Before coming to The University of Alabama and going through recruitment, I had heard girls talking about their sorority as their “home”. While I didn’t know exactly what that entailed at the time, I knew I wanted to find that. Through Delta Zeta, I have found a home, but I have also found so much more. They say a house is just four walls, and that it’s what is on the inside of that house that counts. I may be a little biased, but I think we have the most beautiful four walls to create our Delta Zeta house. That being said, I can honestly say it does not compare to the almost 400 girls that make our Delta Zeta house a home. Delta Zeta is filled with some of the most brilliant, driven, diverse, loving, and fun girls I have ever met.
They say you find your bridesmaids in your sorority. The girls that will be standing by you on the biggest and happiest day of your life. But they don’t tell you about what else you’ll find. They don’t tell you about how you’ll find friends who show up with a milkshake after a tough day, or who will text you before a big exam telling you that they believe in you. Through Delta Zeta, I HAVE found my bridesmaids. More importantly, I have found a support system who will be there to celebrate every victory and be ready to fight any battle.
As I think about the past three years in Delta Zeta, I can see how my home away from home as shaped me into the person I have become. Because of the encouragement of Delta Zeta, I have applied for and held numerous leadership positions across campus. Because of Delta Zeta, I have become connected with numerous alumna who want nothing more than to see my sisters and I succeed and are willing to help in any way possible. Because of Delta Zeta, I have grown both socially and professionally.
Winnie the Pooh says it best. “We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh?” asked Piglet. ‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.” Because of Delta Zeta I have found my forever friends. If I could turn back the clock, I’d choose Delta Zeta a hundred times over.
Emily Truchon PC '16
Sophomore, PC ’18
Right after school ended, a group of 37 students and I went on a medical outreach trip to the city of Cusco, Peru with the Volunteers Around the World club. The long, over 24-hour journey to get to the Southeast of Peru which is located in the Northwestern part of South America was well worth it for the amazing trip that we all experienced.
Lucky for me, I was fortunate enough to be able to get a spot on this amazing trip. Not only did we set up medical clinics in the city of Peru, but we also all got individual chances to shadow Peruvian doctors, take vitals like blood pressure, temperature, hemoglobin and blood glucose levels, as well as work in the pharmacy where some of us, such as myself, got to administer shots to some of the patients who needed them.
Doing these things, especially when you’re in a medical setting, is extremely hard to do in the United States because of the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) laws that we have in place, but in Peru we could experience all of this and more!
Not only did we have the chance to learn from these medical experiences, but we also were given the chance to learn about the history of Peru and their culture. Some of the really fun and interesting things that a lot of us were able to take part of were:
Also on this trip were a few other Delta Zeta’s that I got to experience this trip with. Here are their stories!
Recent Graduate of 2019, Delta Zeta Alumni
“I really really liked being given the ability to pretty much act as a doctor on my own and I especially liked how we were able to give injections with the help of Rosa (a Spanish doctor that helped us in the pharmacy). I loved how the people in Peru were so connected to nature and gave offerings to Pachamama (‘The Mother Earth’ - the goddess of the Andes mountain range), but was also intrigued as to the contrast in how they so willingly polluted the Earth by littering and the amount of smog everywhere. I also liked that the doctors gave me the freedom to learn by actually doing things like Dr. Juan taught me how to listen to the abdomen and the lungs and just let me do it all by myself when I was shadowing. I felt like I got so much hands on experience with that and being able to give an injection, that was priceless.”
Recent Graduate of 2019, Delta Zeta Alumni
“I think it’s always a great learning and growing experience to go to another country and experience a different culture, especially in the way that we do through Volunteers Around the World. These trips always allow us to not only help and make a difference but also be more than just tourists in the city that we’re in and really see what other cultures are like. I really learned a lot about medicine in Peru and in general, as practice and exposure are both always helpful and great learning experiences. I also learned a lot about the people in Cusco as well and this experience was also great for practicing my Spanish too!
Overall, we went to Peru to help in the clinics and help the people in the city, but in return we learned a lot and got a ton out of it! It was a lot of fun being with the whole group and being able to explore and work in the clinic all as a team!!!”
Sophomore, PC ’18
“My trip to Peru was a once in a lifetime experience. I gained valuable information about medicine, which only made my passion for medicine and working in the medical field grow. While on the trip I learned what it was like to not only work in a clinic setting, but in a completely different part of the world with a whole different culture as well.
The experience in the clinic was fascinating. I learned first hand how to manually take blood pressure on different types of patients, I was able to test children for anemia and adults for diabetes, and I also had the chance to travel around different parts of Cusco. With this opportunity I learned about the culture in Peru, tried different types of food, and was able to learn how to bargain and use bargaining to shop. I saw Machu Picchu, which was in itself a once in a lifetime experience, as well as Lake Humantay, which was a beautiful piece of nature, but a difficult hike. Overall, the trip was one I will never forget.”
Sorority recruitment is only 2 months away, and it has me thinking of my time as a PNM. As a PNM, I found myself thinking of things I wished I’d known to bring to Tuscaloosa. First, don’t underestimate the heat of an Alabama Summer. You will sweat. I never used to sweat a lot, even during sports, and I found myself dripping after house number six on the first day. So, I’m going to make a list of things to bring to recruitment that I wish someone had made for me.
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