February 15, 2017

Manifestations of Alpha Phi's Values

The formal recruitment process at Florida State University is, as it should be, values based. At recruitment parties, it is common for potential Panhellenic women to ask the question: “What are your values?” Because of this question, and with the mnemonic device “S3L2C” I can respond with the answer “sisterhood, scholarship, service, leadership, loyalty, and character” as if it were a reflex.

This list of core values is empowering and holds each Alpha Phi to a higher standard while shaping an identity that connects all Alpha Phi sisters universally. It is one thing to tell someone what you value and it is quite another to show them. Fortunately, Alpha Phi’s values manifest themselves in events, outside-the-box activities and the individual role models in every single chapter across the United States and Canada.

Joining a sorority means joining a sisterhood—a true union between diverse women that is deeper than friendship. Some women who join Alpha Phi have never had a sister, while others have never had hundreds of them. Either way, Alpha Phi women treasure the value of sisterhood and honor it with acts of kindness, dependability, love and support. As all sisters are loyal to what Alpha Phi stands for, they are each loyal to one another.

During the recruitment process, I found my first role model in Alpha Phi. Then I found another on the soccer field, and another during my morning routine as I got ready for Spanish each day. Role models inspire you to be better for yourself and one another. At Alpha Phi, there are strong women taking the time to empower others and foster character development in every single member.

Alpha Phi offers the opportunity to take on many leadership positions internally. Each woman can be a committee member, chair, delegate, vice president or even president. Additionally, sisters are seen leading externally on campus and in the community because they are working on being the best versions of themselves, giving back and being mentors to like-minded women.

Sometimes college may seem like fun and games because of date functions and socials, but each Alpha Phi attends college to achieve higher education and prepare for success. This is why scholarship is so vital. We hold each other accountable for academics—in my chapter alone there are future doctors and engineers that the world desperately needs. We all need to help them succeed. You will often find sisters on coffee runs, studying together in the common rooms and testing each other with flashcards right before chapter meetings.

Service is a value Alpha Phi women hold close to their hearts. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. The women in every chapter dedicate themselves to funding education, research, outreach and technological advancement for heart disease through Alpha Phi Foundation and American Heart Association. We practice on global and local scales—Alpha Phi at Florida State University has close ties with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital which has an entire wing to honor that relationship. I am proud to say that each sister in my chapter has taken a class for hands only CPR, so whether they have already been personally affected by heart complications in their lives or not, they will be able to act quickly and with confidence to save a life.

Sisterhood, scholarship, service, leadership, loyalty and character are universal values that each Alpha Phi has the opportunity to understand more fully. What is so incredible is that we get to know and understand these values by looking into the hearts, minds and faces of sisters. For example, when I look at my little, I see a natural-born leader seizing every opportunity that comes her way and when I look at my  roommate, I see true sisterhood as she drops everything just to help a sister in need. Collectively, the sisters in Alpha Phi manifest all of the values. Together, we can inspire others to hold themselves to higher standards and make a difference in this world. 

Sydney Stelter is a member of the Gamma Phi chapter at Florida State University. To read more about her, click here.

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