|Posted by Emily G on December 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM|
In my three years in Alpha Phi I have grown as a person, a sister, and a woman. I have made lifelong friends, given back to the community, competed against other Greeks for bragging rights, gone to conferences in Chicago and Indianapolis, had late nights baking cookies and eating pizza, watched as my big left Adrian to pave the way for bigger adventures, and felt a twinge of pride as I shopped (and purchased) every bear item in the store. Looking back at these events, I can proudly say that Alpha Phi was the best choice for me in my college career.
Right away, I was drawn to the sense of fun and family the girls were omitting. They were all so unique, hilarious, confident, and classy and I couldn’t wait to be involved. They left their dorm rooms open for visitors, whether it was to tell a story, ask for homework help, or most likely, to borrow crafting supplies. They ate dinner together and always had someone to go out with and I was completely entranced.
Fast forward three years. I’ve been emotional while my big graduated, seen our basement transform into a modern hangout, sat on two executive boards, welcomed numerous new members, danced at three Red Dress Galas and formals, and have finally found my place in our fraternity. My place is being me. In the years living and working with these women, I have grown more confident and learned more about who I am, and could not be more grateful.
I am preparing to graduate in May and am still in a state of disbelief. But even though I’m running to New York, I will openly admit how much I will miss being so close to my sisters. The opportunities I have had with our chapter have given me skills I never thought I would gain and they have truly changed me for the better. I have improved my time management, communication, and leadership skills, become somewhat less awkward in social situations, now have the ability to delegate and listen to others wants, and can craft a mean canvas. I have been free to open up about my dreams and future goals and have an amazing Alpha Phi support system behind me. I’m even studying abroad with some of the coolest cats around (I’m looking at you, Lizzy McGuire wannabe). I can relate to my (actual) sister about her experiences in her Chi Omega chapter and help guide her through her presidency with my experiences if needed.
Looking to next semester, I know senior ceremony will come too quickly. I’m going to cry. It’s inevitable. Alpha Phi has become such a staple in my life that transitioning into another phase of it will be hard but I know it has to come. I am so grateful for all the women in Delta Eta for helping me grow at Adrian. Alpha Phi has given me memories and friendships to last a lifetime. You will all be in my heart as I make my big move and can’t wait to see what you accomplish.