Signing up for sorority recruitment was a spur of the moment decision. I figured why not and decided to sign up a couple of weeks before making the big move to college. I never really considered myself to be a “sorority girl” and when anyone asked me if I was going to join a sorority in college, I always gave a solid no.
I first became aware of Kappa Alpha Theta on a Chicago Bus Trip that Drake holds every year in March for prospect students. My host was in Theta and so were some of her friends that we hung out with that night. That’s when I first started feeling that maybe being in a sorority wouldn’t be so bad. When I saw one of the girls that I had met that night post a link to sign up for sorority recruitment, I decided to just go for it.
When I was going through sorority recruitment, I was feeling homesick. I was on cross-country in high school, and seeing the girls’ season start without me was harder than I thought it would be. I missed being on a team. As I went through the process, it was starting to dawn on me that a sorority could be another home to me. It could be “my team”.
As each day of recruitment passed, I was more and more convinced that I could call a sorority home. It wasn’t until Preference Day that I knew for sure I could count on Theta for that. In the end, it seemed like it was meant to be.
I’m a quiet person, so the first few weeks were a little tough for me. I was surrounded by girls that I didn’t know, girls that all seemed to be good friends already. I felt like an outsider.
Someone told me that the more I became involved in Theta, the more I would enjoy it. So I attempted to push my quietness aside and started participating more. One thing that I felt would improve my experience in Theta was if I tried out a leadership role. One girl in my pledge class (thanks Ravyn!) encouraged me to apply for Communications Director. I had been thinking about signing up for that position, but was feeling extremely hesitant about taking on a leadership role so soon.
But I had told myself that I was going to take risks this year and put myself out there. So I applied and was able to land the position, which felt awesome. Having a bigger part in Theta has challenged me in the best way possible.
Since those rocky first weeks, I feel like I have truly become a part of Theta. After feeling nervous for a few weeks about whether or not the girls in Theta would like me, I decided that I couldn’t keep worrying about this forever. With encouragement from my sisters and by pushing myself, I have slowly started to become more involved and more outgoing.
Theta is my team. I have been proud to be a Theta since day one, but with every week, I can feel the sisterhood more and more.