Fall 2010 I made one of best decisions I have ever made, I joined Delta Gamma at the University of Tennessee. I joined as a sophomore, because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and get involved on campus.
Coming into the chapter a sophomore, it was hard breaking my independent habits, I had picked up my first year at UT.
I wasn’t as dependent on my new member class so I didn’t feel that instant sisterly connection.
One of my pledge class members and I actually bonded over not being our pledge class click; which helped us create our own (haha). Then it was Lip Sync time, the crucial time in the new member process.
Lip Sync is a competition put on by Junior Panhellenic every Fall where the new members classes of all of the sororities perform.
It allowed my pledge class to bond as a whole. Lip Syncing to the lyrics of Beyoncé’s greatest hits, I began to fully enjoy being a new member.
Then came my first Anchor Splash. Anchor Splash is the Philanthropy Event put on by DG every fall. It is a time for the DG members new and old to get to know each other better, as well as introducing them to the new members of the participating fraternities and sororities.
I feel in love with it! I helped coach the new guys of Alpha Gamma Rho for 3 years and am blessed to have gotten to know such amazing guys. Love my babies!
Teaching the guys the routines and coaching them throughout the week was such a blast. Definitely some of my best memories as a Delta Gamma collegian.
After being in the chapter a year, I was honored to be elected as the Vice President of Social Standards for DG.
I was overwhelmed with the love and support my chapter showed to me. Being a VP showed me a whole new side to DG. The position was a difficult one but helped me grow as person and leader.
As Standards I was able to attend the 2012 DG Regional Conference. The Conference gave me so much pride in not just my chapter at Tennessee but also my sorority internationally. I joined to be a part of something and I received exactly that. That was my epiphany. This conference solidified to me why I love DG. It is not for just 4 years, it is for life. I could not be prouder.
A year later, I blessed with the opportunity of representing DG in the Gamma Chi program. As a recruitment counselor, I gained a whole new kind of love for my chapter. I learned all about the other Panhellenic sororities and gave my letters for 2 and 1/2 months so that someone else could find theirs. It made me realize how much DG had become a big part of my life. Not being able to wear my letters, talk to chapter members, or even say I was a Delta Gamma; gave me an appreciation for the blessing, that is DG, in my life. Absence definitely made the heart grow fonder.
This week I yet again experienced a whole new side of DG. In a bridging ceremony, I became an alumnae of Delta Gamma. As I was reading my Senior Will to the chapter, I couldn’t help but think of all the things that had made up my DG experience. I could have been up their reading for hours. As a DG collegian I have been involved, did philanthropy, and gotten leadership experience. I can’t thank my sisters or DG enough my impacting my life, I can’t wait to see what this next chapter holds for me. I don’t know where life will lead me, but one thing is for sure DG and my sisters will be a part of it.
For Hope. For Strength. For Life,