Hello all, welcome to 2013! Thank goodness the world is still here (silly Mayans) because a lot of work was done in the fall to prepare the largest colony (to date) to be installed. I wanted to start off 2013 reflecting on the excitement that comes with the installation of a new chapter. In December, the Epsilon Mu chapter had a massive initiation and installation weekend that was truly a feast for maroon and lavender lovers everywhere. Below is my “speech” given at Epsilon Mu’s installation brunch that I wanted to share with you all. The experience of a new chapter beginning is a lot like that of a new year beginning. You don’t know exactly what it will hold, but you are excited about the adventure ahead.
To get the full feel of the experience insert a little whimper (I am a crier!) about every two sentences.
“Yesterday, our secrets were revealed to you. The true meaning of Sigma Kappa was spoken and now we all share in a sacred bond that has existed for over 130 years. Every time a ritual event takes place or our history is discussed, Sigma Kappas attempt to understand what our Founders went through as they began our Sorority. Five young women, the only women at Colby College, were in search of a support system like none other to help them strive for their goals, burn 1.2 calories a second in laughter, and maybe, just maybe, they would change women’s lives at Colby. Little did they know that they would change thousands of women’s lives as a result.
Today, we celebrate you all. We celebrate you all coming to Mizzou, striving for excellence in scholastics, student organizations, and now this Sorority. As you all have studied our history and learned about our founders, I challenge you to think about how you all relate to them in a way that few women, actually only colony members can relate.
Just like our founders, you came to college looking for something special – it was not already on campus, so you created it. You have faced the challenges of starting something new, and you are now reaping the rewards tenfold.
When you opened that bid card back in September, you thought your lives had changed. But yesterday marked a new phase for you – your collegiate time in Sigma Kappa. I promise you there will be tears, heartache, drama, strife, struggle, and a few messes to clean up now and then. But with those tears come the tears of joy, with the strife comes triumph, with the struggle will come a comedy of errors that you just can’t help laugh at. And out of it all, you will find everything that has been promised to you will come to fruition. I promise you will find your best friends, your roommates, your cheerleaders, your challengers, and maybe even your stereotypical sorority girl bridesmaids. You will share in each other’s successes and you will be there to pick each other up for the failures because that is what sisters do.
Sisterhood is a beautiful thing that few get to experience. It is a bond that can last a lifetime if you put the time into it and allow it to affect you like nothing else. You have made history, together, forever. You step now onto campus not as a colony, but as Epsilon Mu Chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority. There is a great deal of responsibility that comes with it, but there is a heck of a lot of fun too.
You will stay up until 2 am when you should be studying for a test, watching YouTube videos and Hulu. You will attempt to make popcorn, burn it to a crisp, and then set the fire alarm off. You will laugh until your insides hurt and you will look around one day and just get it. You will get why all of the hard work and time was worth it. You will see what you have built and one day you will be talking to a young new member with hope, because she, one day, will get it too.
Congratulations to you all. Your journey is just beginning and it is the most rewarding feeling to stand before you and look at you all with joy, pride and hope because you are all my sisters and together we are striving to live for our founders and as our founders did – one heart, one way.”