During the spring semester of my freshman year, I joined the Gamma Psi sorority. I never considered myself a “sorority girl,” but I chose Gamma Psi because I had gotten to know a lot of the current members. They were all so kind, fun to be around and cared just as much about the events they were planning as they did about their schoolwork.
I also really enjoyed the activities they were involved in on campus and in the local community. I would see members of Gamma Psi all sitting together in the dining hall and participating in and hosting campus events, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of a group of such close-knit student leaders.
Joining Gamma Psi was one of the best decisions I have made because it has provided me with the opportunity to be involved in numerous activities on campus. Gamma Psi has also given me a group of lifelong friends who are extremely dependable.
Gamma Psi is a local sorority that was founded in 1995. A lot of current members still stay in touch with our founders, which just goes to show you how passionate Young Harris students and alumni are about the College and the organizations they are involved in.
I rushed Gamma Psi with eight other girls. It’s hard to believe that when we began rushing, some of us didn’t even know each other. Now, even with so much going on in our lives, we all still manage to get together and stay in touch at least once a week. We spend as much time together as possible. Even if we aren’t always able to hang out, we know if we need someone, they’ll be there in an instant to help.
In Gamma Psi, we try to be involved in all of the major events hosted by YHC. Some of these include Homecoming, Fall Fest and the Student Organization and Local Business Fair. Lots of organizations set up booths at Fall Fest with candy, crafts and games for kids in the community who come to campus to trick-or-treat before Halloween. Two years ago, we sold miniature pumpkins for attendees to decorate. It’s a great way for us to interact with our campus and local communities while making our sorority’s name known.
My favorite event Gamma Psi hosts at YHC is the Tacky Christmas Sweater Dance, which takes place at the end of the first semester. Students come dressed in silly Christmas ensembles and dance to holiday favorites. There’s always a big turn out since it’s one of the last events for students to see each other before winter break starts.
We also do philanthropy work for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. One October, we sold pink hair extensions to students who wanted to show their support for breast cancer awareness month. It was really awesome to see people walking around campus with the extensions in, and we were able to donate more than half of the proceeds to the foundation.
In addition to Gamma Psi, I was chosen to be a “sweetheart” in a local fraternity, Alpha Xi. I love having both a group of sisters and brothers who I can always count on. These are two truly unique Greek organizations, and I am blessed and honored to be a part of them. If you’re interested in Greek life, it’s important to explore all of your options and find which fraternity or sorority fits you best. Greek life is a great way to be more involved on campus and can give you the opportunity to gain leadership skills.
Being in Gamma Psi and Alpha Xi is like having family away from home. Both organizations have enhanced my YHC experience—each group has so much to offer. It’s a bond that lasts forever with lifelong friends.
Until next week,