Dear Potential New Members,
Welcome to the BEST 4 years of your life! You are about to embark on a journey that is like no other. I am so excited to welcome you to the Auburn University family. My name is Sarah Kate Holland and I have the honor to serve as the Vice President of Membership and am in charge of recruitment this year. I have had the privilege to call Auburn home for the last three years and have met the best people and made the greatest memories. The next four years WILL be the best years of your life!
I went through formal recruitment in the Fall of 2016, which seems so long ago. I remember being absolutely terrified because I didn’t know what to expect. I was being pushed out of my comfort zone like I never had been before. I remember standing in line waiting for my very first party of recruitment and the sound of the excitement coming from each chapter room was like the chanting when Auburn won the “Kick Six Game.” My first party was in a chapter called Pi Beta Phi. As soon as I stepped into the room, everything that I had been worrying about immediately went away. I met girls that were from California, Virginia, Illinois and even Wisconsin. Not only was this chapter so diverse but these girls were so funny, caring, loving, accepting and my favorite trait.. genuine. In that moment, I knew that Pi Beta Phi would be my forever “home.”
There is no feeling like running home to your sisters. I have actually had the opportunity to do it twice, since I was a Recruitment Counselor for the 2018 formal recruitment. The first time I ran home, I ran home to girls with their arms wide open and ready to accept me for who I was. I remember walking into the chapter room and not knowing a single person, but it was like we had been friends for a life time. The chapter room was filled with active members, family, alumni and my new pledge class. Little did I know that the chapter room would be the scene of some of my fondest memories. Over the next couple of weeks, I formed relationships with my sisters that are unbreakable. The women of Pi Beta Phi are the girls that push me to reach my full potential, support me in everything that I do and hold me to the highest standard. During my time at Auburn, I have grown so much, but without my sisters I wouldn’t have had the consistent love and support throughout the years.
I can't explain to you how much Auburn, Pi Beta Phi and the woman of Panhellenic have shaped me into the woman I am today, but I want you to have the same opportunity. The Auburn Panhellenic community is one of the best and strongest organizations at Auburn University and I am so proud to be a member of it. Formal recruitment begins August 10thand I am looking forward to meeting all of you and personally talking with you about Pi Beta Phi. See you soon!
Pi Phi Love and Best Wishes,
Sarah Kate Holland
Vice President of Membership 2019