All my life I attended small schools, so attending a university this large was quite the leap of faith. I was nervous I would not fit in, that I would not find my niche. I went back and forth about participating in recruitment, but I have to say that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. For me, the week was not stressful; it was full of new people and experiences. At the end of tiring recruitment week I ran to my now home away from home, Delta Zeta. The first semester was hard as I found myself feeling like I did not belong. That soon changed when I realized how open and welcoming this group of girls is. I broke out of my shell and allowed myself to be consumed by the fun, support, and positivity Delta Zeta has to offer.
My next leap of faith came the following fall when I decided to run for Treasurer, and I must say holding this position is quite a blessing and a curse. I have learned more from these past seven months as Treasurer as I have in a long time. It has really opened my eyes to the realities and truths of what it takes to be in a sorority, especially one at this magnitude. It may seem like a lot of money for people that do not understand, but without it we could not do all the fun stuff. We are so lucky to have food, date parties, sisterhood events, and so much more that allows us to bond with our sisters, making all the money worth it. At times it makes me hate sorority life, but then I allow myself to take a step back to understand all Delta Zeta has given me. It is a lot to run an organization of 300+ people, but that makes it all the more special. This is not just a social club, but a way to grow and find yourself; just as I did. Delta Zeta offers so much while also teaching each one of us how to balance fun and responsibilities- financial and school. Being Treasurer is not one of the fun, glamorous jobs sorority life has to offer, but it has taught me a lot and I now realize I would not change this experience for anything. It has helped me mature, grow, and understand how hard it is to manage your finances, while trying to have fun and please everyone. It is not easy.
Thank you Delta Zeta for giving me all the opportunities in the world, and allowing me to grow into a much better person because of it.
Official blog of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Zeta at the University of Alabama.