There I was, ripping open the seal of my letter from Alabama, anxiously waiting to see “Congratulations!” at the top of the page. Suddenly, I realized my dreams were coming true. Now I faced the inevitable question for many girls preparing for college, “Are you going to rush?” Honestly, I didn’t know. I knew that Greek life was a huge part of Alabama, like many other schools, but was it for me? I have never seen myself as the “sorority type”, and with no family member being connected to Greek life, I really wasn’t sure what I was in for. Alabama’s Greek life is the largest in the country! After giving it a great deal of thought, I finally decided what the heck? I couldn’t assume it wasn’t for me without at least trying it out?
After months of preparation, it was finally time, and I was ready for my first day of rush. It seemed intimidating and every possible insecurity raced through my mind. What if I wasn’t good enough? Smart enough? Stylish enough? What if I said the wrong things? Having come to Alabama from Northern Virginia, I just wanted a place to feel like home, especially being so far from my home. The moment I stepped into Delta Zeta, I felt an instant sense of comfort. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. It was diverse and unique, yet there was a commonality. I felt the girls I talked to actually wanted me there and wanted to engage in a real conversation with me. It felt like home, which was exactly what I needed- a place to call my own.
Choosing Delta Zeta was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have met so many amazing people that will be my lifelong friends. I really do not know where I would be without such a supportive group of women. It is up to everyone in a chapter to make it a loving and happy place to run “home” to. That’s what Delta Zeta is to me, my home away from home, and I’m so grateful to have this group of ladies to do college life with. Being a “sorority girl” has been an amazing experience. Every woman brings her individual qualities, and together we weave them into a beautiful tapestry. It takes a strong sisterhood to accept every kind of woman for who they are, and DZ has done just that. Looking back now I do not know what my freshman year would have been like without this amazing sisterhood, and I cannot wait to see what the next three years bring!
Official blog of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Zeta at the University of Alabama.