To my Great-Grand Big,

If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be a part of such an amazing family here at UA. You were the first person I met here at UA that wasn't a freshman.

Little did I know you would spend more than just a week with me.

Little did I know you would make such an impact on my life.

Little did I know I was going to be your great-grand little.

Coming to UA not knowing anyone was already super stressful, but going through rush added so much more stress on it. Having you as my Rho Chi eliminated so much of that stress. I always felt like I could come and talk to you. You were my biggest supporter. I don't think I would have been able to get through rush without you.

So, finding out that we were in the same sorority on Bid Day was just the greatest news ever.

Having you in the same sorority already made me feel at home. At first, it was scary because I didn't know a lot of people and the idea of big/little was thrown at us right away. I didn't know many upperclassmen so how was I gonna find a big? You introduced me to your roommate and we clicked right away. We all hung out and I was so happy to find friends like the two of you. When Jaci was my temporary big the idea of having both you in my family seemed like a dream to me. I couldn't wait to be a part of such an amazing family. You were always including me in things and hanging out with me.

When the day came that I found out that Jaci was my big and you were my GGB, it was the second best day of my life. The first getting my bid to Gamma Phi. Running home to a family like yours was the best thing ever. Our family has its ups and downs, but I know I can always rely on you and everyone in our family.

This past year has been so great and it didn't hit me until today that you wouldn't be here next year. You're only a four-hour car ride away from me at home, but it's so sad to think I won't see you at chapter, or at dinner or all the above. Joining a sorority I hoped that I would be close to my whole family in it. You made that possible and without you, I don't know if I would be where I am today.

This past year you have not only my best friend but a role model for me. You are a strong, independent and amazing women and I hope that when I am in your shoes three years from now that I am where you are today. I'm going to miss you so much next year so you better come visit. You helped me through my freshman year of college and I thank you so much for that. I can't see myself here without you. You have been with me from the start. You will always be my great-grand big, but most importantly you will always be one of my best friends.

We became sisters by chance, but are friends by choice and I wouldn't have anyone else as my great-grand big. I love you and I'm going to miss you!

Love,

Rachel