“To practice day by day love, honor, truth”

Dear Phi Mu,

There was not a better time for you to come into my life. You found me in a crucial moment. I was anxiously beginning college, not knowing which building was which, and making friends with people that were not the best fit for me. While going through recruitment, it did not take me long to figure out that I wasn’t finding a place to fit in, but rather finding a place that fit me. I did not have to change who I am to fit in here, I was accepted and embraced for who I am. Thank you for loving me for who I am and not forcing me to “fit the mold”.

Even though times may get tough and it can feel like I am alone, there is always a part of me that knows you will be in my corner. I did not just find a sister in Phi Mu, I found 27 strong women that have become my best friends. Whether it may be heartbreak or a cold, I know that someone will be there for me throughout the whole thing with chocolate chip cookies and El Som. I know that no matter where life takes me, there will always be a sister near—whether in distance or in heart. I will always have someone’s love and support for the rest of my life and for that I could not be more grateful.

You taught me how to open my eyes and see people for who they truly are. You showed me how to push past the stereotypes and really begin to get to know a person. You showed me what it is like to be real. Because of you, I have begun to see things in a new perspective. I see that there is so much more to life than whose makeup looks the best or who drives the fanciest car. I continue to find happiness in volunteering and philanthropy. I continue to find humility to fix things when I am in the wrong. Thank you for giving me the extra nudge that motivates me to be a humble leader, a good soul, and a Godly woman.

Thank you for showing me what it is like to live by the creed. You showed me how to be gentle, merciful, and just. You showed me how to be honorable, courteous, and tender. You showed me how to “practice day by day love, honor, truth”. I learned how to love others unconditionally. Loving others is something that I come by easily, but you gave loving others a whole new definition. I did not just learn how to love others, I learned how to serve others. I learned how to honor what is true to me. I honor Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Sir Fidel, and the Phi Mu Fraternity. You taught me how to be truthful beyond measures. Whether it be something that can hurt a sister or something as little as not liking their hair color, you have to be truthful.

I cannot thank you enough for showing me how to be a Faithful Sister.

LIOB,

Nikki