Well, it is now official! I am now a “brother” of Alpha Phi Omega, and I couldn’t be happier! I have loved every minute of my time with APO.
When I first came to CU, I knew I wanted to definitely get involved with clubs and student groups. But I wasn’t just looking for just any group, I was looking for the RIGHT group. I was looking for people who were friendly, interested in similar things as myself, and inclusive. I wanted to be a part of a community in which I felt welcomed, and where I knew I would be able to make friends. Even though I got involved with multiple groups last year, and last semester, I felt like something was missing. Luckily, I think I’ve found what I have been looking for! And that is APO.
When I started college, I was pretty sure I didn’t want to rush a sorority. It just wasn’t something that was a top priority, to be “Greek.” APO is a co-ed non-social fraternity. Don’t let that phrase fool you, we are definitely social, but we are not affiliated with the other all male fraternities or all female sororities and we also don’t have a house on The Hill. It is pretty different! And I love that!
Of course, I encourage anyone who is interested to join a social sorority or fraternity, or at least to rush. I think that rushing at the beginning of the semester is a great way to meet a lot of new people and that is an awesome college experience! But if you think you might be interested in something slightly similar, but not exactly that, I would totally recommend checking out APO. For us, it doesn’t matter what you look like, where you’re from, how nice your clothes are, or what you’re studying. The three principals of APO are Leadership, Friendship, and Service- so if you are interested in being a leader, making friends, and volunteering, APO will welcome anyone with open arms. They certainly did with me. It was the best decision that I have made all semester, and I couldn’t be happier with how it is turning out. I have never felt more welcomed by any group of people.
Here I am with my Big, named Lexi!
Here is my pledge class!
In APO, they divide us up into families (kind of like Hogwarts!) based on what family our Bigs are in. I am part of the Gamma family of CU’s APO! (Yes, our hands are in a Gamma shape! Kind of.. haha)