Hi! My name is Bella Barney and I am the Vice President of Recruitment for the Zeta Xi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega.
I came to UNCG as an “out of stater” knowing that I wanted to go through recruitment and find my home away from home! I remember it as if it was yesterday. I was unsure of what was to come the first night. This anxious, hopeful freshman girl stood behind Alpha Chi Omega’s doors on Sisterhood Night and instantly felt welcomed; I felt like I knew the girls already. I could just relax, take a deep breath, and picture myself as a part of the community. Almost immediately I knew I wanted to be surrounded by the strong women in that room, not only in my four years at UNCG, but also throughout my life. By the time Preference Round was over, I was so excited to pledge Alpha Chi!
The girls in this chapter have passion like no other for being involved, dedicated, and willing contributors who invest time into our community. I would choose any day to join the sisterhood of Alpha Chi Omega over and over again. I feel greater love today for my sisters than I ever thought possible; maybe even more than I did going through recruitment.
Through Alpha Chi, I have found my support system and many of my closest friends. The girls in this chapter constantly push each other to be the best versions of ourselves. We build each other up. We take “Women Supporting Women” seriously and I can't imagine college without these kickass ladies by my side. Alpha Chi is my team and I am blessed to be surrounded by women who inspire me daily. Trust me when I say there is always someone to hold your hand during hard times, give you encouragement before a test, provide advice on classes, be down for a Ben & Jerry’s run, or a coffee and homework date in the library. My sisters have been there for me throughout all the phases of college.
As a senior looking back on my decision to go through recruitment my freshman year, I am nothing but grateful. Because of it, I found a home in Alpha Chi Omega. I stepped out of my comfort zone and just went for it, and it has been the most rewarding experience. If there is anything I would encourage you to do, it is that you explore what going Greek may have in store for you. Joining the Panhellenic community is full of opportunity no matter where you call “home.”