Campus Cutie: Shelby of Delta Pi

This week’s campus cutie is Shelby! Shelby is a third-year Criminal Justice & Public Policy major. She’s also a founding sister of the Guelph Chapter of Delta Pi.

What made you want to be a part of Delta Pi?

I’ve always had more guy friends but I wanted a close group of girl friends. I didn’t enjoy going to Guelph nearly as much until I joined Delta Pi. I also grew up in a Jewish community and I went to Jewish camp so the idea of being in a sorority that holds Jewish values was perfect.

What are your opinions on the widespread “sorority girl” stereotypes?

Obviously, these stereotypes are a little hurtful. I don’t agree with them at all, for instance I have friends that are outside of Delta Pi, we’re not just limited to girls in the sorority. Also, all the sisters will study in the library together and we’re pretty academically focused. In regards to the stigma around the title of “sorority girl”, I think it comes down to girls coming out to rush or to our events and seeing that we’re nothing like how the media portrays us to be.

I’ve never met a sorority girl that reflects the stereotypical “sorority girl” persona.

How has joining a sorority changed your life?

I’ve been doing a lot more studying and I’m more organized & focused when it comes to school. I always have someone there if I want to go study, watch a movie, or go out for dinner.

Would you recommend joining a sorority?

Yes, absolutely!  Joining a sorority is great for your social life, resume, and leadership opportunities. The philanthropy aspect of it is very rewarding.

Is it hard to balance school with sorority commitments?

Through Delta Pi, I’ve learned how to have a good balance of everything. It’s a great motivator to stay on top of school work and have your life together.

Most rewarding part of being part of a sorority?

Having an amazing group of sisters. I love them all so much. I didn’t know my little, Nikki, before we came to Guelph and now she’s one of my best friends.

What is the worst part of sorority life?

I would just say that girls can sometimes have drama. It’s inevitable that you’re going to have a disagreement with somebody. The unfortunate part is that sometimes you end up having to take sides. Negative feelings within the chapter is the worst part. I think that happens in any group of friends so it’s just something you have to learn to deal with.

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