Updated: May 1, 2019
Hey ya'll! My name is Hannah Matejowsky and I'm from the big town of Ruston, La. Born and raised here, I went to Ruston High School, but didn't travel too far for college. As a freshman going through orientation I was nervous about what college was all about. How hard the classes really were? Would I make awesome friends to make up for the ones who moved away to college? Out of all the things I was unsure of, I did know one thing: I wanted to go through recruitment.
I went into recruitment thinking I knew exactly what I was signing up for: a new group of friends, something to keep me busy, and a way for me to branch out in college. But geez was I ever wrong. Going through recruitment gave me so much more than a group of friends, it gave me a sisterhood. You all are reading and you're probably saying okay, well whats the difference? A sisterhood has given me accountability for both my actions and my academics, it has given me a group of friends that will be my side forever, it has given me confidence to step out of my comfort zone and to be proud not only to wear my letters but to be me.
On bid day of 2016 I was so hopeful to read the two words Kappa Delta that I quite literally ripped my bid card in half. #lol Little did I know that this was only the beginning. The beginning of the best four years of my life. At one of our first new member meetings, I clearly remember Corre Stegall explaining to us that Kappa Delta will not lower its standards to fit yours, but will require you to rise to meet those of its circle. Can I just say #deep. That statement is a mantra of our chapter and could not be more true. Kappa Delta will challenge you inside and out.
Now thats not to say that at times I wasn't worried that I wouldn't find my place here, because it's true. It can be easy to feel like you're just a face in the crowd of about 200 beautiful, smart, and confident women. But no worries, thats not the truth. Believe it or not, I realized that everyone has a place in KD, sometimes it just takes a little longer to find it.
My sophomore year I found the most perfect little. Fun fact: we went to high school together but never talked once, and now we are the best of friends. Funny how Kappa Delta brought me the bestie I never knew I needed!
That year I took on the job of Assistant PR, under the wonderful, Madison Kaufman. Let's just say I was pumped. I was thrilled to take part in a job where I could not only do some cool things on social media, but also realize how badly I wanted to be on council.
Applying for council is a nerve-racking process to say the least and an honor at the most. This year, when I found out I was the new Vice President of Public Relations I was ecstatic. I was so happy to be able to play such a small role in the big picture of the Alpha Chi chapter, to make new friends, and use my position to invest in the sisterhood.
While it might sound cheesy, Kappa Delta has a way of building confidence and inspiring action in its members. It has a way of pushing you out of your comfort zone and asking way more of you than you thought you could handle. It has a way of bringing people together and lifting people up. But most importantly, it has a way of indebting you to the sisterhood because of all it has given to you. Kappa Delta has given me the best of friends and the best of opportunities. It has given me way more than I ever thought was possible from a house and 200 girls to fill it. It has given me role models and mentees, successes and failures.
In the creation of this blog and when I was in desperate need of some inspiration, Avery Bryan, former 10/10 VP PR, read me a quote by one of Kappa Delta's founders, Lenora Ashmore Blackiston: "Out of such pure and simple beginnings grow great and wonderful things." Lenora never knew what Kappa Delta would become, but its sisterhood sure has turned into something wonderful.
My first undertaking is this site, which I am so happy to finally have up and running! Stay tuned because we have so much in store on not only social media but here on the blog! We hope that our readers can vividly see what I'm explaining when I say that our sisterhood it oh so special.
Love and AOT,