Happy Birthday to Chi Omega! 116 years ago today, 5 amazing women gather together and formed the most amazing sorority out there. I am blessed and honored to say that I am a Chi Omega sister. This sisterhood not only introduced me to the most amazing women (and best friends) that I know, it truly provided me with a place to feel at home and to be my true self.
I do not have the typical sorority story. I did not do formal recruitment as a freshman. I actually had no intentions of joining a sorority. Yes, I always knew it would be fun but I didn't think it would be for me. However, I was fortunate enough to be very good friends with a handful of Chi O's in my early years at USF. Not until my junior year did I decide that I would join. And I still never did recruitment. I got COB'd on Bid Day (after all the festivities). I will never forget Connie asking me for my address and handing me my bid card (which I have framed). It was the first day that I met my Big. From that moment on, I knew in my heart that I found where I truly was meant to be.
And even though I was an older sister in my pledge class, I never once felt like I didn't belong. It was comfortable and familiar. Granted my parents didn't understand it (and probably don't understand it to this day) but they supported it as much as they could. I wore my letters with pride, just as I do today as I wear my lavalier in honor of Founders Day. I couldn't begin to fathom why I waited so long to join the best group of women I've ever met (and probably will ever meet in my life).
Leaving my sisters and my chapter when I transfered schools was the hardest thing I've had to do. But my sisters were there for me. I still have a strong group of Chi Omega women in my life who I am so thankful for!
My husband doesn't understand it but I'm okay with that. The love I have for Chi Omega is so strong and I value all that it's given me. It was a dream of mine to have a Legacy and I finally have her. I can't wait to share my love for Chi Omega with her.
Thank you sisters of Theta Theta. You opened up your arms to me and embraced me for forever. I cherish all the memories and friendships that I've made. You helped me realize and embrace the woman I was meant to be and supported me on my journey to becoming that woman. I don't know where I would be without all of you!
I was in college before the digital camera craze so I only have a few pictures scanned into the computer. I have loads more in photo albums. Here are just some of my amazing sisters:
|My amazing Carnation Family! MBS, me, MLS, MGL, and my GGL|
|Pics from great Chi Omega times!!!!|
"Loyalty under any and all circumstances"
Happy Birthday to my little brother too! I can't believe my baby brother is 22 already.