Congratulations to the hundreds of newly initiated members of the Panhellenic
community! These will be some of the most memorable years of your lives filled with sisters who are now bonded in a way no one besides each other can understand. This time of year always fills me with a renewed sense of hope and confidence in my promise to my chapter. I saw the quote, “leave the chapter better than you came into it and hope others do the same.” As I initiated my little sister this weekend, I remembered how I felt the night of my initiation and realized how greatly Delta Gamma has affected my life since that cold fall night two years ago.
When I went through recruitment I thought sorority life wasn’t really for me, but my roommate convinced me that I couldn’t knock it until I tried it. My jaw dropped at the first house I went into when a hundred beautiful girls were suddenly singing and dancing, even shrugging their shoulders in sync. While recruitment was nothing I could have expected, it taught me how to be more self-confident and gave me a home away from home. My membership period gave me friends in a place that had seemed terrifyingly big.
Now that I’m an upperclassman and one of the older sisters, I can see how being in a sorority has helped me grow. I’m trusted to take on leadership roles and be an example, I mentor two amazing littles who challenge me to be the best version of myself, and I’ve found a place that fosters so much love I can’t even imagine graduating in three short semesters. Being a Greek student at SDSU means dividing your time between clubs, intramurals, and lots of required events. I’m grateful that my sorority keeps me accountable for studying and serving the community, and has provided me with so much more than just social events. Epsilon Sigma just celebrated our 30th anniversary and as I chatted with alumni, I could picture myself in twenty years telling my stories to sisters at our 50th.
In the years ahead, challenge yourself to improve your chapters and showcase how wonderfully unique your sisterhood is. As a community, we don’t always get the best reputation based on outdated stereotypes and rumors. We are leaders, athletes, and scholars, and we have the ability show people that we’re more than the stitched letters we wear with pride. To get into our houses we demonstrated our talents and interests, and found sisters that shared our values and ambition. I hope that Initiation and Founders’ Day can inspire and remind you of the lifelong commitment you made the same way it does for me. I hope that when someone talks about all the reasons Greek life isn’t for them, you challenge them with all the ways it has positively affected you. Most of all, I hope that you can challenge yourself to live according to your values and inspire those around you.
So Fall ‘14s, treasure these moments, attend every event you can and take pictures of everything. You’ll want to remember the dumb sleepovers when four of you crammed into a twin bed and that one time at formal when everyone ended up wearing the same shade of red. Senior year happens to all of us, and it sneaks up faster than you could ever imagine. I can’t wait to see what you bring to our community and how much each sisterhood thrives in the years ahead. No matter the letters, we’re all Greek together!