When I told my mom last semester that I was accepting a snap bid from Kappa Kappa Gamma, she laughed. Not out of derision or ill intent, but because it was so wholly unexpected that I would go Greek.
I came into my freshman year at Hillsdale College fully anticipating that I would graduate in four years without even rushing. I couldn’t understand why someone would want to pay a lot of money to be told what to do.
This feeling wavered when some of my friends rushed fraternities during freshman year. I saw what they had gotten out of the Greek system, even in just a few weeks.
Still, I figured, rushing a sorority was different and more involved and definitely not for me.
Then I started meeting the women.
It wasn’t until late sophomore year that I realized I wanted to go Greek–and not only Greek, but Kappa in particular.
I happened to be in a voice class with four Kappas. And as we suffered this class together (and I truly do mean suffer), we became friends. One day, as I looked around the room, it clicked for me.
Every woman on campus that I admired, looked up to, and wanted to be friends with was a Kappa.
When people ask why I joined a sorority, I say it’s because I loved the women in it. It’s a simple answer for something so much more. Being in a sorority is a choice.
Every day, I choose to love, to be patient, to show support. Every day, I choose to push myself, to be loyal, to be a sister.
Every day, I choose to be a Kappa.
Am I sharing my story now because we’re in the middle of rush week? Yes. But I also think it’s an important story to share.
I never expected to go Greek. Even my closest friends were genuinely surprised when I put on letters. In some ways, I was surprised myself.
Everyone’s path home is different. Everyone takes their own time.
Being in Kappa–or any sorority–is more than living in a pretty house or taking pictures with your big. It’s more than formals or “throw what you know.”
It’s about choosing to love your sisters and to let yourself be loved by them.
Happy Rush Week. Go Greek.