December 14, 2016

Collegiate Perspective: The Excitement of Being a Founding Member

Alpha Phi is an international fraternity with an impeccable sisterhood of women who support and push one another on in academics, philanthropy, personal development and more. In the fall of 2015 I had the exciting opportunity to become a founding member of the first Alpha Phi chapter at the University of North Carolina. When I made the decision to join this sisterhood I had no idea what to expect, but looking back now I know that was the best decision I could have made!

As a founding member I was thrown into a pledge class of 130 women and that only continued to grow throughout the year as our chapter participated in continuous open bidding. While at the time I only entered knowing a handful of women I have developed some incredible friendships with women I never would have known had it not been for Alpha Phi.

One of my favorite parts of being a part of a newly formed chapter was the opportunity to work closely with Alpha Phi’s Educational Leadership Consultants. Our two consultants soon became our blonde and brunette moms. Always being there for us whether it was teaching us what it truly meant to be a member of Alpha Phi or supporting us when things didn’t always go as planned. Along with their guidance we have a wonderful team of advisors and volunteers made up of alumnae who wanted to see our chapter succeed at UNC. Their support and guidance through the process of initiation and all of our “firsts” have helped the transitions be a breeze.

Another aspect of being a newly formed chapter that I think was so vital in attracting all the founding members, was the opportunity to form what Alpha Phi would be like at UNC. We are the twelfth sorority on campus and we were extremely grateful to have been warmly welcomed by our entire Greek system. Each sorority here at UNC is unique and the new ones having the ability to form its own reputation and brand has been exciting. Our chapter is made up of intelligent, passionate and fun-loving women and while we are still solidifying our “brand” we are looking forward to building upon it.

In the last year our newly formed chapter has also experienced many “firsts” and with each we have celebrated and been grateful for their success. In the beginning stages of our chapter each member was split up into committees that were eventually replaced with elected and appointed positions. These committees gave each member the opportunity to understand what goes into the different aspects of a sorority. As a member of the philanthropy committee I was able to help plan and organize our first Heart Health Week and Alpha Phifa.

While it took hard work to pull these events off they were overwhelmingly rewarding to see in action. Alpha Phifa was the first soccer tournament hosted by a Greek organization and in our first year we had almost all the fraternities and sororities on campus participating. This tournament was not only a successful philanthropy event, but also brought together each member and was a blast to coach.

Over all it’s not always easiest being a brand new chapter on campus, but for myself and I think all of my sisters, we wouldn’t trade this experience for the world!  

Mikayla Tencer is a collegiate member at the Kappa Alpha chapter at UNC Chapel Hill. To learn more about Mikayla, click here.

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