Sorority Spotlight: Olivia Anderson of Phi Mu

We sat down with Olivia Anderson to find out more about her, her journey as a Phi Mu and her friendship with the men of Phi Delta Theta.
Olivia Anderson with Eva Wehrle at this year's homecoming tailgate. Anderson and Wehrle were a part of the same new member class for Phi Mu.

INK: Tell us a little bit about yourself Olivia; where are you from, how did you end up at Ball State and what are you studying?

Anderson: I am from Carmel, Ind. When I was in high school, I always figured I would end up at IU. When I toured Ball State, I felt like it was a better fit for me and I wanted to stray away from the large amount of people from my school that went to IU. I am currently studying Human Resources Management and Spanish.


INK: At this point, what are your career goals?

Anderson: You know, I really couldn’t tell you. That sounds bad being a junior in college, I know. I do know that I want to be able to take advantage of being bilingual, so I’ve put some thought into possibly working somewhere abroad. I’ll go where ever life takes me.


INK: What are your hobbies and interests?

Anderson: I really like to be active, whether it be running, biking or whatever else. I really enjoy spending time with my friends and sisters. I also really love traveling.


INK: How did you become interested in Greek life?

Anderson: I was very skeptical about Greek life before I joined. I registered for formal recruitment, but I had second thoughts about going through with it. However, I really hate to back out of things so I just figured there was no harm in trying it out. I am so grateful that I did.


INK: What made you decide to become a member of Phi Mu?

Anderson: The sisters I met were so genuine and welcoming when I went through recruitment. I felt like I fit in immediately. In the short time that I interacted with Phi Mu while going through formal recruitment, I could see that the sisters actually liked each other and that they were having fun being together. Something I believe is unique to Phi Mu is the strength of our sisterhood. I was able to see that with the sisters in the chapter. Being an only child, sisterhood was something that I was really looking for when choosing a sorority.


INK: How has your experience in Phi Mu been thus far; what have been some of the highlights?

Anderson: I have loved my experience within my chapter. The women in Phi Mu support me and we have a pretty great sisterhood. Some things that stick out to me in my Phi Mu experience are when I was able to take my littles and when I was the philanthropy chair of my chapter and planned a “battle of the bands” event.


INK: How do you feel Phi Mu has impacted your growth as a person?

Anderson: Phi Mu has made me come out of my shell. Being an only child, it’s been easy for me to stand in the background and be comfortable with that. However, since I joined my chapter, I have taken more initiative to get involved and I try to really take advantage of everything Phi Mu has to offer. I’ve become more responsible and I’ve learned to be a better individual through my chapter’s values. I very much believe that you get out of it what you put into it, so I put a lot of effort into my sisterhood. What I have gotten out of it I am so grateful for.


INK: What do you hope to accomplish in Greek life during your time as an undergraduate?

Anderson: I hope to see Bonnamu, Phi Mu’s newest philanthropy event, grow. I was able to be philanthropy chair when we first put it on and I would like to take it to the next level and make it even more successful. I also wish to pursue other leadership positions within my chapter and help it continue to thrive.


INK: Tell us about your role models in Phi Mu.

Anderson: I would say my biggest role model is my grand-big, Sam Hebenstriet. I really admire how she is always so positive and always tries to do the right thing. She is always so caring and I admire how she reaches out to others no matter how well she knows them.


INK: How do you think Phi Mu will stay with you past your time at Ball State?

Anderson: I could give the basic answer and tell you that I have made sisters for life that will one day be my bridesmaids and best friends forever, which is true, but I believe Phi Mu is way more than that. The values and creed of Phi Mu are what will really stick with me. My organization has taught me how to be a better woman. My leadership experiences in my chapter will stick with me as well. I was able to develop skills that I can take with me and utilize in my future jobs or anything else I wish to take on.


INK: How did you become introduced to the men of Phi Delta Theta?

Anderson: The men of Phi Delta Theta were some of the first people I met at Ball State. At the beginning of my freshman year, I knew only a few people that I was friends with in high school who came to Ball State as well. Two of my close friends ended up joining Phi Delta Theta, so I got to know a good number of the brothers through them.


INK: Tell us about the Phi Delts you knew before they were Phi Delts, what is your relationship with them?

Anderson: Nathan Pelton, Connor MacRae and I have been friends since high school. Connor and Nate were always pretty much up for anything. They were always involved in shenanigans, which, believe me, has not changed. I think Phi Delt has definitely matured them, but they’re still their same goofy selves.


INK: How has Greek life changed your relationship with them?

Anderson: I think Greek life has made us all a lot more mature. It has taught us about the importance of brotherhood and sisterhood, as well as respect. I think, at least for me, it has made us value our friendship even more.


INK: Besides your relationship with them, how does Phi Delta Theta continue to impact your time at Ball State?

Anderson: Phi Delt has played and continues to play a big role in my time at Ball State. I’ve made really strong friendships that I deeply value with a lot of brothers.


INK: What stands out about Phi Delta Theta to you personally?

Anderson: The brothers are strikingly genuine. They are very friendly and care so much about building a strong brotherhood.


INK: Any final thoughts on Phi Delta Theta? Phi Mu?

Anderson: Since my freshman year, I have seen both Phi Mu and Phi Delta Theta make leaps and bounds with their accomplishments and I believe they are both headed in a great direction.


INK: Now for some more fun, quirky questions. What’s your favorite food?

Anderson: I absolutely love Mexican food.


INK: What TV show currently has you sprinting from class to make sure you don’t miss the new episode?

Anderson: Scandal has had me hooked since the first day it aired. Olivia Pope is goals.


INK: Tell me about the last time you had a good laugh.

Anderson: Laughing is one of my favorite things to do. I would say the last time I had a good laugh was when I was hanging out with my sisters before homecoming tailgate. We were hanging out and just having fun with each other.


INK: What was the weirdest thing to happen to you lately?

Anderson: During the summers when I’m not at school I work in a restaurant. Before I left for school this summer, I had some random old guy come up behind me and try to start dancing on me. It was very strange, but it’s now a funny story to tell.


INK: Where is your dream place to live and why?

Anderson: I would love to live somewhere in Spain. The culture there is very rich and the scenery is beautiful.


INK: If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be and why?

Anderson: I would eat lunch with Donald Trump and ask him to please not run for president.


INK: What was the last song you sang in the shower?

Anderson: Not really one to sing in the shower, but I would most likely be singing something by The Black Keys because they’re my favorite band.


INK: What is your favorite activity to cure boredom?

Anderson: You can’t go wrong with Netflix when you’re bored. Mostly, if I am really bored, I become really productive. I’ll do a whole week’s worth of homework just because.


INK: Use a phrase or adjective for each letter of your name to describe you.



INK: What is your favorite childhood memory?

Anderson: When I was really young, my dad and I would sit down on our kitchen floor every night and eat ice cream. It sounds so simple, but it sticks out to me because I loved spending time with my dad.


INK: What is your favorite junk food?

Anderson: That’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. I would have to say Doritos or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.


INK: Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Anderson: Nobody should have to wake up before 11 a.m.


INK: What inspires you?

Anderson: I feel like what inspires me is the need to do the right thing. It gives me a strong drive to improve in the areas I can in the ways that I see fit.


INK: Anything new or exciting about your life that you would like to share?

Anderson: I climbed a mountain in Maine this summer and it was slightly terrifying but pretty exhilarating.

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