July 17, 2019
I have lived in Springfield, Missouri, for most of my life. I chose to attend Drury University because it was close to my family and the people I had known for years. I guess you could say that making friends was never one of my strengths. Toward the end of my freshman year, I saw what an amazing organization Kappa Delta was on my campus and how accepting and kind the women were.
I decided to go through sorority recruitment my sophomore year even though I was nervous that I wouldn’t fit in. I’m not the stereotypical “sorority girl.” I have tattoos, a nose ring and I wear glasses.
When I went through recruitment, I was only asked back to Kappa Delta. I remember sitting in the room during preference round completely overwhelmed with emotion — I wanted so badly for these women to be my sisters. I looked around the room at this phenomenal group of women, all of whom were different, but together made this amazing sisterhood.
The women of KD let me know that my differences were what made me special. When I joined the chapter, I was extremely shy and reserved. I was taken aback by how welcoming and persistent everyone was in getting to know me. I constantly had members asking me to get lunch, coffee or ice cream. These women I had only just met brought me dinner at work, started studying with me and became invested in my life. They became my support system.
My very best friends are people with whom I never would have crossed paths if it weren’t for Kappa Delta. What I love about this organization is that we all come from different walks of life, but we share common values that connect us with thousands of women.
You get out what you put into your sorority experience. I gave Kappa Delta my time and love, and I gained so much. I didn’t want to be a copy of everyone else. I wanted to be me, and Kappa Delta allowed me to be just that.
There is not one member who looks the same, acts the same, has all the same interests or the same background. We are all different. Being involved in a diverse and inclusive chapter that praises our differences and encourages us to tell our story led to so many friendships. Kappa Delta has impacted me in so many ways, but my favorite way is by giving me lifelong friends and sisters.
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