Dear Alpha Gamma Delta,

When I first came to college, I knew I wanted to rush a sorority. It wasn't even a question, honestly. Going through recruitment, that speedy and sometimes stressful week, was almost a blur. But yet, I do recall that one moment when I knew I wanted to be a part of this organization. It just felt right. The day before we made our final selections, I turned to my roommate without saying a word, and she bluntly said, "You were made to be an Alpha Gam girl."

Since then, my time in Alpha Gam has been filled with my best memories from college. Laughter, tears, lifelong friendships and more. I honestly couldn't have done college without you. I can't imagine who I would be today without you.

I always thought the saying, "It's not four years, it's for life" was super cheesy. But now that I am an alumna of Greek life, I get it. What I've gained from my experience in Alpha Gam is something I'll carry with me forever.

From the outside in, you can't understand. From the inside out, you can't explain.

But, here I am and I'll try to explain.

You taught me sisterhood.

With my freshly penned bid in hand, I looked around the room of mostly unfamiliar faces. I had no idea these girls would mean as much to me as they do now. It's more than a bond we share; it's that sense of trust and understanding with one another that we implement the same ideals throughout our lives. I could look around the room of so many unique ladies and know I can depend on them when I need it most. I have found my best friends, future bridesmaids and role models in Alpha Gam.

You taught me to "live with purpose."

Living with purpose is a phrase that was unfamiliar to me before Alpha Gamma Delta. However, through the values and ideals instilled, I quickly learned the phrase that I would embrace. I learned the importance of cherishing friendships and cultivating acquaintances and that kindness is truly invaluable. But living with purpose resonates most to me in the sense of contributing to the world's work through the joy of service -- giving back not only to Alpha Gam's philanthropy, but with every philanthropy in the Greek community. Sure, the events are fun and they even bring out a little friendly competition, but looking at the big picture, it's amazing the difference Greeks can make for these organizations.

You made me who I am today.

Coming to college, you don't realize how much growing up you still have left to do. Alpha Gam matured me in the most positive way: teaching this once young, naive 18-year-old how it's possible to balance academics, involvement and a social life. As I was surrounded by so many leaders and women fulfilling their dreams, I looked up to every single sister. I knew that's what I aspired to be and Alpha Gam made it happen. You've pushed me to be the best version of myself. To play off a little AGD saying, you've inspired this woman, so I can impact this world.

It's that sense of pride I'll always have when I see a squirrel. Who knew a little woodland creature could be so special to me? It's that when I see red, buff and green, my first thought won't be Christmas colors. Instead, it'll remind me of the symbolism behind those very colors. And pearls, which will always be a staple in my wardrobe, I now hold very near and dear to my heart.

I know no matter how I put words together on this page, I'll never be able to fully get across the appreciation I have for Alpha Gam. I guess what I'm trying to say is, thank you.

Love,

Your Alumna