An Open Letter To My New Sorority Sisters

An Open Letter To My New Sorority Sisters

Thank you for helping me see beauty, even in the common things of life
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Dear Sisters,

When I got to campus last Fall, I was nervous that I wouldn't find a group of friends, but you all changed that. From the first day of recruitment, I felt like I was at home in our house. Everyone had a huge smile on their face, we had great conversations, we laughed, and it always felt genuine. Not to mention, you laughed with me, not at me, when I tripped walking out of the house on Sisterhood Day.

On Bid Day, I was elated to put on a shirt with our letters because I wanted to show off that I was chosen to be a part of our amazing sisterhood. Since day one, the pride I have for being a member of our sisterhood hasn't wavered, it has only grown stronger.

Thank you to the sisters who have been there for me during the hard times, and the good times.

Thank you to my pledge mom for being there to talk if I need something.

Thank you to my new family for being simultaneously dysfunctional and loving.

Thank you to every person in our sisterhood for being welcoming and always having a smiling face on campus.

I am so grateful for how diverse our organization is because I know that no matter what the day is, there is always someone to do something with and someone who will be there for me. Being a part of this sisterhood has made my life so much better, and I want you all to know how grateful I am for each of you. I know my future is brighter because I have you all in my life.

Thank you for being my home away from home.

XOXO,

Your new sister

Cover Image Credit: Jessica Lawler

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To The Sister I Never Knew I Needed, Thank You

Growing up and becoming a young adult is hard, but sisters make it easier.

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One of the things I am most grateful for in my life is my brother, he has become one of my favorite people and is growing up way too fast. Of course, I just have the one brother, but always wished I had a sister, the grass is always greener right? My friends who actually had sisters always told me it was awful, you don't want a sister, I'd rather have a brother.

All of that changed when I came to college. I was always on the fence about joining a sorority because of all the bad media surrounding the Greek community. I wanted to make new friends so I went for it, you're only in college once. It has honestly been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life and I am so grateful for every single opportunity I've had in my chapter.

But it didn't start off this way. When I first joined, I didn't think Greek life was something I would fit in to. I struggled with making friends at first because it's intimidating and you kind of just want to crawl under a rock. But that all changed when I met you.

At my first event for our chapter, I approached you because we had one of those weird connections where someone I knew, also knew you, so that meant we had to know each other. That five-second surge of confidence changed my entire world.

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At this point, you aren't just my big anymore, but one of my best friends in college. From expanding our family to the Fiesta dates to driving home at 7 am to go to your hair appointment with you at 10 am, to picking you up from the bars at 1 am because you're bored and watching you graduate and move on to bigger and better things.

I am the luckiest girl in the world to have a role model like you.

You make me want to be a better student, person, big, friend, sister, and daughter. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for you. You have shown me how to truly be the best that I can be and to start depending on me because no one is going to do it for you but you.

You are going to thrive in graduate school and I can't wait to come to visit you, wherever you end up. Congratulations on your graduation, KR, you are an unbelievable human being with more love and compassion in your heart than anyone I've ever met. I thank my lucky stars for you.

Love you always,

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