Theta love from California! #EpsilonPhiSummertime #ThetaThursday
Enjoying the last few weeks of summer! #EpsilonPhiSummertime
Theta love is like no other
This week’s “Why I Joined Wednesday” features rising fourth year, Kara Conway! “I joined Theta because I wanted to expand my social circle and immediately clicked with the girls in theta. Plus let’s be honest, black and gold are hot colors.”
Meet Epsilon Phi COO, Isabella McKinley-Corbo. She is a rising 4th year from NYC, majoring in South Asian Languages & Civilizations (SALC) with a minor in Human Rights. She spent this summer working at a grassroots women’s empowerment NGO in Jodhpur, India, called Sambhali Trust. She said, “I fell in love with India after working, studying, traveling, and living here for 6 months last year, and I was funded by a grant through the UC Human Rights department to come back and work this summer. When I’m not working, I’ve been sitting on lots of rooves, reading lots of novels, and eating perfectly ripe mangoes. I’m so sad to leave but so excited to start senior year!” In regards to her work and experience with Theta, Isabella said, “Being involved in Theta has been a constant lesson in empathy. It can be easy to lose perspective sometimes, but Theta gives you a window into over 100 individual lives, and then you realize that there’s always a printing card that ran out of money, and a car that won’t start, nobody ever has a stamp when they need one, and everyone has a mini-disaster every day. As a chapter, we devote so much time and energy to speaking openly about who and what we are grateful for, and why; I believe strongly in acknowledging what’s good in your life, and my Theta sisters have taught me over and over again to remember what’s truly important. I’m so excited to welcome new women in just a few weeks, and can’t wait to watch as they begin this experience — I can promise that it is definitely like no other.”
Xanthe Gallate is a rising second year and potential East Asian Languages and Civilizations major, focusing on China. This summer she brushed up on her Mandarin at UChicago’s center in Beijing. She said, “I took all of third year in eight weeks, which was INTENSE, and then spent the rest of the summer hanging out with family back in Australia.”
Rising 3rd year, Cristina Schaver, spent the first part of her summer interning at the UN World Tourism Organization headquarters in Madrid, her hometown. She said, “It was an incredible opportunity that allowed me to gain experience related to what I’m studying: International Studies.” The rest of her summer has been devoted to traveling with friends and family around Spain and Peru, and she was even able to visit fellow UChicago students studying abroad in Santiago de Chile. She said, “You could say traveling is the other half of field experience for my major!”
Rising 4th year, Maggie Schumann, International Studies & Political Science major, spent this summer interning on Capitol Hill with Congressman Mike Quigley, one of the congressmen who represents Chicago. She was involved with conducting legislative research, writing various reports about issues concerning immigration, gun control, commerce, and attending Congressional briefings. She also spent two weeks this summer in Istanbul and Berlin, where she was able to conduct field research for her senior B.A. thesis project and opportunistically met up with her Theta big, Carmen Vacaguzman!
Theta love from Israel! Happy #ThetaThursday!
Chrissy Healey (pictured with fellow epsilon phi member, Vivian Tu) is a rising 4th year majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. This summer she worked in New York City as an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse in the Energy sector. In her spare time, she explored the food scene of New York City, and saw as many Broadway shows as she could!
This week’s #WhyIJoinedWednesday spotlight highlights rising third year, Ashley Daniel! “I joined theta because, during recruitment, the thetas were the girls I strived to be. I still feel that I can be appreciated for being my quirky, unique individual self while always being pushed to go further and do better. I am proud to wear my letters every day and I can’t imagine a better group of girls to call my sisters, friends, and mentors.” Θ💛