“Hope now. Believe now. Love now.”
As I continue along my journey up and down the East coast, the leaves have begun to fall off the trees and the weather has caused me to wear my new winter coat more often. This time of year always reminds me of Thanksgiving and my travels have continued to remind me of what I have to be thankful for…
Beta Zeta, University of Maryland
Something that I was most impressed with while at Beta Zeta was the friendship that the chapter women have with one another. I had the opportunity to attend a haunted house, Homecoming soccer game and the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk while I was in town. Although I have participated in the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk for the past few years, this year was especially meaningful to me. As we walked, I had the opportunity to talk with various chapter members about their families and friends. We talked about our memories as we walked to support a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. I am grateful for my memories of the past as well as those that I continue to create this year along my journey.
Delta Pi, Lock Haven University
After a brief few days in Maryland, it was back to the lovely state of Pennsylvania for a visit to Lock Haven University. While at Lock Haven University, I had the honor of staying in the VIP house! The VIP is a five bedroom home located on campus that organizations can rent out for when they have visitors in town. I thoroughly enjoyed my VIP status while I was in town. More so than being a VIP, I enjoyed meeting the chapter members through various sisterhood events. It was apparent to me that the women truly care about one another. They want one another to be the very best versions of themselves. I had the privilege of attending two Halloween sisterhood events while I was in town and forced myself to overcome my fears of haunted houses and Halloween movies. Bonding with the chapter members reminded me of my friends back home. I am grateful that I have continued to remain close with my friends and Sorority sisters, despite the fact that we have all moved across the country.
Theta Psi, The Pennsylvania State University
Another reason why I love this time of year is because we get to celebrate the founding of our wonderful organization. I had the opportunity to celebrate Founders’ Day as well as the Week of Giving at The Pennsylvania State University. At an informal meeting the women reviewed who our founders are and the mission statement of our organization. My favorite part of the presentation was when they talked about what the values are that make our organization unique. Then, as part of their chapter’s Resp∑Kt Campaign, they brainstormed ways to live out our values in everyday life. The chapter women made it clear that even though our organization was founded 136 years ago, it is very possible for women today to continue to define our letters by living our values in our everyday actions. After the meeting, we then had a birthday party for Sigma Kappa complete with ice cream and sundae toppings! I am grateful that I am a member of a sisterhood that was founded by strong, empowering women.
Although I may be miles and miles from those that I love, there are reminders all along my travels of what I have to be thankful for everyday. What are you thankful for this year?