By: Samantha Emerson (Beta, Albion College)
This January, I become a new member of Alpha Chi Omega. Now, I don’t want to get all sappy or anything, but joining Alpha Chi is seriously one of the best things to ever happen to me. Before I joined, I had some friends, but I wouldn’t say I was super close with any of them. I also pretty much just did homework all the time; there wasn’t anything else for me to do, so why not? After joining the house, however, I not only gained 40-50 sisters, but I also gained 40-50 best friends. I have never met such a fun, supportive, strong group of women in my entire life, and I am inspired by them every single day. As a freshman, I look to our seniors in complete admiration; I hope I can carry myself with the grace and fierceness that they do when I am their age. I also find myself NEVER being alone or bored. My girl gang is always by my side when I need them! Plus, there’s never a dull moment in Alpha Chi… I swear, there is always someone down to do whatever you’re doing with you. Whether it’s studying for a big chemistry exam, having a movie and spa night, or just needing a shoulder to cry (or laugh) on, there is always a girl in the house who is willing to help. It’s the best feeling in the world to know you have such a strong support system standing behind you, it definitely makes Albion seem a little less scary.
In addition, Alpha Chi has helped me grow so much as a woman. I’ll be honest, it can be intimidating coming to college from a small town, all alone, not knowing a single person. Confidence was a struggle for me these first couple months at Albion; I really didn’t feel like I had a place, and I often doubted if I had made the right choice by coming here. Then, like an angel sent from heaven, Alpha Chi entered my life. I remember how extremely happy I was after attending their first recruitment event; I felt like I had already found my home. These girls have helped me gain so much confidence in myself, have helped me stand up for what I believe in, and have helped me realize what it means to be a real, strong woman. I can’t thank them enough. I’m not even an active, initiated member yet and I’m already so in love with Alpha Chi Omega, the girls who call it home alongside me, and everything the sorority stands for. I can’t wait for the years to come, but most importantly, I can’t wait to seek the heights with all my best friends by my side.