When I first came to UCSB, I was so excited to be attending my dream school. Although I didn't think sorority life would be for me-- based on the stereotypes and movies I had seen and believed were true-- my parents made me rush. During the recruitment process I was struck by the incredible and interesting women I met at all the houses on our campus and how different everyone was than how I imagined. I felt overwhelmed but energized with all the women I talked to-- but it wasn't until House Tours at Gamma Phi that I knew I had found my home. All my conversations at Gamma Phi, but particularly one with a graduated member named Ashley, shattered the negative stereotypes I had been holding onto, and I knew I had to join this group of phenomenal women. Now three years in, I constantly find myself pushed to be my best self and inspired by my sisters-- women who I know without a shadow of doubt are there for me. Gamma Phi's mission statement is "Inspiring the highest type of womanhood" and I truly believe that through our sisterhood events, study hours, community service, and leadership opportunities we fulfill it each and everyday.