By: Shelby Scott PC '15
Coming to The University of Alabama as an out of state freshman in 2015, I wanted so badly to find a group of people that I could connect with immediately in a community I was utterly unfamiliar with. I have always been the kind of girl who cares deeply about her academic success, and this trait was not going to change for me once I began college either. There is a huge stereotype placed on sorority women regarding their academic performance, and I’m here to tell you for a fact that that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I came to The University of Alabama as a pre-nursing major, with high hopes of making my way into the competitive nursing program. I knew this feat was not going to be simple, but through continuous support of my sisters, hard work, and academic programming that Delta Zeta put in place for me during this time, my dreams became a reality. Not only did Delta Zeta provide me with study partners, access to tutors, and quiet places in the house to review my school work, it also provided me a mentorship with a sister in the nursing program to offer me practical advice about the process of applying for acceptance into the nursing school. I was accepted into upper division nursing classes in March of 2016, at the end of my sophomore year. My sisters congratulated me, and supported me, as many of them knew the countless sleepless nights I had studying and quizzing myself in hopes for a couple more points on the next mornings test.
After I was accepted into my program, I thought the hardest part of my journey was passed. Boy, was I wrong. My schedule grew busier, my classes got harder, and I felt like I had very little free time. However, I’m seldom the girl to back down from a challenge. I ran, and was elected to serve as the chaplain for Delta Zeta for two years. I grew even more active in my sorority, and even closer to my sisters although my schedule had considerably less free time. My closest group of sisters and I often want to spend time with each other, as we realize we don’t have many more nights together before our impending graduation. Due to their unyielding support for me and my crazy schedule, many of our nights are spent in the common area of the sorority house with a movie on and our notebooks in front of us while we study together. The most important word of that last sentence is “together”. My friends could be doing anything else, but they continue to motivate me to be the best version of myself I can be, and offer support or a helping hand when necessary. I couldn’t be more thankful for this group of girls, they have changed my life, and offered me steadfast love and friendship when I needed it most.
I get asked all the time how I balance by social life, and my rigorous school demands. People ask how I can possibly have time to make good grades, while also being heavily involved in Delta Zeta. The answer to that is easy; Delta Zeta has provided me with a wonderful support system of sisters who are like minded to me, and fervent in their academic endeavors. Delta Zeta has also been my biggest cheerleader, and my safest home when things don’t seem to play in my favor. I’m truly comfortable here; I am allowed to be unapologetically me. If I said college has been easy, that would be a lie. However, the support of my sisters has made it all worthwhile, and helped me succeed even when it seemed impossible. I am so thankful that Delta Zeta has taught me real world skills, and offered me the support system that I truly needed during my academic years and beyond.
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