I’m not sure where to start off, as the blessings and opportunities you have put into my life are endless and everlasting. If you told me when I was a senior in high school that I was about to embark on the most incredible journey of my life with 400 of my closest friends, I wouldn’t have believed you.
I came to The University of Alabama not knowing a single soul. I’m from a small town in Missouri where not many people go 12 hours away for college. I was excited to start a new chapter in my life, but was nervous about leaving my best friends from back home. I heard a lot of excellent things about Greek life at Alabama, so deciding to go through sorority recruitment was a no brainer. Honestly, my whole recruitment experience was a blur due to the long, crazy days. But one thing has always stood out to me, even three years later. I didn’t have to be someone I wasn’t when I walked into Delta Zeta; I was able to take a deep breath, relax, and be myself. Opening that envelope on bid day and seeing “Delta Zeta” on the bid card will be a memory I will never forget.
Since that incredible day, I have accomplished more in college than I ever thought I would.
I have been blessed to serve on Delta Zeta’s Executive Board as Academic Chairman for two years now. Serving on this incredible board with 10 other young ladies like myself has taught me how to be a problem-solver and to look at each situation from all perspectives. I have become more determined and driven than I ever was. I love helping others out in any way possible, and being Academic Chairman has done just that.
When I tell people I live in a sorority house with 44 other women, they look at me like I’m crazy! But they have no idea how much each of these ladies mean to me. From the early morning study sessions to the late night movie marathons, I know my sisters are always there for me. As our beloved house on 900 Magnolia Drive is being rebuilt into a beautiful castle, we had to move into a temporary swing house this past January. I think I can speak for everyone when saying we were all nervous if this house would feel the same as our Delta Zeta home. 900 Magnolia held over 50 years of secrets, tears, and laughter in those walls; something that is irreplaceable.
As important as these things are, the true blessings are my sisters. The sisterhood I share with each of you is so special to me. I know I always have someone to laugh with, cry with, celebrate with, and dance around at 2 in the morning with. When I look at all my sisters, I see my future bridesmaids. I see my forever friends. I see us being old and still laughing at the same jokes we laugh at now. If it wasn’t for Delta Zeta, I’m not sure I would have ever known what true friendship is like. And for that, I am forever indebted to you.
So, thank you Delta Zeta. You have truly made me a better person and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me this year!
Megan Welker PC’14