When I came to the University of Illinois I knew I wanted -- and needed -- to find my niche among the thousands of students who attend school here. My first semester on campus I joined a social sorority. While I loved living with other girls and getting to know them better, I was looking to meet students with the same passion I had for business. It didn't take very long for me to find out about these 4 Business Fraternities on campus. I rushed second semester was delighted to accept my bid to Phi Gamma Nu!
I can't believe it was already 4 semesters ago since I joined Phi Gamma Nu (PGN) in Spring 2010. I knew I was joining an incredible organization, the people I had met during the recruiting process were interesting, driven and many of them already had internships and full-time offers with an entire semester left before summertime. It didn’t take long for me to start feeling comfortable within my new fraternity. I attended weekly pledge meetings with my pledge brothers and went on a pledge retreat with the executive board. PGN gave me so much in such a short period of time. Whether we were at the United Center cheering on the Bulls, camping, ice skating, cleaning up local high ways or raising money for members who feel connected to various philanthropic organizations – there has never been a dull moment in PGN. One of the things I love about my business fraternity is that we really do have FUN together. We learn from each other and share our professional experiences, but we really do have a great time along the way. As cheesy as it may sound, we really are a family – and that’s what makes these business fraternities on campus so special.
The rush process can be a little intimidating, but I assure you if you go in with a positive attitude, you’ll get through it! There are three different stages, the first one is an interview, the second is social and the third is a final interview. I like that there are multiple stages -- you can meet the most amount of actives and really get to know the organization so you can make an informed decision if this is something you would really want to be a part of.
I encourage each of you to get involved in a business organization like mine when you come to campus. Go to info night and see for yourself how amazing these fraternities and clubs can be. PGN is full of members who are truly dedicated to bettering one another. I currently serve on the executive board of PGN and it is my honor to give back to an organization that has given me so much over the past two years. If you have any questions about rushing a business fraternity or joining any of the business organizations on campus feel free to comment or shoot me an email!