Major: Microbiology, with a minor in European Studies
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
From: Santa Clara, CA
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Now that it's almost over, what is the one positive thing you'll take away form this experience?
I have become a stronger person because of everything. Learning how to balance school with pledging has been like, wow, if I can deal with this, I can deal with just about anything, really! And I learned a lot about myself, too - what I can and can't deal with, what I want, and so on.
Tell me about a one special relationship you formed with a sister or pledge?
Definitely it would be Candace. She and I have gotten to be a lot closer, and hanging out with her has been awesome. We'll definitely be friends for the long haul.
If you became the president of SAE-Pi, what would you do to change the way the sorority functions?
I think I'd want things to be more open. I think there are a lot of assumptions made, and I think if people were open more and addressed people personally, then that wouldn't occur. I think I'd want to be more in tune with individual personalities rather then being addressed as a group that is assumed to be a certain way. There are a lot of generalizations. But other then that, I think the sorority does a really good job. Given the circumstances, they do their best.
How do you feel that having the MTV cameras around affected your pledging experience?
I got used to it, that wasn't the problem. The problem is other people's reactions to it - within Davis, and specifically the sisterhood and other pledges, and how they responded to it. They've all made a lot of assumptions about us - its not MTV's fault. It's the people's fault for not being able to get past that.
What was the experience like sharing one bathroom with five other people?
It worked out fine. Most of our bonding happened in the bathroom - talking while doing our makeup and hair. Kind of disgusting, actually, but fine. Messy, but it's been fine.
What was the best thing about pledging?
The best thing has been hanging out with the people in the house. We've had a lot of fun together.
What was the worst thing about pledging?
The worst thing is trying to get to know girls who don't want to get to know you. Just like when you don't feel welcome, and you feel like you have to put your best foot forward - that's been tough. Balancing everything in my life, including pledging, has been challenging.
Did pledging affect the amount of time you had to study?
For sure! I really sacrificed my schoolwork quite a bit. The sorority does what it can to have designated study hours. You can do it, but you just have to find the balance.
Describe the bonds that developed with your potential sisters during the pledging process, and how do you think they're different from developing friendships outside the sorority?
There are a few girls I really clicked with in the sorority that I have a lot of similar interests with. I think those relationships have the potential to form into really good friendships with girls who have common interests and goals.