This is Tovi.
Not in a million years did I ever think I would attend a school as big as UBC, join a sorority, or even be a leader in my community. My first couple of days at UBC was great, until the end of my first week of classes when my dad got severely hurt in a house fire. Throughout my first term, I spent most of my time in class and then coming straight home to either study or straight to the hospital to see him and support him. It is true what they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and this experience has definitely shown me this.
Once joining my sorority, I knew that I wanted to be apart of something bigger, to do my part in my corner of the world to make it a better place. After only a short few months, I joined UBC Sororities Panhellenic Council. It has been said, that you love Panhel or you don’t, I’m one of the ones who loves it. Since my first year at UBC, I finally picked my major (after way too long), served in leadership roles not only within my sorority but also on Panhellenic Council and worked approximately 20 hours each week as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Through my last 3 years as an undergrad, I have had many success and many failures. Some of my most proud moments have been through my sorority.
Last year, I was UBC Sororities Panhellenic Vice President Recruitment. I spent tireless hours preparing for our week and a half recruitment process. With the help of my advisors, and fellow council members, we pulled off the biggest sorority recruitment in Canada to date. On the last day of recruitment, I was so overwhelmed and tired that when the first group of new members ran into the arms of their new sisters I definitely cried a tiny bit. Seeing that I had helped approximately 290 girls find their home away from home at UBC made me incredibly proud. The women not only in my sorority but all the women in UBC Sororities have definitely helped shape me into the woman that I am today.
Now, nearing the end of my term as UBC Sororities Panhellenic President, there a few things that I have definitely learned from this experience. One is that being a president of such an amazing organization, I have learned more than any university class will ever teach me. I have learned tangible skills that can be applied “real world” and two, to always follow your dreams. Being in a sorority has taught me the self-confidence that I never would have had otherwise. And being a leader in my community has given me an opportunity to give back to the women who were there before me and the women who have helped me get to where I am today. I hope that one day I can inspire a woman, much like myself 3 years ago, to strive for what she believes in and to follow her dreams.