The ABCs Of Being A Delta Zeta Woman

The ABCs Of Being A Delta Zeta Woman

Now you know our ABCs, don’t you want to be a DZ?

A is for Alfa Lloyd and The Crew

Because of our founders, Delta Zeta has connected thousands of women that hold the same values. They have laid the foundation for each and every DZ, and all the more that are still yet to come.

B is for Big/Little Pairs

As a new member, finding out who your big is can be extremely stressful, but the suspicion of the week pays off when you get to wrap your big in your arms. Growing the family is one of the greatest things about being in a sorority!

C is for Comfort Colors

These shirts are what we all live for. When the t-shirt chair mentions something in the group chat about potential new shirts, someone must ask if they are Comfort Colors. They are the comfiest shirts ever!!

D is for Diamonds

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, just like a Delta Zeta is anyone’s best friend. The jewel of Delta Zeta is a diamond, and it is quite fitting.

E is for Emojis

We can all admit that the turtle, pink heart, and green heart are always in our recents, and they are found next to most of our sisters’ contact names in our phones.

F is for Friendship.

The women we surround ourselves with who are in Delta Zeta will someday be our bridesmaids because the foundation of the friendship is a sisterhood. It is a friendship that is truly special. Each of us shares so much with our sisters, whether it be good or bad news, we always have people to rejoice with or shoulders to cry on.

G is for Giving graciously of what is mine.

Giving back is incredibly important, and to be able to do so with your sisters by your side makes for an unforgettable experience.

H is for Hand signs.

You always have to check and double check that the hand sign is going the correct way. Aannnd when you go somewhere with a scenic view, it is a must that you snap a pic.

I is for Involvement.

We are all well-rounded women, and we take pride in that. We are able to learn balance with being involved in not only DZ but another organization of our choice as well.

J is for Jumping for joy on bid day

Bid day is the best day of the year!! We get to welcome our new turtles home, and we cannot wait to share the special sisterhood we have. Signing a bid to Delta Zeta is the best decision we have ever made. We will always remember that day.

K is for kicking the stereotype to the curb.

We are not easy, but we are for sure DZ. When becoming a Delta Zeta, we all know the stereotypes that come with it. But we all find so much joy in proving them wrong and laughing at the fact people even created them. Delta Zetas are ladies of high standards!

L is for leadership.

Although there are leadership positions within Delta Zeta, being a part of the sorority makes us all leaders. We are leaders in our community, we are leaders in our state, we are leaders in our nation. As women of value, we show leadership in all we do.

M is for Memories.

Each year of being a part of Delta Zeta comes with new memories created with our best friends. Being nostalgic is always the best, thinking back to such good times we had with the greatest people. (Remember how much fun Big Man On Campus was last year?! I cannot wait for that event again this year!!)

N is for New t-shirts, so many t-shirts.

Typical sorority girl, but who doesn’t enjoy getting new clothes?! Anddd, they have letters on them! Why not buy this one? And this one? And this one too? Okay, let’s just spend our whole paycheck on t-shirts because we love representing Delta Zeta so much.

O is for October 24, 1902

We could not be more thankful for Founder’s Day. To the six women who founded the greatest sorority of them all and to all of the women who have kept the sisterhood alive, we would not be able to enjoy such a special sisterhood and organization than we get to today without you. So thank you.

P is for Painted Turtle Camp

Our national service project that enriches the lives of children with chronic or terminal illnesses. We love our little turtles and raising money to provide the camp free of charge to them.

Q is for Quality sisterhood

Sisterhood holds a special place in each of our hearts. Spending time in the chapter room together, getting ready for random events together, Bachelor nights, chapter meetings, philanthropy events, sleepovers, grabbing dinner, coffee dates, and so many more things. We know our sisters will be there for us through thick and thin. Being our support system away from home, our shoulders to cry on, our go-to girls, our sisterhood is such a blessing. DZ is our home away from home with our family away from our family.

R is for Recruitment.

A week full of running purely on caffeine and getting ready for the new baby turtles. You fake that smile til you make it, and you chant until you no longer have a voice. But would you trade it for the world? Definitely not.

S is for Starkey Hearing Foundation

Our National Philanthropy allows us to help people around the world hear. Not many people can say that they raised enough money to give someone to gift of hearing. It’s truly wonderful.

T is for Turtles

Our animal could not possibly be any cuter. Turtles are precious, and every time you see a turtle you think of Delta Zeta and your sisters.

U is for Understanding and appreciation.

We promise this to our friends. In our creed, we state our values and the women we strive to be. Being understanding and appreciative to our friends is the foundation of a golden friendship.

V is for Values

Our creed represents our values, and we are reminded of who we are and what we stand for throughout our active member period. We are held accountable to our values, from the moment we signed our bid and for our lifetime. Once a DZ, always a DZ.

