At an early age, Amanda Simmons knew she wanted to be a leader in life, striving to be the best at everything she attempted in her hometown of Aurora.
Now, as president of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, the elementary education and early childhood major oversees every detail in the sorority house.
“This is a huge honor to be elected as a president for a sorority,” Simmons said. “I'm in charge of managing our executive team. I oversee everything that happens within in the house. I also have to handle all of the disciplinary issues, which is the hardest part for me. I also handle all our events with our alumni.”
She said serving as liaison to the university is a favorite part of her job. "I feel honored to represent the chapter on campus. I get called on a lot to do different things on campus that I never would have had the chance to do if I wasn't elected president.”
Early childhood education major, Sarah Grosz of Filley, said Simmons was right for the job. “The sorority elected Amanda because she would make the best decisions that would benefit our house. Simmons is also a very open and easygoing person, so it is very easy for members to talk to her about anything. We chose her because we know how passionate she is about Gamma Phi Beta and knew it was important to have someone in office that loves what they are doing.”
Simmons held other positions before becoming the president of Gamma Phi Beta. She served as corresponding secretary and recording secretary her freshman and sophomore year. In her junior year, she was elected the membership vice president (MVP).
Simmons said, “Holding those offices really made me want to be more involved in the house and pushed me to become president, especially MVP. Being MVP I realized how much I loved Gamma Phi and how much the members meant to me. After that I knew that I wanted to be president.”
As president, Simmons says she has many more opportunities in life then she thought she would ever have. “Gamma Phi Beta showed me that the only way to become a better person and a more well-rounded person was to put myself out there and strive for my goals. If it weren't for Gamma Phi, I probably wouldn't have been involved on campus whatsoever,” Simmons said.
Simmons also received a trip to Disneyland in California to represent the Gamma Kappa Chapter at the Gamma Phi Beta National Convention.