Dear Senior Sister

Dear senior sister,

I think it is safe to assume that the last weeks of your senior year did not go as you expected. Campus closures, online classes and canceled events have changed everything over the last couple of months.

As I thought about all the things you likely did not get to experience, I wanted to share with you some words of wisdom about what’s still in store for you, what alumnae life in Alpha Chi Omega looks like. While we have all heard the phrase “it’s not four years, it’s for life” many times, it can be hard to visualize what that looks like in something other than a catchy phrase.

I want you to think about all the things Alpha Chi Omega has given you. Laughter. Hugs. Maybe even some tears. Accomplishment. Success. Struggles. Triumphs. Can you even begin to count the minutes or hours spent consoling a sister or being consoled yourself? Showing up and cheering for your sister, holding her hand or studying until the wee hours of the morning together? While you lost many of your “lasts” as a collegian, all that time spent was not in vain. Those are the moments that set you up for this lifetime of sisterhood. Alpha Chi Omega only becomes more special and meaningful as your life continues after graduation.

Alumnae across the country wanted to share with you their words of wisdom about life, Alpha Chi Omega and what things may come next, and I wanted to pass along a few of my favorites to you!

“Don’t be afraid to learn when you stumble.”
“Follow your heart and don’t compare your career or life decisions to anyone else’s. You will get where you want to be.”
“Give yourself time to adjust to a new career, but never, ever settle!”
“Alpha Chi Omega doesn’t stop after college! Get in touch with your local alumnae chapter and find new ways to be involved!”
“Graduation is not just the day you walk across the stage, it’s the many years of hard work and late nights you put in. Look back on this time and remember how you got to this point in your life and be proud of all you have accomplished!”

And, my personal favorite pearl of wisdom:

“Life is like photography: focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, take another shot!”

Right now, you may feel as though you have lost something very meaningful in your life, but I want to assure you, you have actually gained a whole network of alumnae sisters and opportunities. This sisterhood is strength everlasting and will be here for you always.

During our #AXOSeniorSendOff event, National President Angela Costley Harris shared something that I found to be so meaningful. She said, “Remember the excitement of your bid day, being welcomed home. Now you are being welcomed home again, to your lifelong Real. Strong. Women. Experience.”

Welcome to this beautiful side of our sisterhood. Your alumnae sisters are here with open arms and cannot wait to see what you do next.

Loyally in our bond,
Celia McClure (author of the Symphony), probably 🙂