Hi! I'm Michelle Nguyen and I'm honored to represent Phi Sigma Rho at UC Santa Barbara. Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority dedicated for women in engineering and science. We understand the difficulties of these studies and focus on creating a supportive and social community for women in these disciplines. Our sorority is committed to sisterhood, high academic standards, and philanthropic endeavors. Phi Rho sisters support each other through every struggle and constantly strive for academic excellence while making sure to enjoy all the adventures that Santa Barbara has to offer.
Some background about myself: I honestly never thought that I would join a sorority in college. A week long rush seemed expensive and tedious, and I knew the mocking phrase "paying for friends" from movies. I didn't want to become that person in college. And then... I actually started college. A number of my close friends from freshman year rushed and joined sororities, and I started to see the positives of sorority life. It is more than just "paying for friends," it is becoming a part of something larger, learning how to lead, and growing into your best self. I started off as a general member at the end of freshman year, and then served as the Director of Philanthropy prior to becoming President. Along the way, I have gotten the chance to meet so many amazing women, and grown so much–professionally and interpersonally. I would not be who I am today without the experiences and people that Phi Sigma Rho has provided for me. I hope for you to get the chance to do the same at UCSB, regardless of which sorority you choose to join.
However, for all the women in engineering and sciences out there, we hope that you keep us in mind when you're choosing! Phi Rho, as we like to call it for short, provides a unique sorority experience in that we are a social sorority without the large time commitment. We understand that time is precious (and unfortunately very sparse), and we focus on providing you with the typical social aspects of sorority life without the pressure of having to go to every single event. We host a small but sufficient number of social events each quarter to allow our sisters to bond with each other and with other members of Greek life. In addition to the social aspect of Phi Rho, we also support you academically and professionally throughout your college career. Our sisters study together and host professional development workshops to help each other become more successful in college. We know your studies are tough, and that college goes beyond your academics! Our sisters have provided each other opportunities for on campus research, study abroad, and professional internships.
Phi Rho is one of the best things I ever did for myself throughout college. Some of my best friends were made here, and I have grown immensely into my own role model. Each of my sisters inspires me to become a better person everyday, and knowing that I have them to support me in everything that I do means the world. Myself and many others have found their "Phi Rho Fam" in their home away from home, and I hope for you to as well. :)
Phi Rho Love,
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