A Letter to Myself as a New Member

Bid day

Bianca Pino - Kappa Omicron Chapter, Florida International University
Bianca Pino – Kappa Omicron Chapter, Florida International University

Dear Bianca as a new member,

It’s you, six years from your bid day, here to tell you the journey you’re about to embark on is one of excitement, challenges, personal growth, and is once in a lifetime. You joined Sigma Kappa because for once in your life there were a group of people that saw you for who you were and accepted it. Years of being in the shadows of your friends throughout middle and high school are finally over, and now you’re wanted and loved.

It’s weird, right? I promise that every time you doubt whether you belong, I want you to realize that you do! Sigma Kappa is going to push you to be that woman you’ve dreamt of being – one that made a difference, that people looked up to, that was remembered. You are going to have six little sisters that all hold a piece of your heart and make you want to be a better person every single day. These Sigma Kappa sisters will become family – an actual family that doesn’t just stop talking to you out of nowhere or comes to you just when they need something. I know, that’s hard to believe because that’s all you’ve ever known family to be, but trust me, it’s real.

You’re going to be approached to be Webmaster as a new initiate, and you’ll probably think, “What?! Yeah right, I could never be a leader in college. I’m not good enough.” Bianca, trust me that this position is the start of your journey to self-confidence and happiness. You’ll be Panhellenic Delegate and Vice President of New Member Education soon after, already joining executive council and making an impact. Then you’ll be chapter president – yup, you will lead a chapter of close to 200 women for an entire year and even win awards like FIU Sorority Woman of the Year! You don’t believe me, huh? Well it gets better…you’ll become a Sigma Kappa Leadership Consultant. Not just for one year, but for two! Yes, all of this becomes a reality for you starting where you’re at right now.

You will go from a place of uncertainty and doubt, to self-confidence and leadership. I want you to know that although you don’t see your own potential in this moment, Sigma Kappa sees it for you and will get you to believe it for yourself. You’re going to go through so many things as you go on this journey: problems at home, loss of friends and family, moments of wanting to quit and retreat back to that dark place of self-doubt…but I want you to know you will overcome each moment of adversity. Each moment truly does contribute to all the successes I mentioned before; it leads you to be who I am just six years later. So enjoy your time as a new member and get ready for the next few years, because this journey as a Sigma Kappa is about to change who you are to the core.

Your dreams will finally come true.


Bianca as a Leadership Consultant

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