POWERFUL women of Georgia Tech's Panhellenic community share how they are continuously impacted by their CPC sisters.



“I’ve always been super interested in sustainability and in high school worked in the Parks Department and got to work in places like Yellowstone. Since I’m so interested in the environment, I decided to apply to become a Sustainable Undergraduate Research Fellow, and was honestly shocked when I got selected as a first year. I applied before I joined Greek life this semester, but research has been a lot to juggle with all of the things I’m involved in and Greek life has helped with relieving this stress. My big has been so helpful in supporting me and helping me make a schedule and my academic mentor has been helpful in strategizing for classes. It’s been nice to see how the greek community provides a network that acts as a stress reliever--we’re all in it together. I feel like being in sorority has really brought me out of my shell and made me more confident. It’s already helped me to reach out to older girls and network in just a few months.” — Katy McCarthy, Biology


“My new initiative Ignite is a community driven monthly meetup for creative and entrepreneurial minded women to find a community that they can go to when they’re struggling with something in a creative pursuit or finding ways to overcoming roadblocks to the goals they’ve set for themselves. I met up with a mentor of mine and she’s helped me to develop this idea and find a way to make this a space for girls to gather and discuss these things. When I first came to Tech, I was kind of frustrated with the level of support Tech has for the arts. Since I had this issue, I figured that other people might have it as well and could also benefit from having a space to come together. We’ve had one Ignite so far, and a majority of the people that RSVPed and came to the event were CPC women. It was awesome to see that people that didn’t even know me wanted to come support my ideas and see what it was all about. It’s a hard thing to do--to branch out and attend something you don’t know anything about or haven’t even met me as the creator, but it’s really cool to see that girls are willing to try new things and support others within the community.” — Hannah Franklin, Business Administration

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“In technology and engineering, you typically don't have that many female role models. And to be able to find female role models in people your age is really empowering because you look around and you see that these are women who are doing really awesome things and they're supporting each other and they’re lifting each other up rather than competing against each other. That kind of environment has been really helpful for me to be able to say I can be proud of my achievements. And it's not something that I think you would find necessarily if you weren’t in a sorority because we’re so overt about saying these things, like with shoutouts during chapter. It’s amazing to have a group of 200 women who are talking about amazing accomplishments of our friends because we genuinely care about each other and want to see everybody do well. I think that’s something you can kind of lose sight of at as school as competitive as Tech, or in a field as competitive as engineering.” — Ellie Swiger, Industrial Engineering


"I’ve competed with GT barbell club in powerlifting. It's a really good community. All of my sisters have been extremely supportive and will be my gym buddies. I love getting them to come and do things with me and it’s always a really fun team building experience. I think it’s a great way to bond with someone and grow together if you’re mutually exposed to something that almost scares you or makes you uncomfortable, like a kind of challenge you have to overcome together. This one time i competed in a tournament, and I didn't really say anything about it and I didn’t want to make a big deal. But other sisters found out about it and made a huge deal in chapter. It was really heartwarming and fun to see that they were so supportive. I think the biggest thing I get out of the CPC community at Tech is having that kind of support and love and attention where someone is pointing out something you’re doing because they care about you. That in itself is really empowering and puffs you up a little bit.” — Maddy Shelton, Materials Science and Engineering

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“As a member of a smaller chapter, I was a little nervous going to my first CPC meeting as president. But I was surprised at how quickly I started reaching out to other presidents for coffee dates. There had to be similarities between us - we’re all women at Tech and we all have the same struggles. I was really surprised at how quickly I was accepted into those meetings. My voice was heard and cataloged. CPC includes us in so much, and its heartwarming for me to see. Since plugging into the CPC community, it’s been cool to have more resources on campus, more people saying hi to me, congratulating me when things happens. Plugging into CPC made Georgia Tech more of a home for me. Seeing other women who were also getting internships and going through interviews, and all the little nuances of Georgia Tech made me realize it’s no longer just your chapter and your sisters. You have an army of women behind you that are ready to help you. You just have to step up and say you want to be a part of it.” — Kaitlyn Shinault, Industrial Design and Psychology


“I think Greek life is important to Georgia Tech because it creates such a sense of community. When I first came to Georgia Tech, I didn’t know a single person. Coming in and being immediately accepted into a group really boosted my confidence and gave me a way to connect with people. My research is actually being presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research this semester and when I got accepted to present I felt so much support. As soon as everyone found out, they announced it at chapter and everyone was super excited for me. It was great to have that much support and everyone was coming up and congratulating me--it was really sweet. I’m graduating soon and I’m really going to miss the sense of community and familiarity that Greek life gives you. Always knowing that someone will have my back is such an incredible feeling.” — Sarah Blust, Materials Science and Engineering


“As soon as I got into Greek life, I realized this was exactly what I needed. Coming into this school, I didn’t really have a ton of confidence; I was awful at public speaking. When I came here, I met some really cool people that didn't take me for granted. I felt like that helped me gain a lot more confidence in myself. I ended up being on Exec for my chapter, so I had to stand up at the front of chapter every single week, and it helped make my public speaking so much better and ended up helping me a lot at work. I couldn't just sit there and do my work and hand it in. I needed to go up to people and present and be able to reach out for things to do. That’s what helped me get my full time job at NASA. I think being surrounded by people who are constantly building you up is important--and not just in your own sorority. I have friends in every single chapter on campus--through classes, club, the lacrosse team-- and they’re all just as supportive as the girls in my own chapter.” — Emily Bohannon, Mechanical Engineering

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“Currently I serve Georgia Tech’s Student Government Association as the Vice President of Internal Affairs where I really try to work to make the Student Government Association cohesive as a body. My biggest goal for the organization is that we develop a sense of community, not just for own sake but to better impact the Georgia Tech community as a whole. People are the most productive when people are happy and being happy is important. If you can leverage that, there is no limit on what you can achieve. Since many people come from different parts of campus and may not know people in the organization, it’s important to cultivate friendships so that they stay connected to the organization. I decided to bring back big-little’s where we pair people together with similar interests. This way we can eventually accumulate an alumni database and then connect those alumna with current members and invite them back for events. This along with an all-branches meeting stemmed from my experience in Greek Life. It has that sense of community, strong friendships and great alumni base that I’m hoping for in SGA.” — Pooja Juvekar, Industrial Engineering


“I’m working for Deloitte in human capital, but I didn’t always know that I wanted to go into consulting. But one of my sisters was like ‘hey you would really like the people and fit in here.’ And I decided to try it. She was the one who coached me through the whole process, especially when I got to know more people when I got to the company. It was really neat to see the different connections I could build. And she was there to explain it all to me. To have her talk me through why i should do human capital was really helpful, because honestly I would’ve never picked that on my own, but I love it. It was helpful to have her help in balancing it all.” — Leanne Francis, Business Administration


“When I was a first year, I was really empowered by seeing older women doing what they wanted to do with their degrees. They really helped me in understanding that you can kind of make your own path and figure out what you wanted to do. And there were a few women in our group of policy students that were older than me and they really pushed me to think about what mattered to me. They got me to think about the organizations on campus, other than my chapter, that peaked my interest at all. I found a few different ones dealing with equity, some with being a minority at tech, some focused on sustainability. And as I started to figure out that I liked all of those things, I realized that I could make a career out of them all together. As I was being pushed and supported by all of these communities that I was a part of, I realized that it was really important to me in my own development. It’s always been my ‘why’-- to build communities. Being a part of so many fantastic communities that were all so deeply rooted with strong women pushed me to want that for other people too.” — Maggie Kelley, Public Policy