During my first year at Rutgers, I was lucky enough to be placed in Barr Hall in the Douglass Engineering Living Learning Community. This was a community under the Douglass Residential College for women pursuing engineering at Rutgers. It was great, because we helped each other through the tough classes like Engineering Mechanics: Statics and every level of Calculus we had to take. After my first semester, I learned about Phi Sigma Rho, the engineering sorority on campus. I never thought I would even consider joining a sorority, as I was primarily focused on getting through engineering and, at the time, surviving Air Force ROTC.
I then, however, thought about how supportive I felt through the living learning community I was in. On top of that, many of the members would join Phi Sigma Rho. Based on this, I decided to give it a try and rush. Now that I’m a senior, I can say that rushing for Phi Sigma Rho has been one of the best decisions of my college career. It’s great being surrounded by women like me trying to kill it in our engineering classes.
Alongside Phi Sigma Rho, there are other various Greek organizations such as Phi Delta Epsilon, the pre-medical fraternity, or Alpha Phi Omega, the Co-Ed service fraternity. No matter which organization you join, I always tell those looking to join Greek life: it’s everything you would want to get out of an extracurricular and more! The Greek life community at Rutgers values service, scholarship and sisterhood/brotherhood. Participating in Dance Marathon alongside my sisters, and studying for exams with each other, are some of the best memories I have made at Rutgers. I was also able to grow as a leader by serving as president as well as other great roles. The best piece of advice I could give is to give Greek life a chance and you could find your home too!
- Jessica ,MAE '20