Her Campus Temple knows that Greek Life is a life changing experience (our CCs are both Greek!) and it’s a lot of work. Sorority women, across all councils, do so much work and give back to Temple and the North Philadelphia community. Sometimes, they don’t get the recognition they deserve. But, we want to change that. We’re starting with Temple’s Panhellenic Council presidents, an amazing group of women who are total #GirlBosses. We want to be like them when we grow and we’re sure you will too.
Our sorority president spotlight for Temple Panhellenic Council starts with Phi Sigma Sigma’s own Lauren Ravitch, who has spent her four years at Temple rocking Phi Sig’s three letters…and has also been helping make those amazing late night grilled cheese sandwiches that we all know and love. Lauren told us what it means for her to be a leader. Take notes.
Name: Lauren Ravitch
Major:Psychology Major, General Business Studies Minor
Organization: Phi Sigma Sigma
Semester & Year Joined: Fall 2012
Positions You Held Before President: House Manager
Why did you decide to join your organization? I was looking for a place to call home and a smaller community, to combat my nerves about attending such a large university.
Why did you decide to run for President of your organization?: I had a lot of encouragement to run for President from my friends as well as some of my role models within the organization, which felt really good and was a huge confidence booster. I felt that my previous experience as House Manager and my other campus activities had prepared me for this role and I really wanted to give back to the organization.
What do you think the most important part about being a leader is? I think the most important part about being a leader is to be fair and diplomatic and take everyones’ opinions into account. This is especially true for a social organization that everyone wants to get the most out of.
How are you striving to change the Greek community? The Temple community? I want the Temple community and administrators to understand all of the good that Greek life does for our professional development and community involvement, so they will support our efforts and erase some of the negative stereotypes surrounding Greek life.
How has your sorority experience impacted your life? My sorority experience has taught me to aim high in everything I do and represent my organization wherever I go. It has encouraged me to take risks, like study abroad, take on leadership positions, and speak in front of a large group, knowing I have the support of my sisters behind me. I hope to take that confidence with me and the friends I have made throughout the rest of my life!
Do you think your sorority experience will help your further your career? Why/why not? Yes! I have already talked about my sorority experience in multiple job interviews–employers are impressed by the familiarity with fundraising, recruitment processes, public relations, and budgeting that sorority women gain.
Describe your organization in three words?
Empowering, motivated, passionate.
Any special stories/shout outs?
Shout out to my 16 roomies in Phi Sig Paradise!!
Phi Sigma Sigma will be holding their annual (and very delicious) Grilled Cheese fundraiser on April 14th at their house on Diamond Street. All proceeds go to School and College Readiness, their philanthropy. The sandwiches are $1 and will be sold from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.