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About Our Chapter

A message from Chapter President, Christine Balian:

Welcome to the California Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi! Thank you so much for taking the time to explore our website. I hope it gives you a little insight into what life is like as a Pi Phi at USC. 

For those of you still in high school or those of you who have transferred, you are about to embark on the most thrilling journey of your life.  When I look back to three years ago when I was in your shoes, I remember being confused and overwhelmed about the process but excited for what my future held. I never imagined that I would be in a house surrounded by the love and respect and so many women that I look up to, let alone being the President one day. I can confidently say that if it were not for the amazing mentors, best friends, and supporters I found in Pi Phi, I would not be the woman I am today. The women in this chapter have always inspired me to be the best version of myself and truly embody what it means to be sisters.

There is so much more to this community than what meets the eye. Joining a sorority means finding lifelong friends who will inspire you to achieve your goals and challenge you to make new ones. They are there to help carry you through your worst days and laugh with you on your best days. I can say without a doubt that Pi Phi has brought me to the girls who have not only been the best friends I’ve ever had for the last three years but, more than that, are the women who I know will be by my side for the rest of my life. I have found lifelong friends, future bridesmaids, and a support system that I know I can always count on.

For me, Pi Phi stands out as a special place because of how unique and talented each woman is - there is truly no typical Pi Phi.  From Varsity athletes to researchers, song girls, interns, student government representatives, volunteer student teachers, and more, the members of Pi Phi are involved in so many amazing activities both on and off campus. I am constantly learning something new about our creative, intelligent, and driven members. Although Pi Phi is home to women with so many different majors, backgrounds, and interests, we are all fundamentally united by how much we care about each other. The love in our house shines through every member and is clearly shown from the minute we begin to speak about our sisterhood. There is no place like Pi Beta Phi. 

It is such a privilege and honor to serve as the President of Pi Beta Phi. The wonderful members of the California Gamma chapter have, and will continue to, make this journey an incredible one.  

I invite you to continue browsing our website and find out what Pi Phi is all about. I look forward to meeting you soon! 

Pi Phi Love and Mine, 
Christine Balian
Chapter President ​​​​​​​