September 13, 2011

Collegiate Perspective: My Sister, My Friend

Part 1 in the Values Series: Sisterhood

As Alpha Phis we value sisterhood, service, scholarship, leadership, loyalty and character development. In the midst of recruitment season, sisterhood might be our most important value.

Potential new members might be looking to gain leadership skills or raise awareness for a certain philanthropy, but most importantly, they’re looking for a place to call home. How do we show our new members how important sisterhood is to us? 

According to our Purpose, “…We seek to aid each other through a constant watchcare always given in love.” As Alpha Phis, we hold each other accountable for our actions. As sisters, we hold each other to high standards and push one another to reach our highest potential. I believe this is a crucial part of our sisterhood. 

The Big/Little Sis relationship allows the new members to
have a role model ofAlpha Phi standards and values. 

“I believe in it as a shrine of international sisterhood wherein I may find love and loyalty, sympathy and understanding, inspiration and opportunity” (Alpha Phi Creed). Within the Alpha Phi sisterhood, you will always have a smile waiting to greet you, a shoulder to cry on and someone to help you get back up when you fall down. Because we are an International sisterhood, we have thousands of sisters all over the United States and Canada with whom we share this special bond.

Sisters from all over the U.S. and Canada instantly
bonded at Alpha Phi’s Emerging Leaders Institute.
Ways to LIVE Sisterhood:

Coffee date with an alumna 
Become a pen-pal with of our international sisters
Make a door decoration or small Alpha Phi gift for a sister going through a hard time
Study together
Attend sisterhoods
Inspire each other to be better and do better
Take a new member to lunch or a movie
Support your sister
Trust your sisters
Believe in your sisters

Through the simple actions of living our sisterhood value and holding each other accountable, we are truly “growing stronger with time, like the ivy that twines.”

Ashliegh Jarzenski is a collegiate member at Ashland University (Epsilon Alpha).

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