Helping a New Chapter as an Alumna of a New Chapter


As I watch my residential chapter work through their second year of existence, I have been continually reminded of my own college experience. I know those pains; I’ve been through those struggles. I know how frustrating it is when someone belittles your sorority experience because you’re part of the “new sorority”. I know how disheartening it is when your rush crush joins another organization instead of giving your chapter a chance. I’ve felt the impossibility of getting to know the entire colony class, of starting a chapter entirely from scratch, and of getting your feet under you long enough to actually enjoy your sorority experience. In short, I’m familiar with the doubt as to whether or not all the inconvenience is worth it.


I’m here to tell you: it is. It’s all worth it because eventually, you get to complete your first recruitment and see new women join your sisterhood. As an added bonus, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing they won’t have to struggle like your new member class did. It’s worth it because someday you’ll get a little, that perfect little you’ve always dreamed of, to obsess and worry over to your heart’s content. It’s all worth it because you’ll start to see the small wins your chapter gets, and then the big wins will come along as well. It’s worth it because someday, in the far off future, you’ll get to stand in front of your chapter sobbing at senior wills, talking about how much the chapter means to you and how you’ll never be able to explain your experience to anyone else. It’s worth it because you get to lay the foundation of your chapter for women to enjoy for decades to come, and what could be more rewarding than that?


I know it’s not easy. I know it’s incredibly frustrating. I know it feels like you’re making no headway, but just hold on. Time will show you just how impactful all your hard work will be, and you’ll have so much more to show from your sorority experience than if it had been an easy trial. Figuring things out is difficult, and always being in survival mode isn’t fun, but getting to help direct your chapter towards being the best sorority it can be is an amazing experience, so enjoy it!


All the love from a fellow colony class member,


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