When I was a child, I wanted to join a sorority more than anything in the world. I remember seeing sororities and how they were portrayed in the media. The sisters were beautiful, carefree, and fiercely protective over each other. As a middle school nobody, I viewed sororities as the epitome of popularity. I wanted to be in one more than anything.
When I got to college, my interest in a sorority wavered. I still liked the idea of having a sisterhood, but I wasn’t fooled by the thought of joining a sorority for popularity. I didn’t want to join a sorority just for the hell of it. I wanted to believe in the values of my sorority and really see myself backing the philanthropy. I decided to table sorority life until I was sure that I found a good fit.
In sophomore year, I heard about Alpha Sigma Tau’s philanthropy of woman’s wellness. What can I say? I’m a feminist and I couldn’t resist learning more. I went to an ice cream social to meet with the sisters. There were women of color, women of different sexual orientations, women of all shapes and sizes. It shocked me because it was so different from the conventionally beautiful narrative that I saw so often in the media. These girls were all beautiful but were by no means conventional. I could see myself among them.
I went to other rush events and as silly as it sounds I forgot that I was rushing. I didn’t feel like I was outside of the sorority. It was like I was one of them. I started to forget that I needed a bid to become a part of them. I think it was because I knew in my heart that I would always be their friends even if I didn’t wear their letters. I received my bid for Alpha Sigma Tau on October 31st, 2018. A girl who would become my sister, and a lifelong friend, texted me to come to the Student Center and gave me my bid. It’s kind of corny, but I cried my eyes out. My little group of friends officially became my family.
I met my pledge class and soon met more sisters to call my own. The next few months were a dizzy haze. I went to sorority events, passed new member education and even received my big. With every passing day, I found myself more and more proud to be Alpha Sigma Tau is the love of my life and I know that I’ll enjoy life long sisterhood forever.