One of my largest hopes and prayers going into my freshmen year was to find a group of girls who would take me and love me as I am. I didn’t want to change who I was in order fit in somewhere or feel “accepted”. Freshman year is crazy—you have to figure out a completely new way of life in a new place with new people, figure out who you are, who you want to become, and go to school at the same time. I went through recruitment as a freshman, so Chi O was a part of that crazy life from the beginning. And still to this day, Chi O has been and continues to be one of the biggest blessings for me here at Texas A&M.
The women in Chi O celebrate the quirks and passions that make each and every woman unique, and that has been evident to me every. single. day. I am loved beyond compare as I am, never needing to live behind a mask to live a life other than my own. The girls I’ve gotten to know in Chi O look past my imperfections, past my weaknesses, past my failures, and celebrate the Truth of each of us—that we were created for good works! That we were born screaming with ambition! That we are women of fierce integrity and deep loyalty.
In 2016 I got the opportunity to serve our chapter as secretary, and I gained an even greater appreciation for Chi O. At the national convention last summer, Chi O Nationals revealed our new logo and slogan, “Sisters on purpose”. These three words hit me hard because they reign beyond true within the women of our chapter. Nobody is a member of Chi O on accident. We each have a purpose as a friend, as a student, as a roommate, as an accountability partner, as an adventure buddy, as an encourager, as a listener, as a storyteller, as someone to cry until you laugh with, as someone to laugh until you cry with, as a Chi O, as a sister in Christ… the list goes on and on. We are sisters with purpose and more importantly sisters on purpose.
I look back at the person I was on the first day of recruitment... I am still Kaytlen, complete with my same strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and ambitions, but I feel as if I am completely different— sharpened, challenged and encouraged by these women I cherish so deeply in Chi O. These women live with intention and are not satisfied with complacency! They defy the expectations of the world and laugh in the face of failure. Their dedication is deep-rooted. Their lives scream with zeal! I am humbled to be a part of this group of world-changing women. They are an answered prayer.