No Such Thing as a Sorority Goodbye
To the seniors in my sorority; you will be missed. They say that sisters are the fairytales of life. They’ve been there since once upon a time and will stay there until happily ever after. I’m not usually one to be cheesy, but as the last few weeks of school are coming to an end, I can’t help it. Sisters. I have two awesome biological sisters, and then I have 172 sorority sisters; both are blessings in my life, but this article is for the 172 of you; more specifically the ones graduating. To our seniors/graduating members, I look to this group of women, and within each of you, I see a role model. I see someone I aspire to be like. You’re the oldest members in our chapter, and no matter what mistakes you make/have made, we all look up to you. You’ve watched us grow, and have shaped us into the members we are today, so thank you. Thank you for being the brightest smiles we saw on bid day. Whether it was this past bid day or the bid day three years ago, you made new members feel at home. It’s an unreal feeling to know you belong, and we owe that feeling to you. You embraced us as if you knew us for years, and as our connections grow, it feels as if we have known each other for years. You were able to accept us immature new members and the younger members from years before. You were able to take us under your wings and help us take on this thing we call “College”. You’ve been the guiding footsteps that we’ve all been walking in. You’re these genuine human beings who love our sorority and love us. You’re able to push us to limits we didn’t think possible, and we are not ready to say goodbye. We’re not ready for the day we don’t see your faces in chapter. We’re not ready to let go of our bigs, G-bigs, or even GG-bigs. You’ve been there through it all, and this day has come up too quickly. I feel that it was just yesterday that I was running into your arms on bid day, and now we’re here. As much as it hurts to think about the day you graduate, and the goodbye that is coming with it, we know it isn’t a true goodbye. Even though it’s not a goodbye, it sure will be an “I miss you”. As you move on in your lives and do big things, I hope you know how much we all believe in you. We know you have the ability to change the world, and as you do, I hope you realize the sisters you’ve “left behind”, will always be your biggest fans. We love you, and can’t wait to see the amazing things you do. Congrats to our alums, we’ll miss you! --- Kellie Roth
Choosing Your Chapter
While going through recruitment, I was looking for a chapter that would provide a home away from home. I wanted lifelong friends that I could count on, and I found that at Kappa Delta. One of the biggest influences as to why I chose to become a member is because of my big. Our conversations and connection were so strong that I knew I was making a good decision by continuing my journey to become a Kappa Delta. She made me feel so comfortable and at home from the very first day I met her, and I knew that all the other women would do just the same. All of my sisters are strong, beautiful, and confident women that exemplified everything I was looking for in sorority. My sisters support me with every decision I make, and they always have my back no matter what. The love I feel from the women of Kappa Delta can only be defined as true friendship that I hope everyone else can find too.
Upholding the Five Pillars of Greek Community
Kappa Delta embodies the five pillars of the Greek community in a multitude of ways. One of the biggest focuses in Kappa Delta, and the Greek community, is on academics. Through the academic big program, any sister who did not receive at least 2.5 GPA for the semester is assigned an academic big to encourage them to be proactive and organize homework, tests, and projects. Secondly, Kappa Delta has a strong sisterhood that lasts for life. By hosting sisterhood events for active members and multiple alumnae events throughout the year, it is clear to see the bond that link women together from all walks of life. In addition, Kappa Delta has a large impact on civic engagement. By working closely with Prevent Child Abuse America and the Girl Scouts, sisters help build confidence in the children and adolescents that they work with. Similarly, members of Kappa Delta have worked hard to volunteer in the Ames community with events such as the Fire and Ice Gala, benefitting the Gilbert Fire Department, and CyServe Day. Additionally, Kappa Deltas hold leadership positions internally and externally, and this semester, 30% of the women in the chapter hold an external leadership position! Finally, the women in the chapter have worked to incorporate social justice through being involved in Greeks Ending Violence Now and hosting workshops about safety and the inclusion of others. Overall, Kappa Delta does an exceptional job of embodying the pillars of the Greek community. --- Emily Cory
Allie Polk is an excellent member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Allie is a second year student studying psychology and sociology. She plans to attend graduate school to get a Masters of Education focusing in Higher Education Student Affairs. With her degrees, Allie plans to dedicate her life and career to making American universities more welcoming, diverse, and inclusive places. Allie excels as a member of Kappa Delta because she is passionate and committed to everything she does. Allie has served as our chapter’s vice delegate and house manager, as well as served on our community service committee and standards board. Not only is Allie involved within our sorority, but she also works with other organizations on campus and in the Ames community. Allie has studied abroad with Iowa State’s leadership certificate program, serves as a mentor for multicultural students in the Bridging Opportunities in Leadership and Diversity learning community, serves as a volunteer intern at Youth and Shelter Services, and will be working on Iowa State’s NCORE/ISCORE Project, in which she will study race relations in the U.S. and promote practical solutions to race related issues on campus. We are so grateful to have Allie in our sisterhood and are excited to see her continue to follow her passion for creating and maintaining equality!
