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Active Spotlight: Riley Blumen eld, Connecticut - Theta
Degree/Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Current Job: Summer Internship at Naval Undersea Warfare Center
Phi Sigma Rho has impacted my life by: Phi Sigma Rho has been the cornerstone of my college experience. When I  rst came to college, I desperately sought a home anywhere, a new family to let me in. My sister, wanting me to get more involved on campus, directed me to Phi Rho. I never thought I was the kind of girl to join a sorority, but I walked into that  rst recruitment event and was blown away by the intelligence and strength in the room around me. I knew I needed to be a part of that group - and lucky for me, the sisters of the Theta chapter felt the same way. I have been lucky enough to grow in leadership positions within the organization, from director
to Executive Board member to even President. I don’t know where I would be without Phi Rho, but I know I would not be nearly as happy.
Favorite Phi Sigma Rho moment/memory: When I  rst got my big, I was so intimidated by her - she was, and still is, one of the kindest, most loving people I have ever met. I asked her to get dinner with me and opened up to her about some personal issues I was experiencing, and even though I later found out she doesn’t like burgers, she stayed with me in that burger shop and just listened. That night was when I realized that through Phi Rho, I had found a best friend, and someone that I could count on for the rest of my life
Favorite quote or motto: “You are born. And oh, how you wail. Your  rst breath is a scream, not timid, or low, but sel sh and shattering with all the force of waiting nine months under water. The rest of your life should be like this: an announcement.” - Nike
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: Fake it ‘til you make it!
Your happy place: Point Pleasant, NJ
When have you been most satisfied in your life? I lost a close friend to suicide at the age of twelve, and for years, I struggled with guilt. In my sophomore year of high school, someone took a chance on me, and invited me to speak on behalf of youth in our area with regards to mental health. The  rst time I presented on suicide prevention and mental health awareness to a local middle school was one of the proudest moments of my life - it was through advocacy that I  nally found myself free.
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