In honor of Bid Day just passing on Sunday, and for me getting some serious FOMO from missing all my lovies at Richmond... I wanted to write a post to my KATs. There is so much stigma and stereotypes that surround being a sorority. To me, joining Kappa Alpha Theta at Richmond was a completely different experience than what I expected. And now, being only 8 months out of college, I realized that I actually applied a lot from what I learned while I was in Theta.
During recruitment, I talked to so many different types of girls that had different goals, interests, personalities, and majors. It's funny now because I can pick up a conversation with any person that I meet at work or out and about, and build some type of connection or shared interest with them. Once you graduate, you move on to the real world with a job. You can learn the mechanics of the day-to-day, but they don't teach you how to form and grow relationships with the people around you whether they are coworkers or clients. Having moved to a new city, I forced myself to go and meet people by saying yes to every opportunity or invitation that came my way. And believe me, no matter what city you're in, you can find a way to meet new people. So thank you Theta and recruitment (never thought I'd EVER say that) for showing me how to network like a BOSS, and ya know always make new friends.
The second thing I learned from Theta was that age is but a number. While in Theta, I met girls both older and younger, and I call some of those girls my best friends. When I was one of the older girls in Theta, I made an extra effort to connect with some of the younger girls. I guess it's because I don't have any sisters in my family. Ultimately, I wanted to be that friend, role-model, "sister," that anyone could feel comfortable turning to for advice, being there to listen, cracking a joke, sharing an awkward moment... whatever it may have been. Some of my closest and best friends are younger than me. It doesn't matter if you're 22, 26, or 20. If you connect with someone, build a relationship, and make an effort to stay in touch, that friendship can last a lifetime. And now, being out of school, the best part about that is I've gone a couple months without speaking to some of my friends, and whenever we reconnect to catch up, we are able to pick right back up where we left off without a dull moment.
Finally, Theta also gave me a support system. I love my family (AristoKATS) more than anything. Family doesn't always necessarily mean blood-related. It's the people who are there for you when you need them the most. And, through the highs and lows I always found my littles, my twin, my big, and my big-big by my side. My Theta family consists of a weird, eclectic, brilliant, awkward, outrageous, courageous, incredible group of girls that are my sisters, and I love them dearly.
So, to the rest of my KATs. You are all crazy, goofy, inspiring, lovable ladies. I miss you all terribly. Thank you for teaching me about LΘVE, what HΘME really is, and to always be adventurous and outrageous.
Congratulations on an AMAZING recruitment. I can't wait to reunite with you all soon.
Theta LΘVE and Mine,