In Delta Zeta, I found not only a big sister, but also a best friend. Ashley and I, ironically, had grown up going to the same school. Being older than me, we knew of each other but did not know each other personally. Throughout recruitment, I saw Ashley on several occasions when I came in to the Delta Zeta Castle. She always waved and smiled, which gave me a little comfort during such a hectic week. It was nice to see a familiar face on my first week away from home. On Bid Day, I was ecstatic when I opened my bid to see that I was running home to Delta Zeta. Upon arriving at the house, Ashley was holding my sign and welcomed me home. It immediately felt comfortable to see such a familiar face, although we had never known each other personally in school. Coming from the same home town gave Ashley and me an instant connection. As the fall semester progressed, Ashley and I grew closer. We bonded over pizza (lots of it!) and laughed about stories from our home town. It was so crazy how Delta Zeta brought me so close to someone in a matter of months, who had lived down the street from me my entire life. Freshman year is a whirlwind of emotions, but I knew Ashley was always there for me. When we went home for summer, we hung out all the time. We literally lived three minutes away from each other, and never would have known it if it was not for Delta Zeta.
Not only did I find a big and a roommate, but I also found a best friend. Someone who had been around my entire life, but it took moving to college for her to become my best friend. Ashley was a rock to me freshman year. She encouraged me to get involved both in and out of DZ, was there for me when the days were hard, and celebrated the triumphs with me on the best of days. We have so many silly memories, whether it be singing throwbacks in the car, obsessing over her dog when we get distracted from studying, or yelling at each other from our bedrooms when we are too lazy to get up and go to talk to each other. While we have only been friends for a year, we have enough memories to last a life time. Ashley is the most hilarious, thoughtful, and lively person I know, and I’m so thankful to have her as my Big and roommate. So thank you, Delta Zeta, for making my down the street neighbor, my best friend.
<3 Emily Truchon
Official blog of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Zeta at the University of Alabama.