Hi, my name is Frances Befort and I am the president of Alpha Phi at Washburn University. I am excited to serve Alpha Phi and lead the chapter. I joined Alpha Phi as a freshman where I found a home and place to be myself throughout my college career. My sisters in Alpha Phi have given me continuous support and I know the friendships that I have made will last for life.
When I came to Washburn, as a Topekan, I knew I wanted to meet new people and be involved in campus life. I decided to sign up for recruitment the summer before my freshman year and I was excited for the opportunity. Going through the process, I met so many nice women that I had a lot in common with. I enjoyed recruitment, I enjoyed touring the houses and learning the unique qualities of each chapter. However, I quickly found myself looking forward to visiting Alpha Phi and I saw a similarity between myself and the women of Alpha Phi. During recruitment, a current member said that Alpha Phi was a community of “women supporting other women”. As a member, I can see what she meant. Everyday, I am met with the support of my sisters, whether its studying together, laughing together, or supporting each other through tough times. I am fortunate to be surrounded with so many wonderful and unique sisters.
Alpha Phi has given me so many opportunities to grow and learn. My sisters have reminded me that college is a time to work hard and do well in school, but also to take time to be a young person and to have new experiences. I have enjoyed my time at Washburn, but my time as an Alpha Phi has made my college experience so much more memorable and impactful on my life.