What Makes Tri Delta Unique?

What Makes Tri Delta Unique?

Here are some reasons Tri Delta is not your typical sorority.


Delta Delta Delta fraternity better known as Tri Delta was established in 1888 at Boston University. The whole foundation of Tri Delta began with friendship between Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond. These women wanted to see a different organization created for women that followed the motto: "be kind alike to all and think more of a girl's inner self and character than of her personal appearance."

I joined this wonderful sorority in the Fall of 2017 and I have not regretted my decision at all. Growing up, I always thought that Greek Life was extremely dangerous since I had only heard of horrific stories about people getting drugged or completely intoxicated because of alcohol and have experienced traumatic things such as rape or harassment/hazing. When I started getting closer to starting college, I would hear on the news about hazing incidents that would land people in the hospital or have ended their lives. Sadly, because of these incidents - I was extremely discouraged on joining Greek Life when I started college.

Abby Austin and Marissa Vasquez during Fall 2018 RecruitmentMarissa Vasquez

Once I transferred to the University of San Francisco, my sister encouraged me to go through the Fall Recruitment that the three women fraternities were holding in September 2017. Despite being apart of another fraternity that was on campus, my sister highly encouraged me to look into Tri Delta since it was fairly new and thought that it was filled with amazing girls that she got to know. After going to the fall recruitment, I was extended a bid from Tri Delta and was evermore excited to join something new and filled with excitement. I was extremely nervous and shy when meeting everyone, but kid you not - I was so comfortable with everyone by the time Spring semester 2018 started. It was very fun!

Initiation 2018 Ashley S. Perez

I chose Tri Delta because it is not your typical sorority. It is the sorority that is actually like your family and acts like a home away from home filled with a lot of the ugly and bad, but most importantly - it is also a home filled with plenty of love and compassion from everyone within the chapter.

Go hard or Go Home... We go Tri Delta Style ;)Gabby Pascual

Just like me, there are many women within that chapter that share the same type of love that I have for Tri Delta and always share it whenever they get the chance to. Such as my Delta sister, Gabby Pascual who is currently serving as Vice President of Community Relations. Here's what she has to say about Tri Delta: "I am honored to be serving the chapter this year as VP/CR. Tri Delta has helped me come out of my shell by providing me with meaningful friendships and countless opportunities. Tri Delta's partnership with St. Jude has also inspired me to explore pediatric oncology as a future career. I am so grateful for what Tri Delta has provided me with, and I'm excited for this year!" Along with Gabby, another Tri Delta sister named Cami Yap, served as Vice President of Membership Experience this year. Here is what Cami had to say about Tri Delta: "I am beyond excited to serve as VP of Member Experience this year! I hope to grow our chapter and help women find their home like I did in Tri Delta. I love Tri Delta because we are such a diverse group of women. Each one of us brings something new to the table and makes our chapter that much more unique. From New Member to future Alumni, pearl to pansy, I hope every sister develops a love for Tri Delta greater than mine and friendships that will last a lifetime. Never in a million years did I see myself joining a sorority, but I am so happy to have found my home with Tri Delta."

Fall Initiation 2017Cami Yap

Tri Delta is like no other sorority. It is a sorority that is a family who supports and pushes each other to challenge themselves. It is a sorority that is challenging the stereotypical perspectives on sorority life. It is a sorority based on self-improvement, self-love, and most importantly - women empowerment in more ways than just one.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.

College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.

There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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8 Ways To Give Back And Help Others, Starting Today

If you start giving back today, you'll have an even better tomorrow.


Depression has become the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the ADAA. We're becoming increasingly disconnected as a society. Teens and young adults spend most of their time glued to the screens of their smartphones. We forget the importance of giving; of spending quality time with other people.

Giving back can have a great impact on your mental health. Studies have shown that receiving gratitude from others can

- Lower blood pressure

- Improve sleep

- Improve the immune system

- Lower stress levels

- Balance cholesterol levels

- Improve optimism, happiness and motivation

There are so many ways that you can give back to others and your community.

1. Volunteer your time.

Volunteer your time to a cause that you're passionate about. Feed the hungry, help build a house for Habitat for Humanity or walk dogs at a local animal shelter. Give your time to a charitable organization that you're excited about.

The key is to make a commitment, especially if you have a busy schedule. When you make a commitment, you find a way to work that time into your schedule. Otherwise, it's easy to say, "I'd love to help, but I'm really busy this week."

Giving through volunteering your time — the most precious resource you have — will have a direct impact on someone's life.

2. Use your hobbies and skills to your advantage.

Think about your talents, hobbies and skills. How can you use them to help others? Maybe you're a really talented knitter. You can use that skill to knit blankets, hats, scarves and gloves for the needy or those who are ill. Maybe you're an artist or a yogi. You can volunteer your time to give free classes to people who share these passions, but can't afford to take professional classes.

Make a list of all of your hobbies, skills and passions. Then, list ways to use them to give back.

3. Visit zoos, aquariums and national parks.

If you're interested in helping animals, make it a point to visit local zoos, aquariums and national parks. Part of your admission fee may be put towards wildlife conservation efforts, and you'll also get a chance to learn more about the animals that live there.

Many organizations and zoos also have volunteer programs. You can also find other local organizations that may be involved in protecting natural habitats or preventing animal trafficking. Volunteering your time or making donations can go a long way in ensuring that these projects can continue moving forward.

4. Organize a food drive in your community.

Did you know that 41 million people in the United States face hunger? Families who live in your community may not be as fortunate as you when it comes to eating three meals per day. When you make donations to local food banks, you're helping feed hungry families. It's a great way to give back and truly make a direct difference in someone's life.

5. Donate to animal shelters.

Want to help local homeless pets? If you can't adopt a dog or cat, you can make donations to local shelters and organizations. Animals shelters can always use more toys, blankets, food and gear like leashes. You can also volunteer your time at local shelters and with animal welfare organizations.

6. Spend time with your family and friends.

Time spent with family and companions makes you a lot more joyful than everything else on the planet. Truly, it is genuine social time is exceedingly profitable with regards to improving your bliss a few investigations have inquired about in it.

7. Assist others in achieving their goals.

One of the best ways to receive gratitude from others is by helping them achieve something. Not only will you fulfill your goal, but they'll fulfill their goals as well and it's a win-win situation all around.

8. Believe in yourself.

Genuine joy originates from inside that is the point at which you endeavor to have faith in yourself and when you begin to be thankful for all that you're able to get out of life.

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