PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Meet Theta Chi ‘Sweetheart’ Samantha Fisher

Whether they’re called White Roses or Sweethearts, some girls at colleges around the nation volunteer to be the feminine face of fraternities. What was once a tradition now seems rare, but Samantha Fisher is trying to keep the ritual alive.

Fisher, a senior engineering sciences major, describes her position as the “girl brother of the house.” She has all the benefits of being a brother, but doesn’t have to pay any dues. She parties with them, has a big role in recruitment, and is even in the composite. “Instead of cleaning, I bring baked goods,” Fisher said.

She doesn’t live in the Theta Chi house, but she does go to the parties early to clean up a little before everyone arrives. Fisher says she’s the mother figure of the house but feels like more of a friend. “A lot of the guys have questions on how to do the things that their moms or girlfriends did for them in high school, whether it’s laundry or cooking, and I’m here to help them out with that,” Fisher said. “But I’m also a quality wingman.”

Her other responsibilities include bringing a card and a baked good on birthdays and helping the brothers pick out a tie on a date. “They need a girl’s perspective,” Fisher said. Other times, they play video games, watch movies, or just hang out and have end-of-the-week relaxation time.

This position is traditionally held by a sorority sister, but being a member of Greek life isn’t mandatory.

Fisher claims being an independent makes her better at her ‘job.’ “Not being in a sorority makes me more available to them whenever they need me.”

So, what’s in it for her?

“Having people depend on me and want me to be around feels awesome,” Fisher said. “Changing someone else’s life by helping them gives me a sense of purpose. They get different things out of it, but I think I get a lot more out of it than they do. This year is going to be stressful for me but every time I walk in the door, I’m flooded with hugs. It’s honestly a fun job, and when I go out, I know I’m going to be safe because I have them with me. They protect me. Them being my support group is my favorite part of being the Theta Chi Sweetheart.”

Theta Chi

Fisher found out about the position while she was at a Theta Chi party. One of the brothers mentioned it to her, so she applied off the cuff. “I wrote a cover letter,” Fisher said. “They printed it out and sent it around the house. I way over did it and I was so embarrassed. I felt like the teacher’s pet on the first day of school.”

Fisher tries to make it to the house at least once a week and on average spends about three to four days hanging out with the brothers. “These are my friends and I enjoy spending time with them,” Fisher said. “They’re not here to hit on me. It’s just like having biological brothers.”

Fisher is single for the meantime, but she thinks that if she had a boyfriend, he would be comfortable with her job. “They know there isn’t any competition,” Fisher said. “I have all male roommates, and they all think it’s really cool. I grew up with all guys, so it’s perfect for me.”

Fisher’s main objective is to perpetuate the sweetheart tradition in fraternities and to hopefully expand the position throughout Penn State. “If there’s one thing that I want to happen out of my position, it’s for this type of relationship with a sweetheart to continue, preferably more than in just my own frat,” Fisher said. “If another person can feel what I feel when I walk through those doors, everything I’ve done will be worth it.”

About the Author

Claire Going

Claire is a freshman broadcast journalism major and writer for Onward State. She enjoys reading, running, and a good cup of tea. She's from Emmaus, Pennsylvania and is a dual citizen. (Go Ireland!) You can contact her via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @claire_going.

Comments

More by Claire

Penn State Student Releases Book Titled ‘Penn State Treasure’

Penn State junior Brian Davis is releasing his first book “Penn State Treasure” Sunday in hopes of helping students find multicultural resources on campus.

Nick Swardson Wraps Up SPA Comedy Month With Hilarious Set

From Seville, Dubai, And Puerto Rico To Penn State: The Unique Experiences Of Three Students Studying Away From Home

Athletics

North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend