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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at RIT chapter.

When I first came to RIT, I never thought a sorority could become such a large part of my life. For years, my perspective of sororities included all things stereotypical. You know what I mean… chanting, mean girls, bleach blonde hair, fake… the list goes on. However, I watched one of my best friends go through the rush process, and find her place. She’s always been amazing, but I couldn’t deny that joining Alpha Xi Delta boosted her confidence, and helped her blossom into the fullest, most authentic version of herself. 


My Sorority Experience 

Eventually, she convinced me to go through the rush process. I was extremely hesitant, as it was so out of my comfort zone! However, when I stepped into the Alpha Xi Delta house, I was pleasantly surprised with the warm welcome I received. I connected right away with the sisters, in ways I never would have imagined. And, as I continued through the rush process, I thought to myself: if it’s meant to be, it’ll be. The universe brought me to Alpha Xi–as I did, in fact, receive a bid. And I’m so glad I did.


Discovering my Big

Not only did Alpha Xi bring me to a group of such strong and inspiring women, it also brought me to my amazing Big. I first met Ryley when she was a mentor for me through the Pledge process. Our conversations flowed naturally, and when it came time to consider our potential Bigs, I knew I wanted her on my list. Sure enough, she revealed herself as my Big Sister in as fun a way as possible during the start of the pandemic- a surprise FaceTime call!


We talked for hours on reveal day. When we came back to campus in the fall, we started hanging out right away. Over the almost-year that we have known each other, she has introduced me to her family (and ADORABLE dog), we have had many lunch/coffee dates that have strengthened our bond even more, and lots of FaceTime calls spilling alllll the tea. 


I have loved forming our relationship not only as Big-Little & sisters, but also as a beautiful friendship. She is graduating this year, and it’s safe to say that I am not OK with that. I will miss her lots, but I know she is destined for great things. She is truly like my big sister here in Rochester. To Xi best big Ry- I love you! Thank you for making my time in Alpha Xi Delta so wonderful. 


Hi! My name is Maggie Passamonte. I am from Long Island, NY. I have always enjoyed writing. I was the editor-in-chief of my school newspaper in high school. I absolutely loved it, and have been longing to find writing opportunities on campus. I was so thrilled when I was given the Her Campus opportunity. I am passionate about many topics such as music, politics, feminism, sorority life, philanthropy, sign language/Deaf culture (I am an ASL major!), the list goes on! I love being able to share my ideas and collaborate with my fellow peers. Happy reading!