Hello there! Welcome to Pi Beta Phi at Arizona State University. My name is Amanda Wade, and I am the very proud Chapter President. I am thankful every day that I found my home in Pi Beta Phi and continue to find myself to be so humbled and excited to serve in this position. We are thrilled to have you here and encourage you to take a look around to see what it’s like to be a Pi Phi at ASU!
As I am wrapping up my Junior year, I look back at my memories and experiences that my membership in Pi Beta Phi has provided me with, and I am so lucky to have shared my most favorite memories with my sisters, future brides’ maids and most importantly, my chapter. I would have never thought that a sorority could provide me with this much love, fulfillment, and pride.
My passion for Pi Phi shines through as I am able to share my love and appreciation that has grown for this chapter over the last three years. Pi Phi is more than just an organization for me, it truly has transformed me, and I can't thank Pi Phi enough for helping me become a better daughter, sister, friend, leader, and woman. Pi Phi has helped me gain leadership skills, serve the community, and find the best friends that I could ever ask for. Our chapter prides itself on our close sisterhood, a supportive community, which is something that extends far beyond our college years.
For those of you transitioning from High School and are looking to go Greek here at ASU, let me give you a glimpse of where I was, sitting in the position that you were in, just three years ago:
I grew up in Arizona and went to High School not too far from ASU. As I decided to spend my college career at ASU, I felt lucky that I would be so close to home, that I would still be close to my best friends, my family, and my favorite people. I felt fortunate that I wouldn’t have to go through finding new friends because, at the time, I wasn’t the biggest fan of change or stepping out of my comfort zone. My best friends are people that I was proud to be friends with. They are smart, ambitious; the list could go on. Of course, when you have friends as great and as accomplished as them, that came along with their huge aspirations, those aspirations meant leaving the state for college. Suddenly, I was left feeling as though I was the one going out of state too. The people I spent almost my whole life with wouldn’t be there to experience the wonders of college next to me, and so that feeling that I tried so hard to avoid, that dreaded change was coming, and it was coming fast. So, as soon as I moved into my dorm my freshman year, I decided to sign up for Formal Sorority Recruitment to meet new people, to try to find new friends as I’m sure you are thinking about doing as well. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty hesitant of this process, and I didn’t know what to expect. Nevertheless, I went through the process and fell in love with Pi Phi. I met women that reminded me so much of my friends back home, women that I aspired to be. I knew I found the women that I wanted to experience college with, to make memories with, to spend the best days of my life with and I’m sure if you get a chance to talk to any ASU Pi Phi, they would say the same.
To say that I never thought that a sorority would change my life in ways that it has is an understatement. Being a Pi Phi, and sorority woman, in general, is so much more than the matching outfits and the bouncing and clapping. It’s the lifelong friendships; it’s the smile on the children’s faces when we give them their first ever book to take home thanks to our amazing philanthropy, it’s the sisterhood events that we will remember forever, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
To say that I am living currently living my best days is an understatement. I constantly hear that my mother and her friends say “these are the best days of your life, days that you will never forget even when you’re 20+ years out of college.” It is so rewarding to know that right here, right now, I can owe all my favorite days, all of my favorite memories to Pi Beta Phi.
If you’re at all familiar with the show, The Office, Andy Bernard once said: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” Thanks to Pi Phi, I know that right now is my good old days.
My only wish is for all to be able to have to the opportunity to experience something as equally as amazing as Pi Beta Phi. If there is one thing that I have learned over the years, it is that nobody regrets their decision to go Greek or Go Pi Phi.
I invite you to browse our website and get to know what Pi Phi all is about! I look forward to meeting you all!
Pi Phi Love and Mine,