My name is Ellie Chorpenning and I am the current president of the Beta Chi chapter of Delta Gamma at the University of Denver. I'm a senior from Phoenix, Arizona pursuing a double major in International Studies and Political Science along with a minor in Economics. I love spending my free time with my friends and family, going to concerts, and traveling.
During my freshman year of college, I decided to partake in the recruitment process because I was seeking friendship, but I quickly realized that Beta Chi was going to be more like a family. I quickly fell in love with Delta Gamma due to the genuine conversations that I had with each DG woman throughout recruitment. From these conversations, it was apparent that everyone in the chapter was visibly passionate about supporting our philanthropic mission and further strengthening our sisterhood.
Delta Gamma has given me the opportunity to meet my best friends: women from all backgrounds who have shown me unmatched support. Living in the house was one of my favorite memories during my time in Delta Gamma because I was able to be surrounded by such driven and compassionate women every day. Each woman inspires me daily to reach my fullest potential and I am so grateful to be anchored to such an amazing organization.
Delta Gamma fosters bonds of sisterhood among women who promote educational and cultural interests by granting each of us endless opportunities to succeed. Before taking on my role as President, I served as Vice-President Membership my junior year and Director of E-Communications my first and second years. Within these positions, I learned more about myself, more about the strong women who I am surrounded by, and how much we are capable of as a team. This role allowed me to hone my time management, problem-solving, and organizational skills all while fostering meaningful relationships with each member of Beta Chi.
I felt empowered to serve as President after being inspired by the previous leadership within our chapter. Each previous leader of Delta Gamma conducted themselves with grace and conviction but did so in their own way, proving to me that leadership is within the person and the team they are surrounded by and not solely with the position itself. My biggest piece of life advice is to “be comfortable with being uncomfortable,” as stepping out of your comfort zone is how you grow. Going through recruitment and finding my home in Delta Gamma has afforded me the reality that even in the discomfort of discovering your potential, you will always have a reliable sisterhood behind you.
I am proud to wear the golden anchor and represent Delta Gamma. Recruitment opened my eyes to the power of sisterhood, and I recommend that every woman experience it! You will meet so many inspirational, kind, service-oriented, and driven women through the process of finding your home.
Wishing you the best of luck on your journey here at the University of Denver!