I think that being a New Member is one of the most exciting, and sometimes
overwhelming, times during someone’s years in a sorority. From getting a Bid, to finding out who your big is, to initiation, you learn so much so quickly throughout the New Member Education process.
While I was a New Member, I saw how so many other women led my chapter and served the Panhellenic community in different ways, and I knew that it was something I wanted to do. Shortly after being initiated, I became an assistant to the New Member Educator, and then went on to become Gamma Phi Beta’s New Member Educator for the Spring ‘22 and Fall ‘22 classes.
Even though as New Member Educator I am teaching others, it has taught me a lot, as well. I’ve learned how to be organized, patient, and how to lead others. This experience has shaped me into who I am now, and I would not trade it for anything.
Since becoming a part of Gamma Phi Beta’s New Member Education process, I’ve been able to watch so many women grow in our chapter which has truly been one of the best experiences of my life. Watching New Members run home on Bid day, excited and hopeful, and then watching them officially be welcomed into our sisterhood at initiation 5 weeks later has been my favorite moment of being a Gamma Phi. I know that our New Members will continue to grow and lead our chapter in new and powerful ways throughout their years as women in the Panhellenic community, and I am so excited to see all of the amazing things they accomplish.
Audrey Butler, Gamma Phi Beta NME ‘21-’22