What Delta Zeta Means to Me

Another school year is slowly coming to an end, leaving half of us stuck in denial and the other half stuck in the past, reminiscing on all the ups and downs of this year. When I look back on this year, all the memories that come flooding back including the amazing girls I am honored to call my sisters. I can always count on someone to get a late night meal swipe with me, or stay up until the library closes to do homework. Being in Delta Zeta means being part of an incredible group of women who uphold the same values and standards. Being in Delta Zeta means being part of a sisterhood for life. We all have had our own unique experiences and we’d like to share them with you guys:

 

“Even though I’m an only child, I still grew up with a big family and I was constantly surrounded with my cousins and never felt alone. I chose Bryant over any other school because of the small knit community that reminded me of my hometown. My freshmen year I lived in Hall 16 and was fortunate enough to have been randomly matched up with a group of amazing girls. At first, I was worried that I wasn’t going to make any friends at Bryant, but my suitemates turned into my best friends after a few short weeks. For a while I didn’t know Greek Life existed at Bryant and I didn’t think much about joining a sorority. However, I quickly changed my mind when I went through Formal Recruitment. I was nervous and hesitant as I waited in between rounds and stuck close to my Rho Gamma during most of the free time. I kept an open mind during recruitment weekend, but by Sunday’s Preference Ceremony I knew that Delta Zeta was the one for me. Being an only child, I never knew or understood the bond people share with their siblings. Since joining Delta Zeta, I’ve never felt alone and I can truly call all these amazing girls my sisters. I know I only have one more year here at Bryant, but our memories and friendships will last forever – these letters go beyond the four years. I love you all so much and I want to say thank you to each and every single one of you. Delta Zeta means encouraging and motivating each other to a better friend, student, and leader. I can’t imagine how different my college experience would be without all these inspiring women by my side.” – Charmaine Pequeno,

 

“Delta Zeta has brought me to girls who support me, drive me to be a better person, and have shown me what it means to be a best friend” – Caitlin Wray, Junior, Fall Class of 2014

 

“You know that feeling when something just feels right, that was DZ for me, it just felt like home” – Tayla Giuffrida, Freshmen, Spring Class of 2016

“Delta Zeta has motivated me to become a better leader, and, by trying to live by our creed, a better person every day” – Hannah Kirby, sophomore, Spring Class of 2015

 

 “Thank you to the branch that shows me how to be strong and courageous, to be full of grace and gratitude, to be present, especially when adversity is staring me down... I love you guys, thanks for being my everything.” –Sydnee Martinez, Sophomore, Spring Class of 2015

 

“I never planned on joining a sorority. I never imagined myself being friends with over 50 women who could all stand in the same room and feel comfortable, supported, and confident. Delta Zeta is my home. Delta Zeta is my leadership, self-confidence, motivation and inspiration. Delta Zeta is the 'congratulations on the job after graduation' texts and using laughter as ab work outs. It's a crying shoulder at 3am and an escape from any problem. It’s a supportive text the day of an exam and a coffee surprise the morning after an all-nighter. It's a big hug when you least expect it, and a night of tears from laughing so hard at things that probably aren't that funny. It's being weird for absolutely no reason and having life talks until 3am when you have a final the next day. It's being accepted for who you were, who you are, and who you're going to be. Joining Delta Zeta: It's something I never knew I wanted, and now, four years later, I realize it's everything I ever needed.” – Autumn Harrington, Senior, Spring Class of 2013

 

“I can think of a million reasons why I love DZ and go on for days about how much it means to me. I’m blessed to have my branch of girls who life me up on my bad days, support me through it all 24/7, and always make me laugh. I love you guys all so much and I couldn’t be more thankful that DZ has brought us all together as a big family.” – Amy Koh, Junior, Spring Class of 2014

“What does DZ mean to me? It means always having a place where I feel like I belong, and have people there for me no matter what. I am so glad I joined DZ as a transfer student last semester, because I immediately found an amazing group of people to call my sisters. Delta Zeta means so many things, it means always having sisters to rely on and hang out with, but also things as small as always having someone to get late night Ronzios with when you're too hungry to wait until the morning. I've never had a sister before and now I have almost 80, and I would not change it for the world.” – Flora Goodman, Sophomore, Fall Class of 2015

 

“The minute I opened my bid on February 11, 2013, Delta Zeta changed my life forever. I know it sounds cliche, but the women that are now my sisters are even more than that. These women are my best friends, my biggest supporters, my role models, my motivators, and they're my whole heart. If I had never chosen to go through formal recruitment and join DZ, my collegiate career would not have been as exciting, passionate, or full of unconditional love. Sure there were difficult times and tensions were high, but what organization isn't faced with challenges? Delta Zeta has given so much more to me than I could have ever hoped for, and it's one of the greatest decisions I've ever made. I am beyond thankful for the amazing women I've grown so close to and have unbreakable relationships with, and the many opportunities I've been given, which makes graduating in just a few, short weeks so incredibly difficult. To my fellow seniors: this is it. We made it (finally)! It may have felt like this day would never come, but we did it. To the underclassmen: take advantage of the time you have left. You're all beautiful people and have so much potential. This is not "goodbye," it's "see you later."   - Ashley Polak, Senior, Spring Class of 2013

"I wouldn't be the woman I am today without the love and support of my sisters, especially our alumni. I take so much pride in wearing my letters and representing how great we truly are. I am looking forward to what we do next and how we can make a difference in the community” – Caroline Butts, Fall Class of 2014

 

“What does Delta Zeta means to me? That is quite a loaded question… Delta Zeta is something that has grown to be such a huge part of my life, and it has turned into a part of my life that I would never have expected to love so much. To me, Delta Zeta is my family. It is the women I turn to when I do not know where to go next, it is the advice I seek when I do not trust myself, and it is the confidence that others have in me, which helps me to trust myself again. But Delta Zet,a to me, is much more than what it has offered me personally. I have seen DZ save lives, I have seen it be a support system when sisters lose family members, when they fight physical and mental battles, and I have seen Delta Zeta be the reason many of our sisters are still here today. Delta Zeta is a sorority, by definition we are a sisterhood that raises money for a good cause, but to me Delta Zeta is so much more. This year we have been recognized for outstanding awards by the Greek Community, of which I am immensely proud. These include: Outstanding Alumni Relations Program, Outstanding Public Relations Program, Black and Gold Award, Greek Unsung Hero Award, President of the Year, as well as Most Improved Chapter of the Year. These awards are something we are so proud to accept and are a testament to our successes as a chapter. However, Delta Zeta exceeds our duties of women of service. We have grown into a chapter that has a deep and genuine connection with each other that pushes sisters to succeed in all aspects of life, and helps sisters back up who have fallen off that path. If you had asked me freshman year if I would join a sorority, I would have laughed; Now? I cannot imagine my life without Delta Zeta.” – Sarah DeFeo, Junior, Spring Class 2014