Gamma Phi Chapter at Georgia Institute of Technology

For Parents

We’re so excited to meet your daughter and welcome her to the fraternity/sorority community! Please take a few moments to explore our website and learn more about our local chapter, as well as our international organization. Inspired by the vision and values defined by our 11 Founders, Alpha Gamma Delta challenges members to lead lives of significance that positively impact their communities.

Here are some frequently asked questions we receive from parents of new members and potential new members:

Q: Why should my daughter join Alpha Gamma Delta?

A: Women join sororities for different reasons, but all of us are bound by common values and ideals—friendship, service, scholarship, personal development and leadership. Being an Alpha Gam is a special experience that offers college women opportunities to develop and grow personally while meeting a group of lifelong friends. In addition, membership offers a network support that can be beneficial when living far from home or in a large university environment—and well beyond the collegiate years. With nearly 200,000 members, Alpha Gams can be found all over the world, in your hometown and right here at our own alma mater.

Q: Does Alpha Gamma Delta haze?

A: Alpha Gamma Delta has a zero-tolerance policy towards hazing of any kind.

Q: How much does it cost to join Alpha Gamma Delta?

A: Our dues and fees are structured to align with our campus norms. For more detailed cost information, please contact our Vice President–Finance, listed under Chapter Officers.

Q: My daughter was asked to join Alpha Gam. What comes next?

A: Immediately after joining, your daughter will begin her new member period. During this time, she will attend weekly meetings with other new members, make new friendships and learn about Alpha Gam’s history and values.

Once initiated, your daughter will enjoy the lifelong benefits and responsibilities of membership. After college, she’ll become an alumna member of Delta Gamma. A member is an alumna far longer than she is a collegian. Alumnae share pride, love and respect for their Delta Gamma memberships even decades after leaving college!

With nearly 200,000 members, Alpha Gams can be found all over the world, in your hometown and right here at our own alma mater.

Q: How much time will my daughter have to commit to Alpha Gamma Delta?

A: Our chapters are asked to have meetings at the same time every week, alternating between business and programming. We encourage our chapters to make the most of their time together and combine activities where possible, rather than adding to the calendar. In addition to chapter meetings, your daughter can expect to participate in philanthropic events, community service and other campus activities.

Q: What is my role as an Alpha Gam Parent?

A; Support daughter’s decision to join by learning more about us! Whether you’re already familiar with fraternity/sorority life or it’s all new to you, please know you also have a place at Alpha Gamma Delta. There are many opportunities for you to share in this aspect of your daughter’s life.

 

       

A LETTER TO PARENTS

From our Director of Communication, Shilpa Patel

Dear Parents,

Coming into Georgia Tech, I wasn’t entirely sure I even wanted to join a sorority. I was worried joining this community would get in the way of my academics, prevent me from joining other communities on campus, inhibit my ambitions, and generally be a distraction. I struggled a lot my first semester with transitioning to college, but I couldn’t have been more wrong about the amazing role that Alpha Gamma Delta would play in my life.

For one, my academics actually improved because of the help of older sisters. I distinctly remember leaving my first engineering exam close to breaking down and knowing I had failed it. When I walked into the house, tears in my eyes, the former chapter president, Margaret Dickey, wrapped her arms around me and comforted me with words of encouragement. Another older sister Ashley Stroup, a fourth year in mechanical engineering, reached out to me to tutor me in this class. Thanks to her help and the support from my sisters I ended up with an A in the class.

Furthermore, this chapter allowed me to be connected and involved in so many different communities on campus. Something that is unique to Alpha Gamma Delta, is our new member officer positions. I was elected as New Member Junior Panhellenic Delegate, and I was able to go to Panhellenic meetings where all of the sororities met to discuss greek events, concerns about our community, and our Circle of Sisterhood philanthropy. It was a great experience to connect with not only girls in my own chapter, but girls from other sororities at these meetings. In addition, most girls in Alpha Gamma Delta are a part of other clubs on campus and hold leadership positions in those chapters. Older sisters have encouraged me to be a part of clubs like Society for Women Engineers, Women’s Recruitment, cultural clubs, and so many more. Because of their encouragement, I was able to meet so many interesting people, making this sometimes intimidating campus seem much smaller.

Joining this chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta was the best decision I made my first year here at Georgia Tech. My sisters quickly became a family to me, offering me support in my classes, advice on career choices, and love and humor whenever I was feeling down. This community has already changed me in so many ways for the better, and I can’t wait to see what the next four years in Alpha Gamma Delta will bring.

Sincerely,

Shilpa Patel (PC ‘17)

communication.gtagd@gmail.com

     

 

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