I know that outside of Greek life, people think that we “buy” our friends. They see us together and think that without our letters, we would never even associate with each other. But that’s so far from the truth. It’s true that we’re sisters because we just so happen to have fallen in love with the same organization. It’s true that we’re sisters by fate... but we’re friends by choice.     

Maybe you graduated. Maybe you had to transfer. Maybe you had to drop. Whatever the reason, you had to leave.   

I want you to know that, even if you aren’t physically here anymore, you’re still a sister to me. You were there for the highs and the lows, the good and the bad. You learned all the secrets that make our sorority unique. You memorized our creed, explored our history, and dedicated yourself to our philanthropy. You sat through chapter with me when it seemed like it would never end. You own our t-shirts, tote bags, hoodies, and whatever else a group of girls can personalize. Most importantly, you ran home to our sorority because you saw something special in our organization, because it felt like that is where you belonged. I hope that, even after you're gone, a part of you still feels that it's where you belong.

The time you spent in your sorority can never be erased. Bid Day, Big/Little Reveal, philanthropy events, socials, and mixers: these are memories we will have forever. Even the nights we sat around doing literally nothing were infinitely more special because you were there. It's crazy how quickly we became important to one another. You never think of Greek life as such a huge part of you until it's time to leave it behind.

I wish you didn’t have to leave, but sometimes life happens and people must leave things behind to move on to the future. Goodbyes are never easy, and saying goodbye to someone you share such a special bond with is practically impossible.   

I hope that wherever life takes you, you still smile when you see our letters. I hope that you still think of our colors and our symbols as your own. I hope you carry our values with you, and it helps you to become the best version of yourself. I hope that you remember your time in your sorority with fondness, and most of all, I hope that you still consider the friends you made here to be your sisters for life.