When I first started at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I was looking for my place on campus. I am from a small town in Virginia—I had just graduated high school with people I’d known since kindergarten.
I had always known I wanted to go through the Panhellenic recruitment process, but I wasn’t sure where I’d fit. It was through recruitment that I found the Gamma Lambda chapter of Phi Mu, and it felt like home. I found a house full of sisters who supported me, and they have been there for me through all of life’s moments since the start of college.
Phi Mu has inspired me to pursue various leadership positions. During my sophomore year, I was on my chapter’s exec board. In my junior year, I’ve had the honor of serving on the Collegiate Leadership Council for Phi Mu Foundation. I was also encouraged by my sisters to become my college’s Panhellenic President!
Serving as a member of the CLC has allowed me to work with my Trustee mentor, Danita Morgan. She is an alumna of my chapter, and she’s also one of my mom’s sorority sisters! I am a legacy of the Gamma Lambda chapter, and Danita and my mom were members at the same time. This opportunity has shown me the strength of the bonds within Phi Mu.
Phi Mu Foundation creates opportunities like these for women across the country. I am proud to be a member of a chapter that has 100% participation in the yearly M3 campaign, as the Phi Mu Foundation has such an impact in so many women’s lives. Giving back to the Foundation allows for this impact to continue. I simply could not imagine my college experience without Phi Mu, and I look forward to continuing my involvement with the Phi Mu Foundation when I become an alumna.
Hayley Boland is an alumna member of the Gamma Lambda Chapter at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a member of the 2018-19 Phi Mu Foundation Collegiate Leadership Council.