W is for Walk truly in the light of the flame.

We promise this to ourselves in our creed, meaning we wish to carry on the traditions and values of being a Delta Zeta woman. Delta Zeta will be in our hearts, now and forever. Being a Delta Zeta woman is the greatest gift of them all. It is a lifelong journey, and we are all definitely enjoying the ride.

X is for being eXactly where you want to be.

Finding a home in Greek Life is a great feeling, but finding a home in Delta Zeta is the best feeling.

Y is for Yourself.

With Delta Zeta, you are able to find yourself in this big world we live in. Although the sorority has many women, you are just as important as the rest. We all share the same values, encouraging and molding us into the people we are yet to become.

Z is for Zealous about planning and putting on events.

Attending other Greek Life events is fun, but seeing the progression of how an event starts and turns out is remarkable. The turnout of the event is awesome, but with the process, you grow closer to one another.

Now you know our ABCs, don’t you want to be a DZ?

That’s a wrap.



Cover Image Credit: Delta Zeta- Omicron Omicron

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Hating On Greek Life Isn't A Personality Trait, Get Over Yourself

Congratulations, you don't like Greek what?


I was doing my usual scrolling through Twitter recently, and I found a tweet that seemed to be making fun of a set of photos. In hopes of discovering some classic Twitter humor, I decided to engage further. The tweet referenced a photo series that a group of sorority girls created, where they attempted to defy the stereotypes of sorority girls in America with statements like: "Society says sorority girls are rich and spoiled, but I pay for my dues and tuition," or "Society says sorority girls buy their friends, but you can't put a price on sisterhood." The photo series itself is sweet – it has a message of inclusivity and positivity. Yet, the responses to this photo series were anything but that.

One Twitter user responded stating that the photo series was "pathetic" because, "Some of us are actually from diverse backgrounds, immigrant families, low-income households, etc."

Another Twitter user mentioned, "I saw some s*** like this on my Facebook literally a week ago lmao why do they wanna be oppressed so bad."

It is absolutely no secret that Greek life has a bad reputation. Popular movies like "Neighbors" paint members of Greek life as shallow, rich, and incompetent for the purpose of shock value and humor. Although this image was manufactured for the purpose of entertainment, the idea has seeped into the mindset of society to ultimately promote an extreme overgeneralization of an opportunity in college that is anything but harmful.

Many of the responses to the original tweet seemed to stem from the assumption that being an intelligent and reasonable student and being a part of Greek Life are mutually exclusive. This concept is extremely hypocritical. The human identity is multifaceted and contextual. Every person engages and utilizes their intelligence in different ways depending on what the context requires, and to reason that members of Greek Life are not privy to this exact ability simply because of their affiliation is absurd.

Furthermore, users who claimed that Greek life lacks "diverse backgrounds" or "immigrant families" are only reinforcing this stereotype. Although I'd like to first state that I believe that Greek life absolutely does harness a fair amount of diversity, I think making this type of argument would be stale. Instead, I believe that restating stereotypes such as the above only isolates those from diverse backgrounds who may want to join Greek life, because they worry they will be cornered or ridiculed by their peers.

If you believe that Greek life is exclusive, my first recommendation would be for you to challenge that exclusivity by joining and breaking the barriers and proving Greek life wrong. But if we as a society continue to paint Greek life as this "whitewashed" organization and then ridicule any person of color who may be interested in joining, we are simply generating redundancy and contributing to the perceived issue.

In response to ideas of oppression, I agree with the statement that members of Greek life are by no means oppressed. There are minority groups who face genuine and violent oppression, and to use a word as strong as that to describe Greek life demeans those who endure a genuine struggle. However, I would argue that members of Greek life are unfairly stereotyped against, which is only highlighted by the backlash this photo series received. A photo series that had no purpose beyond defying stereotypes and promoting a well-rounded understanding gathered sarcastic feedback such as "sorority girls are braver than US Marines." Yet, all this negative feedback manifested in response to a photo series that had no intention of marginalizing or ridiculing those who were not a part of Greek life.

Instead, Twitter users took it upon themselves to assume the worst of Greek life.

I'm not saying that everyone needs to go rush to their nearest flower shop and send a sorority a beautiful bouquet of flowers begging for an apology. In fact, I couldn't care less if you like Greek life or not after this. What I am saying is that isolating and marginalizing members of Greek life because you believe that they unfairly prejudice those from diverse backgrounds is a problem. If you believe that joining an organization that promotes positivity, philanthropy, and mentorship isn't for you, that is absolutely ok. It isn't for everyone, and that's not a trait exclusive to membership in Greek life by any means. It is worthy to note, though, that making fun of sororities or fraternities for unreasonable assumptions you maintain makes you no better than what you perceive Greek life to be, and that is something to absolutely be mindful of.

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