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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I Wanna Go Sigma K!

"I never would have thought you would be the type to be a sorority girl." The type? What does that even mean? Because all sororities and, therefore, all sorority girls are exactly the same? That all we do is wear oversized t-shirts and Nike shorts and go to parties and hang out with fraternity boys? I certainly hope you don't think that our entire lives are like the opening scene of Legally Blonde or an episode of Greek. I can remember making those comments to someone when he asked about my decision to join a sorority in January of 2011.

For those of you who don't know, I am a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. And a proud one at that. However, what many people do not know entirely is what the letters I wear on the frocket of my t-shirts or that hang from my keys or what the women in pictures throughout my house and office actually mean to me.

If I am 100% honest with you and with myself, I would not be who I am today if it were not for Sigma Kappa. When I started the spring semester of my freshmen year I remember thinking that I wanted something more. I wanted to be more involved on my campus and to somehow make my mark. When Sigma Kappa decided to start a chapter at West Georgia I knew this was my chance to do just that. Fast forward 6 years- geez that is wild- and here we are.

Sigma Kappa has given me so much, but the two most important things it has given me are these people pictured below- my Little Sister, Andrea, and my best friend, Chaneya. They are two of the most amazing women I know and Sigma Kappa brought them into my life. Otherwise, I probably never would have crossed paths with them. Along with Chaneya's Little Sister, Reanna, we made our own little family. Where you found the older two, you could almost always find the younger two. Through Chaneya and I being best friends we managed to guide Andrea and Reanna towards the same type of friendship. We're dysfunctional, to say the least, if the photo of the 4 of us doesn't indicate that already, but really name a family that isn't. We are also all incredibly different, but that is the beauty of being in a sorority. You become friends with people you never would have imagined and, without realizing it, they help you become the woman you want to be.

My sorority sisters are the strongest, bravest, most inspiring and loving women I know. Whether they realize it or not, I have them to thank for everything I have accomplished. They were the ones who sat in the stands at basketball games to support their sister who worked for the team. They were who encouraged me to take the plunge and go to Florida State, and they all showed up to send me off before I left for graduate school. They are the ones who always welcome me home with open arms no matter how long I have been gone. They love me when I don't always deserve it, but need it the most. They are the first ones I call when some amazing, or something awful, happens. And they are the ones who I know will always be there until the end.

If I haven't told y'all lately, THANK YOU for helping, encouraging, and motivating me to want to be a better version of myself. I love you all to the moon. LISK.

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