Hi! I’m Jenna and I’m honored to be president of Gamma Phi Beta at UCSB. When I arrived at UCSB, I wasn’t sure if being in a sorority was for me. My parents weren’t in Greek life and I didn’t know much about it except for the negative things that I had seen in movies. Some of my friends were doing it and my parents encouraged me to try it out, so I tentatively signed up for recruitment and decided I was going to “trust the process” as everyone loves to say. During recruitment I was blown away by the incredible women I talked to in each house and the negative stereotypes I held were replaced by positive ones. I knew I wanted to join the Panhellenic community but was unsure about which house until I came to Gamma Phi Beta. Immediately, I was shocked by how comfortable I already felt— it was really fun getting to know women in other houses but at Gamma Phi I felt like I already knew them. Now three years later, I truly could not imagine my life without Gamma Phi Beta and my amazing sisters.
Gamma Phi Beta was founded in 1874 by four women who wanted to carve out a place for women seeking educational opportunities in a male-dominated world. I believe that having sisters to turn to when things get rough is now more important than ever. Our sorority’s motto is to “Inspire the Highest Type of Womanhood” which means that we try to push one another to be the best person that we can be. Whether that means late night study seshes in our chapter room or waking each other up at 6:30AM to volunteer for IV Elementary’s annual Walk to School Day, we always try to push each other to improve. For me, Gamma Phi has been a place where I am lifted up and that I can truly be myself.
Gamma Phi has helped become much more confident in myself and what I can do. It has become more than a place but a home where I have grown as a leader, as a student, and as a person. My sisters and the incredible network of alumnae that serve as volunteers and mentors have been right there with me every step of the way— encouraging me to push myself while being there to pick me up when I fall.
I hope that you too can find your home away from home at UCSB. The advice I would give someone considering going through recruitment would be to go into it with your whole heart and without any preconceived ideas of how it is going to be. I can’t wait to meet you!
Girl's on the Run
House Capacity: 52
New Member: F/W/S:$1,342/$1,117/$822
Live-in: F/W/S: $2,980/$3,025/$2,905
Live-out: F/W/S: $897/$942/$822
New Member Cost Includes: International Membership Fee, International Facility Fee, Local Facility Fee, Badge, and all Live-out Costs
Live-in Cost Includes: Rent for suite, International and Chapter Dues, Liability Insurance, Billhighway Fees, Catered Monday night dinners
Live-out Cost Includes: Non-resident building upkeep, International and Chapter Dues, Liability Insurance, Billhighway Fees, Catered Monday night dinners
Payment Methods: Billhighway – Check, eCheck, Credit/Debit Card
Payment Plan: Quarterly or monthly payments