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Sharifa
Year: Sophomore
Major: Communications
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA

Photos: Sharifa
MTV.com Member Profile
1. What are you passionate about?
What I love is the Boston Celtics, skiing, roller skating (act like you know), partying with Lesha and Tiff, traveling, JAMAICA (BIG UP), Venice Beach, Rice Krispie Treats (not the box kind), "America's Next Top Model" show, SEAN PAUL (I LOVE HIM), Amarae Stoudemire from the Phoenix Suns (PLEASE CALL ME) Tyson Beckford (still fine), Michael Ealy (Barbershop), and how could I forget SLEEPING. What inspires me are people who strive and succeed no matter what, positivity, treating people the way you want to be treated, love, and MY PARENTS!

2. Describe this past semester in 3 words.
CRAZY, Educational, Rewarding.

3. Why did you choose to pledge Zeta Sigma Phi?
I chose to pledge Zeta because I loved with they stood for--their commitment to having a sorority which embraces different cultures, their love for community service and because these were girls who were genuine in their love for each other.

4. What was your first thought when you realized you were going to be on camera?
I almost didn't pledge zeta this past semester when I realized that MTV was going to be there. The idea of having random people in my personal space was not appealing.

5. Before you pledged the sorority, how many people had you lived with at one time?
Before I pledged the sorority I had attended a boarding high school and I had lived in the dorms freshman year so I am used to living with a large amount of people. I was a little worried about sharing a living space with so many pledges because I did not really know them before I moved into the house. Generally, when you get a large group of people together (esp. girls), there is bound to be disagreements about how people keep their living space.

6. What moment from this past semester do you think will be the most painful for you to watch on TV?
My opinions about people have definitely changed from when I started pledging to become a sister. The hardest part will be watching myself say things about people that I now realize are untrue and dealing with their reactions. It will also be hard to watch the Meena situation again because that was a really hard time during pledging.

7. What CDs are you listening to right now and what's your all-time favorite?
Right now I am listening to Sean Paul, Beyonce, Monica, Busta Rhymes, Feeder, Little John and the East Side Boyz, Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, the Neptunes and Tatoo. I don't really have an all time favorite but the CDs that are classics are any Mary J. Blidge CD, Biggie Smalls (both of them), A Tribe Called Quest, Jodeci, and Mase (don't laugh--he was the one).

8. What do you find attractive?
A great smile, positive attitude, sense of humor that's off the chains, the color pink, people who keep themselves well groomed, men who smell good, and a person who knows what they want in life and has a plan to get it.

9. When the semester started, were you dating anyone?
When the semester started I was in a weird relationship that wasn't really a relationship. We were just cool but there was a lot of confusion about what to call it. Now I am not. I love being single and I realize that although guys are a lot of fun, I don't have time for all that you have to put into a relationship and all that you have to deal with in a relationship to make it work.

10. What is the one thing you want people to know about you after watching the show?
I want people to know that despite all that happened, Zeta Sigma Phi is truly a unique and special group of girls that love and care for each other. I also want them to know that even with all that happened I would pledge all over again. I also want people to know that when you have 10 weeks and 24 hours worth of footage and you have to cut it down into 13 hour long shows some things are bound to be left out and so not everything is what it seems.

11. What was the best/most memorable moment for you this semester?
The most memorable moment for me is all the times I spent with my pledge sisters acting silly. When we all went on our late night runs to Jack in the Box or those late-night Monopoly secessions.

12. What is the most important lesson you learned during this past semester? What would you do differently if you could do it over?
I have learned that patience is the most important virtue and that people who have not experienced Greek life would never be able to understand half the things we all went through. If I could do something over it would probably be living in the house while I was pledging because MTV added a certain amount of stress to my life that was not necessary. I also learned that despite what I may have thought, I am truly a private person but it did take this experience to learn this lesson.

13. If you had the chance to hang out with one actor or musician, who would it be?
I would hang out with Sean Paul because I have loved him ever since he first came on the dance hall scene in Jamaica and before Americans even knew who he was. All his music is amazing, he is fine, and he has Jamaican roots (just like me).

14. Which night sounds like more fun: Hanging out with a hot guy or going out with your girl friends?
Well first "Hot" is definitely not the word. It would be fine guy. But I would much prefer hanging out with my girls looking for fine men. Heheheh.

15. If you could choose a theme song for this past semester, what would it be?
It would be Missy Elliot's "Why you all in my Grill" because that is what it felt like all semester with MTV in my face and the sisters always wanting to know what we were doing.

16. Who is the messiest pledge/sister? Who's the neat freak?
That would hands down be Michelle. Carmen was probably the neatest.

17. What is the worst thing you've witnessed in the pledge house/sorority house?
I would definitely say that kitchen and the bathroom. I just had to go as far as to use the bathroom elsewhere.

18. Complete the following sentences:

Frat boys are:
Crazy-ass and fun to hang out with.

Sorority girls are:
some of my best friends for life.

19. If you were president of Zeta Sigma Phi, what would you do?
I would make sure that Zeta had more of a presence on campus and that we instilled the same ideals in the income pledge classes that were instilled in us. I would also work on expansion.

20. What goals have you set for yourself for after college?
After college I want to be apart of the entertainment industry which is why I have set myself up with several internships and continue to strive towards that goal. I love the music industry, which is why I am interning for Universal Records this summer and I love the film industry, which is why I interned for Director's Circle Filmworks Inc. last summer. After I graduate I know that I will be working behind the scenes of one of those industries but I am not sure which one. I am a little concerned about the future because I don't have any definite plans as of yet. All I know is that I am going to be working in entertainment with a real-estate portfolio that brings in much cash flow. I WILL be rich.

Bonus Question:

Do you have any nicknames?
My nickname was O.C.S. and you should ask Carmen, Janelle, or Salina all about that.


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