A Thank You Letter to My Sorority
Without these ladies, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. I know this sounds incredibly cliché, but coming into college as a nervous, timid freshman, I had no interest in joining a sorority. I had never thought of myself as a “sorority girl.” When I first heard that Kappa Delta’s mission was building confidence in young women, I immediately thought, I need to be a part of this organization. That was exactly the kind of woman that I wanted to be. I decided to take a chance, and I’ve never looked back since. To be honest, I didn’t really know who I was until I came to college; I was still trying to figure it out. Kappa Delta allowed me to be myself around these girls, without ever feeling like I had to try to “fit in.” I will admit, I am a little awkward, I laugh at my own jokes and can sometimes be incredibly sarcastic, but they love me anyway. If it weren’t for the sorority, I wouldn’t have met some of my best friends. Thank you for giving me unbreakable friendships and lifelong sisters. It’s crazy to think that if it hadn’t been for the sorority, I probably would have never met most of these amazing women. Because of my sisters, I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this incredible organization. I have a lot of pride in being able to stand next to some of the hardest working, dedicated, and driven women I’ve ever met. Being able to listen to every sister share her story is so incredibly heartwarming; it makes me proud to be a part of it. I look around the room during chapter, and I think about how these girls are what motivate me to be better version of myself, and strive for greatness. They have taught me to never give up, even when life tries to test you. Thank you for always challenging me and pushing me to do my best while striving academically, socially, and personally. The opportunities I have been given have not only helped me grow as a person, but I have also learned about others in the process. Without these ladies, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. I have managed to accomplish more at college than I ever thought I would, and I have it all to thank to the newfound confidence I found. I studied abroad in Italy for a semester. Each summer I’ve worked at different internships across the U.S., and I even got to work backstage at New York Fashion Week. If it wasn’t for Kappa Delta instilling those values into me in the first place, I don’t know if I would have had the confidence I did to take advantage of as many opportunities that were available for me. And so, Kappa Delta, thank you for always being my greatest support system. Thank you for turning me into the strong, confident woman that I am today. Thank you for introducing me to some of the greatest people I’ve ever known. And finally, thank you for teaching me to always strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest. --- Hannah Swanson
More to a "Sorority Girl" Than Her Stereotype
I’m that college girl who enjoys wearing oversized shirts with shorts. Glitter excites me, and watching sorority recruitment videos is my idea of a fun time. I’m that girl who refers to her sorority big as “BIIGGGGIEEEE” in all social situations. I’m that girl who giggles uncontrollably in awkward situations, and I’m that girl who is directionally challenged. I listen to catchy upbeat songs, and wear my letters honorably. I’m proud to be “that girl”, because being “that girl” means so much more than a simple stereotype. Being in a sorority means being comfortable I wear oversized shirts and shorts, because I want to, not because it’s a sorority thing. Being in a sorority is about being yourself. You’re able to branch out and find people who accept you. You’re able to be your fun-loving self while sporting a messy bun and sweats. Your sisters love you anyways, and that’s what matters. Being in a sorority means excitement You see glitter and associate it with Bid Day. You watch recruitment videos and can’t wait to welcome new sisters. You learn to love the little things, like receiving a new pin or new keychain. Being in a sorority lets you be excited. You get excited for yourself, for your sisters, for your chapter, and for other houses, and that’s a great feeling. Being in a sorority means learning Being in a sorority has taught me that being myself is a good thing, always, and that you can learn more outside of class, sometimes, than in it. I have learned that getting to the third floor of my house is like going up the “Hogwarts Staircase” in Harry Potter. I’ve learned that sometimes it’s better to listen than always talk. I’ve learned to find the similarities in someone I think is the opposite of myself, and I’ve learned that I’m always “wearing my letters”. Being in a sorority means involvement You are able to make a difference. You can volunteer through your chapter, or you can get encouraged to volunteer outside of your chapter. There is always going to be someone ready to give you that push you need. Being in a sorority is about your philanthropy, and about helping other philanthropies in the Greek Community. You make friends with more people than just your “sisters”, and always have a reason to stop by your house. Being in a sorority means family I have two biological sisters of my own, but there is no feeling quite like getting 172 more all at once. I am blessed that my big is one of my best friends, and that I can be myself with any of my sisters. Being in a sorority is about sisterhood. You learn to love your sisters, and to be there for them. You experience some of the best years of your life with these girls, and couldn’t be luckier to have found such an amazing second family. Being in a sorority is more than being “that girl,” it’s a lifetime commitment that we are all lucky enough to be a part of. --- Kellie Roth
Why I Spent My Spring Break Doing Service
By helping others, you could end up finding yourself. When I first signed up to go on a service trip to Jamaica over spring break, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know that it would change my life the way it did. I didn’t know that I would meet some of the most amazing and inspirational people that I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. I had no idea the extent of what I was getting myself into; I just knew that I wanted to change something (I did), and in return, be changed by something (I was). I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully put into words what this trip has done for me. You hear all the controversial opinions about these short-term service trips: “you’re only there for a week; how can you really expect to accomplish anything?” Well, all I have to say to that is after seeing firsthand the smiles on the children’s faces when you let them braid your hair and play games with them, and when the schoolteachers’ eyes begin to tear up after you bring them school supplies; that’s when you know that you are making a difference in these people’s lives. Helping these kids and teachers may not change the entire world, but it could change their world. That’s what makes it worthwhile. This trip gave me a whole new perspective on how to live my life. There was one phrase that our group coordinator kept saying that had an impact on all of us, “If you don’t pursue what you’re passionate about, then you’re not who you say you are.” That really made each of us think about what our true passions were, and why each of us decided to go on this trip. I had honestly never really sat down and truly thought about what I was passionate about and how I want to spend the rest of my life. What I want to do hasn’t changed, but how I plan to go about doing it has. I was able to learn how to see things through a different perspective, and I will forever be a changed person because of it. Do you have the confidence to follow your passion? If you’re unsure of your passion, are you willing to take different opportunities to find out what it is? This trip helped me discover my passion; I hope one day, you find yours, too. --- Hannah Swanson