December 4, 2015

Collegiate Perspective: A Day in the Life of an Alpha Phi


We can all relate to that moment when we first peeled open our bid cards. Only the noise of our too-fast heartbeat was flowing through our ears, and our smile couldn’t contain the joy we were feeling as we saw those beautiful letters on the other side of that envelope. At that moment in time, we all wanted to be the best Alpha Phi we could. We wanted to hold a leadership position and  have both a little and big sister in the chapter. We knew we finally found home. The day of initiation came and with the looks of hope on our faces as the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, we couldn’t help but think, “How did I get so lucky?” The second that golden pin pierced our clothes we made a choice. We chose to hold ourselves to higher standards and to be the best version of ourselves each and every day. 

As we move along in the journey of college and all it entails, we can lose sight of why we are here and who we have chosen to be. Sometimes we overlook that we are all here for a reason, and because of this reason, we must carry on each day being the best Alpha Phi we can be. No matter the circumstance. We are not only representing our own image, but we are representing the face and grace of Alpha Phi.

When we wake up every morning to that way too early 7:00 a.m. alarm, drink a heaping cup of mediocre college-grade coffee and slip on our letters, we have taken the Alpha Phi oath once again. Every day that we get up in the morning as a devoted and humble member of Alpha Phi, we make a promise to not only ourselves, but to our past and future sisters. We make a promise that we will uphold and carry our traditions with honor and love. We make a promise to laugh until our stomachs hurt. We make a promise that we will be there for any sister who needs us. We make a promise to have the perfect playlist ready when necessary. We make a promise that we will strive to achieve the highest grades we can. We make a promise to be generous, and to not expect anything in return. We promise to fight courageously through the trials that college inevitably holds; and we promise to do it with dignity and hope for the future. We promise to allow the love of Alpha Phi to pour into our hearts at times of sorrow and times of joy. We make a promise to work tirelessly to become the best women we can be. 

I vividly remember a classmate asking me, “What is a typical day as an Alpha Phi?” I figured it was a simple answer but the second I opened my mouth, no words came out. I struggled to find the answer, searching in the archives of my brain for a description. How can you describe the relationships with people who have become like family? How can you show them the wild adventure you are on? How can you put into words the thing that has made you happier than you ever could have imagined? A true “Day in the Life” is hard to describe. It is impossible to predict a day in the life of an Alpha Phi because each day is different from the last. And will be different from the next. Each day is ultimately a brand new adventure with brand new memories and brand new stories. 

When I finally responded to her, I said, “It is absolutely amazing.” That was the word that came to mind. Amazing. Life as an Alpha Phi is nothing short of amazing. I truly don’t know how to describe a day in the life because there aren’t words to describe it. But I do know this; any day spent as an Alpha Phi, is better than any ordinary day. Any day spent with my best friends, staying up way too late and eating junk food at hours that I shouldn’t be eating junk food at, is a day well spent. A day in the life as an Alpha Phi is unpredictable, except for the fact that each and every day is full of one thing; pure happiness.

Rylee Portman is a collegiate member at Northern Colorado (Delta Gamma). Learn more about Rylee by clicking here.



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