New Orleans seemed difficult before the trip began, but as we spend more time here, it almost seems natural. The day was spent mostly installing windows and re-enforcing the interior walls of the house. Something we've all come to appreciate from working with the Habitat crew is that they encourage us to do things we never thought we could be capable of, and if they aren't done correctly the first time, it isn't a serious issue. They treat all of us with respect and give us the responsibility of building something that will house a family one day; which is more responsibility and paradoxically less pressure than most of us have ever experienced. It has shown us all the important lesson of "not sweating the small stuff" that we allow ourselves to become frustrated by very often. I had a lot of difficulty removing a nail from a incorrectly placed beam and when I has asked the Habitat crew member for help, he told me, "You can do this, practice makes perfect" and sure enough, after a few tries I did. Encouraging us as individuals to move forward when given the chance has shown us this week that we can accomplish anything if we try.
Tonight's discussion focused on Congruence; the more developed version of Consciousness of Self. Congruence is not only identifying ones personal values, beliefs, attitudes and emotions but acting consistently with them. Many people identified this as an important issue that they see others and themselves sometimes struggle with. Many values that were discussed included justice, knowledge, service, tolerance, scholarship, passion, loyalty, character and personal growth. As we are working on this house in a community different than our own, and living with 23 individuals from all around the United States, we have reflected on our values numerous times; and were given sound advice to look toward our ritual if we ever feel lost, because it is the ever trusting compass that always points to the true north. Martin Luther King once said, "We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service and the relationship to humanity." We discussed that this occurs because salaries and possessions are tangible things, and unfortunately you cannot always see all of the great service someone has completed. Service is beyond a fulfilling and rewarding experience and it should not be a rare occurrence, because regardless of the size, it still makes an impactful change, much larger than imagined. We spoke about how crucial it is to be congruent with our values, because we are all leaders within our organizations and throughout our Greek community. In the beginning of the trip we were asked to give up one thing we could live without for the week, to help us immerse in the culture of those affected by hurricane Katrina, and tonight we were asked to give up another item until the end of our trip. This week has shown me how much we all take for granted, and how sometimes we can be unappreciative of the conveniences we are given. The students on the trip participated in an activity where we were each given cards that had values on them. Some were good, some were bad and some were relative. We got into 5 groups of 4 and became and island, where we decided to either vote people off, join another island or vote on a new member of the island. It helped all of us realize that islands with inhabitants who possess motivating and awesome values could progress to no bounds, but ones with too many discouraging values could hinder their growth. A very wise Theta Chi once shared his favorite quote by Albert Einstein with me, "example is not a form of leadership, it is the only form." In order to lead an organization so that the best values are the ones that your members will focus on, you must lead by example through congruence.