I know I have said it before, but joining my sorority sophomore year is definitely one of my favorite decisions I have made in college, right up there with changing majors and choosing to attend UW in the first place. It allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and make friends I wouldn't have met otherwise, especially since I was rarely motivated to leave my dorm freshman year.
Going into recruitment women often have a checklist of requirements that their dream chapter will fulfill. Some of these "requirements" are really silly (and superficial) when you think about the fact that you are choosing your home and friends for the next four years. I was not an exception to this, and I remember thinking I would only join a chapter that had 3 letters, because it looked cuter on the embroidered sweatshirts I wanted so badly. Luckily once I got into the swing of the week I started to fall in love with my chapter for reasons that were so much more important (Sigma Kappa is only two letters - oh well). I loved that I felt relaxed during my conversations, and that their philanthropy was the Alzheimer's Association. I loved that the members I met clearly cared about scholarship and academics, and I was excited for all the events they told me about. By the end of the week I was losing sleep hoping that they would offer me a bid, and I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. It also helped that I heard the recruitment counselor I loved was a Sigma Kappa, and even though she was trying really hard to keep it a secret, I kept my fingers crossed that my assumption was right.
When I received my bid card I was so happy, and as I am entering the last few months as an active member I am still so glad that everything turned out the way it did. Sigma Kappa gave me the confidence to get involved in leadership, as merchandise chair and head of recruitment, which in turn lead to be becoming more involved on campus. I also had the opportunity to travel with the chapter multiple times to meet SKs from around the country and grow in my leadership skills. I've had countless late nights laughing with my sisters, and many early mornings for philanthropy and recruitment that I wouldn't trade for anything.
My chapter also lead me to an amazing family, that I completely adore. My little Kiran was a light in my life immediately. Taylor told me that she would be my little before she accepted her bid, and right away I knew she was right. She's the only person I would willingly watch a Drew Barrymore movie for (just once, never again) and the first person who listens to me vent at the end of a long day. I love being the person she turns to for advice, especially since I have the tendency to mother my friends a bit too much. I'm so proud of her hard work and her loving spirit, and watching her scout for her own littles this year was so much fun. She definitely lucked out with Bela and Madeline, who always yell in excitement when I come home from class or work and sing along to musicals with me when we should be doing homework. I don't know what I would do without my little fam, and am grateful to have them in my life.
PS - This was my first time taking pictures with the cherry blossoms?? I have never wanted to deal with the crowds, and choosing to go during golden hour on a Friday was a mistake in that regard. But Madeline probably would have killed me if we didn't take these pics and they turned out to be worth it after all.