Come formal recruitment time their comments about me not fitting in were set in my head. I thought that I would never find a place that would accept me for who I am. I was dead wrong. Come preference day I was a mess. I couldn’t choose between the two sororities that I had been asked back to because they were two of my absolute favorites from the beginning. They both were involved with charities that were near to my heart and my values aligned with theirs perfectly. I met women whom I was head over heels in love with at both chapters. Making my final decision was hard, but I made it, and I cannot see myself in any other chapter.
With taking the oath to always wear my letters with pride and dignity I also made a promise to myself to always be the best person I can be. By wearing my letters I am living up to the expectations of my sisters from the past and present. I am making an example that will be followed by thousands of women who are initiated into my sorority after I am. The letters I wear do not represent a social standing or hierarchy; they represent my belief system and the way I choose to live my life.
My letters stand for love and compassion. The bond shared between me and my sisters is a bond that we have forged through nothing other than our want and willingness to care for other human beings. We did not become friends because we all pay for the same shirts, a house, activities, or “friends”; our friendships have developed because we choose to be there for others every single day-in times of need and in times of happiness. Being a part of a sisterhood is so much more than sticking around for all night gossip sessions, despite how entertaining they are. Having a strong bond with someone means getting to know them and proving to them they you are a worthy friend to have. As the old adage goes, friendship is a two way street. Fortunately for me, the people I have met have shown me that they are worthy of my time just as much as I have shown them that I am worthy of theirs. My sisters have proven to me that they belong in my life because they have only ever showed that they cared. They have never made me feel uncomfortable in any situation. They have held my hand through the difficult times in my life and I have done the same for them.
I have never thought about forcing any of my sisters to do things they do not want to do and I know that they would not think about making me do anything I do not feel okay doing either. We do not need to make fools out of one another in order to feel a connection. We are strong together because we have chosen to be.
The letters I wear signify leadership and growth. By wearing my letters I feel empowered. The older generations of women who have bared the same letters as I do across their chests have accomplished so much in their lifetime. The women I surround myself with only encourage me to be the best I can possibly be. Whether they help me succeed with my studies or support me with various extra-curricular endeavors, my sisters have always been there for me. Whether they are tutoring me, celebrating with me, or force-feeding me ice cream to stop my tears after not getting the grade I wanted or for not getting the position I wanted, my sisters have always been there and I have always been there for them.
Before coming to college I always wished I had a sister rather than my annoying brother. Now, I have over 150 amazing women in my life and I cannot be any happier. Though I have been a member of my sorority for only a short time, I have never felt such pride and joy. I joke a lot that I bleed my sorority’s colors more than my school’s colors. To be perfectly honest, I would not have it any other way. I am proud of my affiliation and am thankful to be wearing my letters because they represent so much to me.