Imagine life without your favorite food. You’re picturing your food now, aren’t you? Chocolate covered strawberries? Pretzels? Nutella? Okay, great. Now you’re hungry. Sorry about that. Anyway, back to the point. Picture life without it. Live-able, maybe, but boring, lacking, and sad…right?
That’s life without Tri Delta for me. And four years ago, no one in the world would have been able to convince me that a sorority would be as important to me as chocolate covered strawberries. Okay, silly analogy. But you get it, right? Tri Delta is not, and never has been my whole life - only one of the best parts of it. It has molded me, shaped me (much like chocolate covered strawberries can if you have too many..okay, stopping with the food analogies right now, promise), and helped me to become the woman I am.
When I arrived on Creighton’s campus on my 18th birthday in 2009, I hadn’t yet bought into it. Months later, in the height of a nasty Nebraska winter and incredibly hard first-semester college classes, I definitely hadn’t bought into it. Something, however, caught my eye and sparked my heart the second week of second semester my freshman year. Autumn Wang and Allison Lackey sitting at a table littered with blue and gold, deltas and hearts, and passion. Lots and lots of passion. There was something about these two Tri Delta women that I wanted for myself, that I wanted to be for myself. And so, I did.
It wasn’t all pansies and dolphins from there. It never is. Three officer positions, lots of meetings, too much sonic (sorry…food is important, ok?), and too many smiles and laughs to count later, I was completely sold. I had bought in. I had given it my all. I had helped found a chapter. I had helped share that passion. I was in, truly, madly, deeply. And that wasn’t all. Tri Delta had given back to me. I found in Tri Delta the woman I am today – a stubborn, type-A, sometimes too bossy (fine…all the time), driven, passionate leader – someone I never knew that I could become. But what’s better is that Tri Delta gave me a family. Being 600 miles away from the sisters I had from birth, I was given sisters that I could share every day with – every tear with, every laugh with, and every sonic mozzarella stick with (okay, we had to buy our own because who wants to share 5 mozzy sticks, like really?). I found the women I would text when I woke up every morning, every night, every time something exciting happened to me, every time I was pissed, and every time I needed to drive around screaming Taylor Swift to get through the hard times. I found my bridesmaids (don’t hold your breath for the wedding, though, people, this is a hypothetical), my maid of honor, my can’t-live-withouts, my can-always-count-ons, my life. Tri Delta gave me all the best parts of life.
I am who I am because of the women in my beloved Tri Delta chapter. Epsilon Mu has believed in me, pushed me, challenged me, and saved me, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Imagining my life without Tri Delta is nearly impossible, and it’s so much worse than simply a life without chocolate covered strawberries. Thank you to Epsilon Mu, for becoming my family.