Welcome to Alpha Lambda chapter of Gamma Phi Beta at the University of British Columbia! I am Polly Kyle and as this year’s Membership Vice President, I am delighted to welcome you to 2017 Formal Recruitment.
To begin, congratulations on your acceptance into UBC! You are about to embark on your undergraduate studies at one of the most rigorous universities in all of Canada and a top 40 university worldwide! While going to university may be an exciting time, I know it may start to feel a little overwhelming. In a school of about 55,000 students it is with confidence that I say, becoming a part of Greek Life was a great way to meet people and experience everything UBC has to offer. From the moment I joined UBC Sororities, the campus immediately felt more like my home away from home. Thanks to UBC Sororities, I was able to find a community of women that share my common values and interests. Since then, my time in Gamma Phi Beta, and in the larger Greek community, has allowed me numerous opportunities both within the organization and externally.
I moved from my home of New York City to Vancouver, not knowing a single person. That adjustment was a massive step outside of my comfort zone. It was then in my first year that I made my close group of friends who later convinced me to go through formal recruitment and I have never looked back. Through joining UBC Sororities, I was able to find the missing part of my university experience. As a member of Gamma Phi Beta, I have had the incredible opportunity to grow as a scholar, a leader, and a sister. Every single one of these incredible women have pushed me to go for leadership positions, assisted me when it came to acquiring jobs, and have always been there to constantly encourage me to be the best version of myself.
I truly knew my decision was the right one when I watched the dedication of the chapter come to life when we were awarded the Panhellenic Top Sorority of the Year. It was in this exact moment that we all knew that together under the crescent moon, we could accomplish anything set in our way. Furthermore, I saw the love, friendship, and drive that each young woman brings to the organization, which still brings the widest smile on my face. It is with that, that we look forward to meeting equally as incredible and inspiring women like you at Formal Recruitment 2017!
Membership Vice President