Welcome to the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta! My name is Sofia Santos and I am the current Chapter President at the University of British Columbia.
As I started at UBC in 2015 as a shy, introverted, first-year student, I never imagined that my life would turn out how it has today through my involvement in Gamma Phi. I was incredibly nervous to be attending a university of 50,000 students where it seemed like you were just another face in the crowd. However, I took a chance on the process of formal recruitment with UBC Sororities and was so lucky to find my home in Gamma Phi Beta. I really can’t imagine my university experience without it.
While going through formal recruitment I instantly knew when I stepped foot into the Gamma Phi room that I could be my authentic self with these women. I found myself in an organization where unconditional love was a given, not a request. I saw the potential of growing into a confident woman of character and knew that not only my chapter, but the whole Panhellenic community, would support me every step of the way. I was ready to aspire to the highest type of womanhood, and was surrounded by role models that were going to help me reach that point.
Being from a suburb merely an hour outside of Vancouver, I never would have guessed that some of my closest friends would be from places as far away as Hong Kong, Norway, England, or Shanghai. But I was so lucky to have found a group of diverse women, all who had something unique to bring to the chapter. That being said, it’s hard to imagine that a group of girls from such different backgrounds could come together to form a sisterhood as strong as ours. But, in reality, we all share the four core values of Love, Labour, Learning, and Loyalty, that bring us together to be the group that we are today.
I feel incredibly lucky to have found my home with Gamma Phi and feel fortunate to have a group of the most amazing sisters. Whether you find your home with us in Gamma Phi Beta, or in another organization, I wish you the best of luck in your journey with UBC Sororities.
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Lambda Chapter