“Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of.”
I’ve decided to focus my next few blogs on Sigma Kappa’s four values – friendship, loyalty, service and personal growth. This month, I will be discussing friendship and how I have had the privilege to see how our newest chapter members implement this value into their lives. I find it so impressive that such a large group of women have gone from complete strangers to friends and sisters in a matter of weeks. Friendship is so important in your collegiate and sorority experience and, thanks to Sigma Kappa, so many young women are able to find this in college.
If you look at Sigma Kappa chapters across the nation, the most successful are the chapters that were built on a strong foundation focused on friendship. Starting a new chapter is a difficult task, and so is making new friends. Joining the newest sorority on campus requires a lot of courage and individuals who are open to new experiences and people. The women at Austin Peay State University have proved to be welcoming, passionate and eager to make Sigma Kappa successful at their school. They quickly came together, connecting to their newfound sisterhood. In just three weeks, I saw a group of individuals become a family. They have already begun setting goals, entering into Greek life events, taking on leadership roles, and so much more. These new members were able to accomplish these goals because they created a strong support system for each other and the chapter built on friendship. They have enhanced my love for Sigma Kappa as I have witnessed their desire to build such powerful and meaningful relationships with one another.
Seeing these new friendships blossom reminds me of when I began my own Sigma Kappa journey just a few years ago. It seems like it was just yesterday that I accepted my bid to become a new member of Sigma Kappa. As soon as I walked in the door of the Alpha Theta chapter house at the University of Louisville, I immediately felt at home and part of the family. So many wonderful friendships were made, and so many memories were created. As I watched so many young women begin their Sigma Kappa journey at Austin Peay, all of those emotions came flooding back. I was reminded of those feelings of instantaneous friendship, sisterhood, and family. Being able to be part of the reason these women wanted to join Sigma Kappa and start a new chapter reaffirmed my decision to continue my Sigma Kappa experience as a leadership consultant. I cannot believe this is only the beginning. There is so much more work to do, and I am so excited to see where the women of Austin Peay State University take the Lambda Iota chapter of Sigma Kappa over the next six months.