I was 6 when I watched Legally Blonde and was first exposed to the preppy, chanting, pink obsessed lifestyle that is the sorority girl. Growing up I swore to never participate in such superficial matters full of matching shirts, sorority squats and worst of all-glitter. Freshmen year, I was surrounded by these cheerful Greeks and always told myself, no one could possibly be that happy all the time. The next year, I decided to take a chance and go through recruitment. Why not? What have I got to lose? And then my life changed.
It is not for everyone, yet I encourage those who are the slightest bit curious about joining a sorority to try it out. Going through recruitment, I have never felt so safe and welcomed in a room full of strangers. Every greek life stigma I have listened to from my peers and the media was immediately debunked as I fell more in love with Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) each day.
As I became more involved in my chapter, I found every aspect of my life enriched. I was focused on my academics and started dreaming bigger. My aspirations were ignited and I was passionate about life. The amazing women in my chapter motivated me to try each and every day to reach my fullest potential. The support of these women to offer encouragement anytime I was feeling overwhelmed was priceless. Being a sister of ZTA taught me to be a fearless leader and go for the things I want.
People join organizations for different reasons. I never intended on becoming involved in a sorority, and I never knew what lay ahead when I received my bid. From the moment I ran home to the chanting sisters and into my future big’s arms, nothing could prepare me for the countless laughs and tears of joy I would experience with them. I met my closest friends and gained a new family. Zeta Tau Alpha gave me an opportunity to give back to my community (Breast Cancer Awareness and Education), become a leader and feel empowered.
Before ZTA, I spent most of my childhood vying for the support and attention of my father. My siblings lived on the other side of the country, so my relationship to them was not close. I would reach out, yet no one would meet me halfway. I never knew my sisters would be the missing piece to fill that void in my life. Every sorority backlash I have heard from people faded from my mind as I rushed home to my new sisters on bid day. Running to the women who taught me compassion, strength and fulfillment. Running to women who will never let me go through obstacles alone. Running to women who became my saving grace.
I’ll be in every beat of your heart
When you face the unknown
Wherever you fly
This isn’t goodbye
My love will follow you, stay with you
Zeta, you’re never alone
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