Three years ago when I decided to go through recruitment, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As sorority women, we talk a lot about how people join people, but for me, I joined a feeling. When I walked into KD I had this gut feeling, a feeling that something was right.
The woman who I talked to during preference rounds didn’t have to say much for me to know that I was home. There was nothing that she said that made me think, “This is where I need to be.” There was just a feeling.
I had this feeling long before I went through recruitment. I remember talking to Kappa Deltas at the activity fair and loving the Confidence Coalition when they told me about it. I also reached out to a friend from church that had attended Ball State and I had asked her what chapter she was in. She told me she was a Kappa Delta. Something felt right.
Maybe you didn’t feel that during recruitment or maybe you felt it a couple weeks later, or a year later. But I think that this place gives you a feeling in your gut that you know is right. Yes, you join for the people and you find people that enhance who you are, but Kappa Delta as an organization makes you who you are.
During my time here in Kappa Delta, I finally found a group of friends who molded me into a better Emilie. I found my best friends. Now here I am senior year, my best friends have graduated, and I’m without those people. Going into senior year, I was sad. I knew things were going to be different. But not for one moment was I sad because I thought I lost my support group, or sad because I was going to be alone. I knew that I had 100 sisters that support me, push me, and give me that feeling in my gut constantly. I joined, I stay, and this is home, because every sister who came before me and who will come after me, each one brings a feeling to this group that is unexplainable.
This place doesn’t have to be a group of friends that stand next to you on your wedding day, this place doesn’t have to be where you find “your person.” This place should be where you walk into a room of 100 women and you don’t feel so alone anymore, because you are surrounded by people that have the same values and would do anything for you, even if all they know is your name. So, thank you for giving me strength, for seeing something in me that I sometimes forget about, and for allowing me to find my home with over 100 women. Kappa Delta is Kappa Delta because of all of us.