A new year has begun, and college campuses have come back to life again. To our sisters returning to Gamma Phi Beta, welcome home! To our new members, we are so excited to have you! College is a huge milestone, and while it can be one of the most exciting times of life, it can also be one of the scariest. The new places, new people and new things can all get overwhelming sometimes. Here are some tips to help get your feet under you in your new home.

1. Go to class.

Put all that money you pay in tuition to good use and you’ll thank yourself later. Establishing good habits from the get-go will result in better grades down the road. College campuses tend to build everything with red brick, which can get confusing when you’re trying to find your way around. If you’re having trouble finding your classes, don’t be afraid to ask a Gamma Phi! Everyone was new at this at once, and any one of your sisters would be happy to help show you around.

2. You have support.

If you ever start to feel overwhelmed, just know you’re not in this alone. When you joined our Sorority, you gained a network of women that genuinely care about you and want to see you succeed. If you need help, reach out and you’ll find sisterhood and friendships that will last a lifetime.

3. Get to know your sisters.

These are the women you are going to be living with for some of the best years of your life – take advantage of it! College is the time to let your personality shine, so don’t be afraid to be yourself. Chances are it will draw people with similar interests as you and just like that, you’ll find some of the closest, most genuine friends that will see you through thick and thin.

4. Get involved.

Explore your campus and you will find no shortage of opportunities – just find some that appeal to you! To get started, you need look no further than your own chapter to find leadership roles that will not only allow you to cultivate your skills, but also improve Gamma Phi Beta with all the wonderful qualities you have to offer.

5. Stay true to yourself.

While you may be in a place with new people, that does not mean that you have to change who you are and what you believe in. Regardless of what everyone else is doing, you are in charge of your own life and you make your own decisions. Never compromise your values for anyone, because the people that really care about you would never ask you to. Being in a sorority is not about fitting in, it’s about letting who you truly are shine and brightening your house, your community and the world!

Maria Mosman (Idaho): Maria is a sophomore studying journalism with a minor in marketing at the University of Idaho. She is currently serving as the collegiate alumnae relations chair for Xi Chapter in Moscow, Idaho and loves drawing, reading and participating in intramurals. She is forever grateful for the opportunities, friendships and memories Gamma Phi has given her, and she looks forward to getting more involved in the organization as her time in Gamma Phi Beta continues.