Hear from sisters themselves
Finding my place on campus with DPE
by Cira Mancuso
Coming to Georgetown was overwhelming, to say the least. I came from an all girls school and graduated from a class of 42 students. I was not used to seeing hundreds of new faces everyday or having a class bigger than eighteen people. Between the myriads of club applications, the rigorous course load, weeks went by as I struggled to discern my place here at Georgetown All I wanted to do was go home to the comfort of my house, dog, and friends. Yet, amidst the insanity of CAB fair, Delta Phi Epsilon caught my friend’s eye, and she convinced me to come along to the recruitment events.
If you had told me I would be part of a sorority my freshmen year of college, I would have laughed. However, DPE is not like any sorority. In fact, the dictionary defines the term “sorority” as a female club typically meant for social purposes. This is not how I would characterize DPE. Sure, we have great social events where we may all get together and watch The Bachelor, celebrate a Tomb’s night, or take a study break with some face masks, but we go far beyond that. We have professional events, where older sisters will help you edit your resume, we have alumni panels, where you can learn all about how far DPE really takes you in life,and we have a never-ending network of internship and job opportunities.
In DPE I found my niche and my support system. I am surrounded by a group of strong and empowering women who work everyday to break the glass ceiling in their perspective fields, whether that is in international relations or STEM. I admire each and every single one of my sisters, and they push me everyday to be better. No 26 letters in any combination can really put into words how grateful I am to be part of this organization, and how much it has impacted my life. Sisterhood is the best shield against the times when life tries to knock you down. Women, especially women of minority identities, are already quieted and pushed aside. Delta Phi Epsilon emboldens you, hears your voice, and inspires you to transcend yourself to be the best you can possibly be. With this, I sincerely hope you all consider applying to the DoPEst squad on campus!
Cira Mancuso is a freshman in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics and minoring in Spanish. She joined DPE in the fall of 2017 and is a member of the Lavarnes line. She currently serves on the board as Sergeant-at-Arms. Outside of DPE she is on the board of Amnesty International, and a member of Sexual Assault Peer Educators (SAPE).