Greek InterVarsity desires to reach all Greeks across all councils. Today, we're interviewing Khai, a member of an NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) organization. The NPHC consists of Historically Black Greek-Letter Organizations, also known as the "Divine Nine".
Read why Khai is going to Greek Conference in this exclusive interview!
1. What school are you from? Which chapter are you part of?
Clemson; AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.)!
2. Why did you go Greek? What made you want to join AKA?
I went Greek because of my siblings. My brother is a Sigma and my sister is an AKA. I grew up around her and her line sisters and my best friend’s mom is an AKA so I grew up going to events with them.
3. Tell us about your experience at Greek Conference. What was it like to be an NPHC student at GC?
It was very different, but it was a good kind of different because I was able to learn about orgs outside of my conference. But I was also able to have the pride in my conference and my organization. It was fun to educate people about NPHC and to learn about other organizations too.
Greek Conference is a place where you can be yourself and not feel anyone judging you or bashing you.
It was fun coming together with such a different group of people and knowing that we were experiencing the same thing in our different chapters. And it was fun being able to form a family of people who could be unbiased and support me.
Greek Conference rebuilt trust with white people when it had been broken after some hard experiences in the past year. It gave me some community that could be a support for me.
4. What was your favorite part about Greek Conference? How did God meet you there?
The general sessions for sure. The speaker was phenomenal and hearing the different kinds of music that they played- it was music for everybody! Also, they didn’t preach in a way that was shoving Christianity down your throat. It was amazing hearing about the speaker's days on campus and struggling with the same things we struggle with. It was powerful.
Also, during a time in prayer. There was a prayer room at the conference. I don’t remember exactly how we started praying but I remember a staff member, Julie, came up to me because I was crying. She said, “you look a mess and I can tell that you need some prayer.” This was the first time I experienced God.
5. Why should NPHC Greeks go to Greek Conference?
There’s a lot of reasons why. I think it’s a good way to branch out and to learn about others and to learn about something other than what you already know. And I also think it’s a good way to meet God. Either you meet God through the experience that I experienced or you meet God through genuine community. Greek Conference is a place where you can be yourself and not feel anyone judging you or bashing you.
After Greek Conference, you come back with this whole new motivation to just change the world.
And it’s a good weekend of just clean fun. We could just be big kids together but I didn’t have to worry about smoking or drinking. There were times that I laughed until I cried; it was so fun! After Greek Conference, you come back with this whole new motivation to just change the world.
6. Any closing thoughts?
Don't be afraid to come alone! That was the best thing ever- I went knowing absolutely no one, never seen them in my life, and I met one of my best friends! Staying with other Clemson Greeks was really fun because we stayed up really late just talking about life Come with an open mind and patience!
Khai is a junior at Clemson University studying Communications. She hopes to see you at Greek Conference in February!
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