Iota Eta Chapter, Florida Institute of Technology

I joined Phi Sigma Sigma in spring 2010. I was a sophomore in college at the time, and my closest friends were already members, so joining seemed like the obvious choice. Ultimately, it was probably one of the best choices I made in college. I held office as our chapter’s Panhellenic delegate, member-at-large, and archon, and those leadership opportunities allowed me to have a much more meaningful experience in college than I could have otherwise.

After college, I took a few years off and worked in marine mammal rehabilitation with seals, sea lions, and sea otters. This was not work that paid well, and I was living in an expensive part of the country, but I was passionate about the work. Eventually through those experiences, I decided to go back to school and become a lawyer.

I think everyone knows someone who has gone through law school (or maybe you have done/are doing it yourself) and it is a very expensive undertaking. Particularly, your first year you are strongly encouraged to avoid working to focus on school. Receiving an educational grant from the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation allowed me to just be a student for my first year, which was a hard adjustment coming from working full time for five years. I made Honor Roll and Dean’s List my first two semesters, and I have no doubt a large part of that was not having to work my first year.

Thank you to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation for giving so many of us the opportunity to just focus on school. It is such a gift to have financial support from your sisters when you are struggling through school. Once I graduate from law school in May 2019 (which feels so far away), I plan to resume donating to the Foundation so that other sisters can have the same opportunities I have been lucky enough to have.