I had never really seen myself as the “typical” sorority girl. I don’t party. I don’t stay out late on the weekends. I definitely don’t have a million guys falling at my feet. That girl was never who I was. She just was not me.

Then, I transferred to Tennessee Tech and after countless hours spent talking myself in and out going to the first mixer, I decided to be brave. I take a deep breath, put on that dress and met all the other girls at the steps of Derryberry Hall. I was nervous, anxious, excited and a little afraid. I can say now that I am so glad I went that night.

I went through continuous nights of recruitment, meeting all five sororities and getting to know them better. I knew where I wanted home to be and on that last night of recruitment everything changed. I was so torn after going into my first sorority room. Full of tears and worry, I left the room to rejoin my Pi Chi group in the Perch. We headed up to Delta Gamma and the girls were so warm and inviting, just like they always were.

After an hour of sincere conversation, laughter and tears, I headed to the voting room on the next floor down. I made my choice, ranking my two choices and I left the room. I went home. And, I did not sleep a wink hardly. I was up bright and early the next morning, so nervous about the day ahead.

When we were given our envelope that held our bids, I couldn’t have been more nervous. As I tore it open, I started screaming, my heart full of love. Then, I got to run down those stairs of Derryberry Hall into the arms of my new sisters who were telling me, “welcome home.”

I found my home in Delta Gamma this past Sunday and in that home I have found sisters that I will have for a lifetime. I am so thankful I decided to step out of my comfort zone and dive head first into this new part of my life.

Someone once said, “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.”

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