Pledge Class: Fall 13 (I'm old!)
Major: Community Health
Hometown: Dunkirk, MD
Why AOII: AOII is such a genuine sisterhood, my sisters are truly my everything. I have never felt so accepted before!
How AOII has helped me: AOII has given me the strength to risks and challenge myself! I would not be the leader I am today if it weren't for AOII.
Being a sister: When I became a sister, I made an oath to myself that I would give this sisterhood my all because the sisterhood has given me so much. Being a sister is much more than just wearing letters, it's constantly exceeding the expectations in order to help the chapter strive.
Favorite Memory: WINNING GREEK WEEK
Pledge class: Fall 14
Majors: International Studies & Arabic
Hometown: Denver, CO
Why AOII: I knew they were the girls I could count on to eat pizza, study, and laugh with me all through my college experience.
How has AOII helped you at GMU: Teaching me that creating lasting friendships are just as important as acing tests and earning a high GPA during your collegiate career.
What does being a sister mean to you: Being a sister means being available to everyone 24/7 through the good and the bad.
Pledge Class: Fall '16
Hometown: Cape Cod, MA
Why AOII: I honestly just had a strong gut feeling from the start AOII is where I belonged, talking with everyone was just easy, natural and comfortable.
How has AOII helped me at GMU: AOII has helped me gain confidence at GMU and a strong support system with anything I need!
What does being a sister mean to you: Being a sister means being there for each other and supporting one another no matter the circumstance!
Favorite Memory: My favorite memory so far was getting my big! Everyone tricked me into thinking it wasn't Katie and I was pretty bummed but when I found out I got Katie I was soooo excited!!
Pledge Class: Fall 15 (woop woop!!!)
Hometown: Laurel, Maryland
Why AOII?: I went AOII because I wanted to be a part of a group of women that I wanted to be like; a group of passionate, driven, motivated women that would push me to become the best version of myself.
How AOII has Helped me at GMU: I was the only person from my high school that came to GMU, so I went into my first year of college not knowing a single person. AOII gave me a family at Mason. This sisterhood has helped me in so many aspects of my college career, scholarly and socially. I couldn't imagine what my first year of college would have been like without AOII!
What being a sister means to me: To me, being a sister of AOII means being a part of an educated, diverse, and unique group of women. Every one of my sisters is different and brings something new to the table and that is what makes us stronger. It's about respecting one another, being there for one another, and creating life-long friendships that exceed just 4 years. I couldn't see myself wearing any other letters!
Favorite Memory: My favorite memory is when my pledge class went on a group trip to an indoor trampoline park! We were still new members and didn't know each other very well yet, but that was the day we all hung out and really got to know each other (Fall 15 forever!!!).
Name: Lexi Vaughn
Year at Mason: Senior
Pledge Class: Fall 2013
Hometown: McLean, VA
"I chose to join AOII when I went through recruitment because I truly felt a sense of home with the sisters I had gotten a chance to talk to. I also loved the idea of giving back to a cause (arthritis) that affects my family and I every single day. The sisters of AOII showed a passion for arthritis, and each other, that was unparalleled."
How has AOII helped you throughout your time at GMU?
What does being a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi mean to you?
"Being a sister of AOII means to me making sure that I give my all to better my sorority in any way I am possible. Even if it means just checking in on a sister you haven't spoken to in a while, or helping a group of girls paint a banner all night (and end up getting my face painted)."
Name: Gilly "Like Silly" Kelly
Year at Mason: Sophomore
Pledge Class: Fall 2015
Major: Integrative Studies with a concentration in Social Science for Education
Minor(s): Leadership Studies
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Favorite Alpha O Memory
"After our bid day celebrations, a few of us Fall '15s went to the flag football game where I learned some AOII cheers. It was amazingly hype that night and I'll never forget feeling at home."
Why AOII?: "Coming into recruitment I was so clueless about what Greek life even was. However, after meeting less than 10 AOII women, I knew I was #pressed on them all. The sisters of AOII have never failed to be amazingly accepting and loving towards me and I couldn't imagine my first year of college without them."
Kat St. George