The New Member Experience
becoming apart of something bigger than yourself
"This past spring, I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I chose Barcelona because I had visited 6 years’ prior with my family and dreamed of going back to experience the vibrant and modern culture of such a unique city. I was enrolled into one of Barcelona’s largest universities, la University Autonomy de Barcelona where I studied international business. There, I was able to improve my Spanish speaking and writing skills while also learning different business techniques of international businesses.
The city of Barcelona really has it all; its filled with history, art, food, nightlife, and the best beaches. I would do anything to go back and have endless tapas dishes.
During my time abroad, I traveled to 7 different countries all with my best friends. On each trip I was in awe learning about the different cultures, meeting new people, and having experiences that made me more globally aware.
My time in Barcelona was so special to me because it really changed my perspective on the world and exposed me to immersing myself in different cultures. I recommend a semester abroad in any country, not just to Barcelona to anyone that can go. Studying abroad was truly one of the best four months of my life. I miss it so much and would do anything to be back again."
The second I walked into Alpha Phi, I immediately felt at home. I was surrounded by genuine, smart, and kind women who share the same values as I do.
Every girl that I spoke to during recruitment knew how to maintain balance of working hard to be successful while still enjoying life and having fun. It was clear to me that every Maryland Alpha Phi would do anything for the sister sitting next to them. I know that every one of my sisters will push me to be the best version of myself and support me in anything I do.
Alpha Phi is where I found my best friends, roommates, travel companions, and more. I am so grateful to have found a place where I can be unapologetically myself. The memories I have made in Alpha Phi so far have been irreplaceable and I cant wait for a lifetime of experiences shared with my sisters!
Throughout recruitment I always had butterflies when I got to go back to Alpha Phi. Walking out of the house after sisterhood round was when I knew this place, and these girls, were my forever home! Highlighting the deep love they ave for one another and the wild fun they have while doing so, is exactly what i was looking for in a chapter. Since joining I have met my future roomates, been given amazing opportunities to get involved within the greek community and beyond, and always have a reason to smile on rainy days.
I am forever proud to be a Maryland Alpha Phi. It means more to me than I could have ever imagined, and I cannot wait to come home and see my girls in the fall.