Hello! My name is Halli Henry and I am the current president of the Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi at Washburn University.
Going through recruitment was something I never ever considered doing. My freshman roommate somehow talked me into it, and my life has not been the same since. I think it is important to know that I can very much enjoy being a homebody, someone who wouldn’t typically reach out for new friends but am rather okay with my small friend group. Becoming a part of the Greek community has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone in the best way possible.
Alpha Phi has helped me notice my own potential and helped me find the self-confidence I have always dreamed of. It has gifted me some of the most amazing opportunities and memories. No matter what I have going on, I have a sister there to either congratulate me, encourage me, or lend me their shoulder to cry on. I have watched my sisters and myself excel academically, in leadership, and in developing their character. We take great pride in our philanthropic and sisterhood events and all of the relationships built.
We at Alpha Phi know that coming to college is typically a terrifying step in life, but it is also just the beginning of all of the great things you will get to do for your future. Each one of our members has taken that scary step and in doing so decided to join Alpha Phi, and by doing so are participating in some of the best parts of not only their college careers, but their lives.
Looking back on myself as a freshman, not only did I never think I would join any form of Greek life, but never imagined having any sort of leadership position. Here I am now, a sophomore president with a completely different life than before. I came to college thinking I needed to follow the path I always thought I would and just go into the program I thought I needed. After meeting so many new people and being opened up to new ideas, I switched my major and am now beyond excited for my future. I would not be on the path I am now and would not be the woman I am if not for being surrounded by so many amazing women.
Just remember to always be yourself and follow your heart. Don’t close yourself off to new opportunities because of fear. I have learned first hand that you grow the most outside of your comfort zone.
2020 Chapter President