When I came to college, I was looking to join a sorority that I would find a number of individuals who had the same beliefs and values as me. A group of people who were steadfast in their various endeavors and those who were always down for a good time.

I made friends with the girls in my pledge class, as well as friends in the pledge class above me — but I was always a little scared to talk to the girls in the senior class. They were taking hard classes, involved in numerous clubs and organizations on campus and just had their lives together in general. They were leaders in our chapter, and leaders throughout our campus community that inspired me to get involved within our sorority and beyond.

Sophomore year came, and I moved into an apartment complex, got involved on campus, and became a leader in my chapter. All of these new changes in my life were beginning to add up to become the individual that I had always wanted to be. I slowly became friends with several members of the senior class, because they too, were once in my shoes and they knew firsthand just how difficult life could be.

This group of girls who I once looked to as exceptional leaders within our campus community, became some of my closest friends. They are always there for me when I need advice or someone to talk to. They are there for me when I need to ask questions about anything and everything. They come over and hang out with my roommate and me, and we are always welcomed in their homes.

I have grown to love this group of ladies, and I can’t say that I will not be sad when they walk across the Cistern to receive the undergraduate diploma that they worked so diligently for.

Although our friendship has only been established for several months now, I feel as if I have known you forever. You have inspired me, loved me, listened to me, hugged me, and been there for me when I needed it the most. Thank you for making an impact on my life, even if you didn’t realize it.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication — not only to our chapter but also around our college community.

Thank you for always being down for a good time, and for making me have fun – even when I don’t want to! Thank you for supporting me, even when it seemed as if, you were the only person in the room — that heard me out. Last but not least, thank you for being you!! I am so incredibly proud of each of you, and I know that you will move on to become the best professional women that you can be!

If nothing else, know that you made an impact on my life and I will never forget how you made me feel, even in my toughest moments of college thus far!

Much love,