I’m Emily – I’m starting my sophomore year at Drake this fall majoring in Health Sciences and Neurology. When I came to Drake last year I was completely against Fraternity and Sorority Life and all the drama that appeared to come with formal recruitment. The process sounded scary and kind of made me uncomfortable. I decided to go through recruitment anyway and when Bid Day came around, I joined everyone else is running home to meet my new sisters. Bid Day was a little overwhelming but that feeling didn’t last long. My weekends were soon filled with sisterhood events, Monday night dinners, Sunday chapter meetings, and numerous lunch dates throughout the week with my new sisters. Joining Fraternity and Sorority Life opened up a whole new crowd that allowed me to socialize with girls in different majors that I would have never met without Theta.
One of the most meaningful relationships that I have made through Theta is with my big Meghan. I got to know Meghan through several lunch dates and immediately fell in love with her. She reminded me of myself with my “killer” dance moves, awkward encounters with the male species, and love for food. Meghan has become the big sister that I’ve never had. She’s become the girl that I can go to for anything and everything; whether it’s to comfort me when I’m sick, laugh with me about my lame jokes, or be my “mom” when I’m upset with life, Meghan is always there and ready to be the sister I’ve always wanted.
Looking back and reflecting on my time so far as a member of Theta, I know that if I had never taken the chance to go through recruitment I would have never met so many of my best friends. I can’t thank myself enough for being brave and courageous by taking the first time to find my home away from home.