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Dear Incoming Freshmen, Join Sigma Alpha, You Won't Regret it

Sisters in Agriculture 'til the end of time.

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It's almost July, which means it's almost time for school to start back again (I know it's hard to contain your excitement). For those of you heading off to college, you have probably heard how important it is for you to get involved in something, and you might be wondering what organizations you could join. For some that might be a sorority/fraternity, or a student government. You might join the band or a campus ministry. Or, you might join all of the above. If you come from an agriculture background, or are pursuing a degree in an agricultural field, you should think about joining Sigma Alpha-the largest professional agricultural sorority in the nation.

Sigma Alpha was founded in 1978 at The Ohio State University, and it cultivates "sisters in agriculture" by encouraging women to be prevalent in the agriculture community. Its philanthropies, Agriculture in the Classroom and Heifer International, are both great organizations that teach children about agriculture and help make communities in third world countries sustainable by providing them with a farm animal, respectively. The experiences I've gained by being a member are some of the greatest experiences I've had in college.

When I first decided to rush Sigma Alpha, I really just wanted a group to be a part of. I was looking for friends with similar career interests as me, because I hadn't yet found that in college. Immediately, I knew I was part of something bigger. My fellow sisters have never done anything but supported me in all my endeavors. They cheer me on when I succeed and pick me up when I fall. I have gained an even greater respect for agriculture as a whole, as well as the individual facets of it.

While it is a professional sorority, that doesn't mean we don't have fun. We have social events with our brother fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho (if you're a boy reading this, look into joining AGR!!). There are multiple sisterhood events throughout the semester which enable us to get to know our fellow sisters better. We have a formal each spring and coke dates during the school year. We even have a hand sign just like the sororities you probably think of when you think of sororities. (go baby bulls!)

If you are a girl and are trying to decide what organization(s) to give your time to while you're in college, I seriously think you should consider Sigma Alpha. If you have any interest in agriculture, we would be glad to have you. Besides, you might just end up having the time of your life.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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To My Big, As She Graduates

My sorority big is so special to me.

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Biggie Big,

I have known you for less than a year, and yet somehow you are already a vital part of my heart and family. Your love of others is infectious, your hard work and determination are astounding. I thought I took on a large workload, yet you outshine me in so many ways. You take 23 credit hours, work (sometimes two jobs), are a 24/7 dog mom, and manage friends and a boyfriend all while making it look easy.

I am so incredibly blessed to have been graced with you as my Big. Thank goodness for whatever stars have aligned that led me to you, because I can not think of a Big that would have fit me better. We are both very busy, busy girls and we understand that. We are there for each other when we need it most and when we just need to let loose a bit. You are the person I turn to when I need someone to listen to my venting, someone who understands my boy problems, and when I need someone to tell me that taking me-time is OK and I will succeed in whatever I do.

Anyone who has the pleasure to meet you will be greeted with the biggest smile and the most contagious laugh. You seem to find light in every situation and show everyone respect and interest. There is never a dull moment with you, that can be guaranteed. You change everyone's lives for the better.

Biggie, you are going to go far, I have no doubt about that. I hope you are never too far from me, but I want you to do whatever is best for your future. I am ecstatic to see where life takes you. It's incredible that life has given me someone who I see standing by me at the altar or holding my babies in the future. This bond of sisterhood is real and I'm glad it was formed between us.

Good luck Biggie, know I am always here cheering you on!

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