I’m a third generation Chi Omega (second gen here at A&M #whoop) and I grew up as an only child. I never had any sisters, but I grew up hearing from my mom and grandmother about the friendships they made in Chi O that lasted long after college graduation. They talked about the women that loved them through loss, disease, divorce, and celebrated with them the greatest of times life has had to offer. I know a lot of these women, and man oh man do I want to grow up to be like them.
The main thing I have sought in college is friendship, and I have found it abundantly here in Chi O. These girls are more than just friends—they really are my sisters. The women in this chapter have challenged me to grow as a person, a leader, and as a daughter of Christ. I love Jesus more because these women have showed me how. They have loved me and supported me when my insecurities get ahold of me—speaking truth into my life when I could only hear lies. They have shown me what it looks like to balance school, work, and relationships. They have shown me that there is no such thing as a “cookie cutter Chi O” because we are all incredibly different, but so incredibly loved.
Time really flies in college, because today I woke up and realized my junior year is halfway over and I could’ve sworn my bid day was just a couple months ago. I don’t know where I would be without the love, laughter, and support (and clothes!) that I have found here in the Xi Kappa chapter of Chi Omega. I have learned so much from those older than me, and I can only hope to make a fraction of that difference in the lives of the women younger than me. These women (especially the best pledge class ever #phitilidie) embrace me and my eccentricities, whether that’s my affinity for coffee mugs, my geeking out about Harry Potter, my undying love for elephants, or the fact that I read history books for fun. They are my friends, roommates, Bible study companions, and midnight snack buddies. They are shoulders to cry on, hands to hold, and smiles to rejoice in. They are poets, artists, accountants, teachers, engineers, and servants. They are my sisters.
I am so blessed to have found my tribe. I love these women something fierce.