Letter from the Chapter
It’s truly a special moment for me to be up here tonight with all of you. Since I pledged Sigma Kappa in 2013, I have watched many of my older Sigma Kappa sisters give this speech and represent our chapter with the grace and poise it deserves. To think that tonight and throughout this recruitment I get to represent the chapter which has given me so much is a true honor and I could not be happier. I am so excited to be here and to welcome the class of 2019 to UMass! I am thrilled that you ladies have decided to go greek this fall. I know it was the absolute best decision I could have made during my first months at UMass. But take it from me, I had literally no clue what I was doing. My roommate dragged me through, my roommate who was signed up for recruitment in the May before we even arrived on campus. “Sigma what?” I was clueless. Little did I know that I would end up finding something so much bigger than myself and joining a group of girls that I would later call my family. It was Fall 2013 and I remember sitting down with this random girl from Sharon mass who kept making the weirdest faces at everyone and laughing obnoxiously loud. We bonded over our love of camp and the color black, small things on the surface but important nonetheless. We came from completely different worlds and had only known each other for a few weeks, but after every chat we had I felt like I had found my missing piece. This girl would later become my big, my lifeline, and someone I know I will be able to count on, not just for the rest of the time we have at school together, but for the rest of our lives. And it wasn’t just her I had this amazing connection with that continues to grow- there was an underlying bond like this with almost every girl in our chapter, even those I differed from greatly. I loved this about SK from the very beginning. The second I realized that I was surrounded by such a diverse group of girls, I knew I was home. A group of women who use their different backgrounds and talents to better each other and support one another is something I have always wanted to find in a best friend, and I was lucky enough to find that ninety times over. Sigma Kappa is not just a name, or a house, or a t-shirt. We're not entirely what we look like on the surface, or the letters that we wear, or the pictures we take. We’re the late night Chipotle runs, the summer nights in Manhattan, the lake weekends in the Pocchonos, the morning coffee walks to Rao’s and the late afternoon chill sessions on the Purples- it couldn’t be realer. It goes deeper than that, it's deeper than the normal friendship or relationship. It’s a bond unlike any other. Sigma Kappa is a support system that will never fail to lift you up when you’re a down. It’s a hand to hold when the road gets slippery, a shoulder to lean on when the weight gets too heavy, a closet to borrow from when that dress is just not working, and smile that will always be waiting for you when you walk through the doors of 19 Allen. It is here where I found everything I could have ever wanted and it was nothing that I expected. As my college career moves along, I reflect on who I was when I started and where I stand now. I started college scared and nervous to say the least, but once I came running through the doors of 19 Allen on my bid day, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I now stand taller than I ever have, confident and strong because I know that no matter what I do or say, I always have ninety amazing women backing me up in every way. And to say that I am also that support for each of them, there is just no better feeling. Sigma Kappa is a road where you start off crawling and leave in a full blown sprint. It’s a choice that will only encourage you to be the best version of yourself possible. It's when you decided to find your person and you ended up finding ninety of them. It sounds cliche and I’ll be the first one to say it, but it’s true. All of it. There is no rhyme or reason for why it works but it does. I am so happy I made the decision to go greek, without it I wouldn’t have found these women, this home, and such a true happiness I never thought I had in me.