Thank you. Those are the only two words in the entire English language that can even remotely portray how appreciative I am of you. As a senior who is graduating in less than a month, I am overcome everyday with emotional memories of the past four years. You do not know what you have done for me.
As potential new members without a sorority to call home, you come to the University unsure of yourself and self-conscience of your future. I was no different. We spend a week going through recruitment, which as someone who has seen the PNM, active member, and Sigma Rho Chi side of that process, it is no walk in the park for anyone. But when I opened my envelope on bid day, I was overcome with emotions that I don’t think I had ever felt before. I had gotten Delta Zeta and had been given the opportunity to represent this beautiful chapter. For that opportunity, thank you Delta Zeta.
This was the sorority that my great grandmother, grandmother, and mother had all been a part of. My mom was a graceful Delta Zeta here at Alabama who had always held her head high no matter life circumstance. When I was younger she surrounded me with her sorority sisters that feel more like Aunts and mothers than “family friends.” One even became my godmother and she means so much to me. When my mother died, those women carried me through life like that was their only priority. They loved and took care of me in a time where I was falling apart and without them I don’t know who I would be. So, for fostering such great women before me, thank you Delta Zeta.
When I was a freshman I was still immature but thought, I knew all. I find that now is the time where I consider myself a woman because that’s what Delta Zeta has done for me. When I was a freshman, someone told me “You will get out of your sorority what you put into it.” And so, I did. I started with Alpha board positions like Sunshine Chair and Mail chair and eventually made my way to becoming a Sigma Rho Chi and Delta Zeta’s Parliamentarian. Though while I was in that position, I was probably too harsh at times, but I learned so much. I had never been prouder to represent my organization. I was blessed enough to get to serve as Chaplain with another sister for a semester as well and that was a blessing in its own. These positions and what I learned through them helped me to become the woman I am now. They played an important role in that aspect and I will always be grateful to the Executive members and Alumni who supported me through that. So, for the opportunities you have afforded me, thank you Delta Zeta.
Delta Zeta you have given me so much pride and confidence through allowing me to share sisterhood with my mom’s best friends, and through giving me opportunities to grow in leadership. But you have been best to me through giving me friendships. I cannot comprehend what I have done to deserve these friendships. To meeting a sister on the first night of new member retreat who’s wedding I will be in this summer or providing me with a stubborn best friend who never gives up on me and supports me always. Delta Zeta you turned a beautiful friendship into an even more beautiful sisterhood with my little. You gave me a group of friends that stem from New York to Louisiana and in between. You have made me proud to be a woman who shares her opinions and speaks the truth while also being grateful and kind to those around me. No, you have not made me perfect but it is in that imperfection that I have found who I am. And for showing me that, I am forever in awe and blessed. You will forever be a part of me. So, dear Delta Zeta, thank you.
In the Flame,
Savannah St. Clair, PC ’13,