Thank you. Thank you for all of the laughs, cries, and in-betweens. College was the first time I was ever on my own and I didn’t know what to expect. Thank you for being the place that I could go to when I missed home. Thank you for being the house that was there as I looked out my Tut bedroom window. Delta Zeta has not only been a house for me, it has become my home.
I remember the first day of rush like it was yesterday. No other house stood out to me like Delta Zeta did. I knew that’s where I wanted to end up on bid day, the next four years, and for life. Each and every day I walked in to the Delta Zeta house I got more excited, but nervous hoping they loved me as much as I loved them. When I opened my bid card on bid day, it was one of the most surreal moments I have ever experienced. I was and still am so proud to wear these letters.
Thank you for all of the opportunities to get involved. Being pledge class philanthropy chair, hospitality chair and parent’s weekend chair, I had a chance to learn leadership, as well as my sisters, on a whole new level. Each sister in this sorority is so special and each are a part of a different organization. Through them, I was also able to get involved with Habitat for Humanity, Student Government, and the Center for Service and Leadership. Delta Zeta has not only helped me become involved within the sorority, but also throughout the campus and community.
Thank you to all of the cooks in the kitchen, especially Brenda and Ida for being my Alabama moms and helping me with whatever I need. Thank you for the mid-day talks in the dining room and the upstairs hallways. The staff have become my second family.
Thank you for the early mornings of homecoming and the late nights of karaoke. From sisterhood events, to formals, to late night snacking in the tv room. Thank you for my everlasting friendships; for finding my bridesmaids. Thank you to my perfect littles; for dealing with me and my craziness and making me feel like part of our own little family. Thank you to my best friends; for playing hide-and-go-seek at 3am, Easter egg hunts, and laying on the front porch at the DZ house. Thank you for the monthly visits in the summer because we can’t last that long without each other. I don’t know what I would do without them.
Lastly, thank you for making me a better person. I have learned so much about myself. Being a part of Delta Zeta has made me a much more confident, poised, and respectable person. Living in the house this past year (and this coming year again!) has taught me to never take my sisters and all of the great opportunities I have for granted. Thank you for teaching me balance. I have learned that there is always time for fun when you manage your time correctly. Delta Zeta has pushed me to want bigger and better things. It has made me want to succeed academically and strive to excel in my major, public relations, and everything else that I do. Thank you for making me want to be a better sister, a better friend, and a better person.
Marielle Mathe (PC ’14)