Updated: May 1, 2019
My name is Riley Robertson, and I am from Franklinton, Louisiana. My time as a bulldog has been nothing short of spectacular! Coming to a college four hours away from home was a huge step for me. Worry, doubt, fear, nervousness… Basically, I was a basket case of emotions! All summer leading up to my first quarter as a Tech student, I wrestled with the idea of signing up for recruitment. I was a legacy, but I questioned whether or not Greek life was for me. After attending orientation and with only a few weeks left before school started, I gave in and decided to register for recruitment. Amazing how one tiny decision can impact the rest of your life, isn’t it?
Looking back to that summer and seeing where I am now… well, WOW! Each and every day, I am thankful for the decision I made to pledge KD. Was it always easy? Of course not. I definitely struggled the first few months being in Kappa Delta. I still was not sure if it was exactly what I needed. I am not afraid to admit that I second guessed my choice as a new member many times during our Monday night stage meetings. There was always something deep down, however, that made me stay.
Eventually, we were able to rank the officer and committee positions that we wanted for the upcoming year. When the results came back, I had been chosen as a recruitment assistant. Naturally, my first reaction was, “Okay, cool. What does that mean?” I did not realize how big of a deal that actually was, but I accepted my position and went along with business as usual. I was sitting at one of our regular Sunday night meetings, and the VP-Member Education announced SET Leader applications and interviews. That is when my palms starting kind of sweating. After meeting, I followed the process: turned in my application, signed up for an interview time, and showed up for my interview at the lodge. When the interview was over, they informed us that they would call us before the meeting that night to let us know. About an hour before meeting, I got the phone call that I had been chosen as a SET Leader for the upcoming year! I really could not believe it. It was in that moment that I realized I did not just choose Kappa Delta; Kappa Delta had chosen me.
I love looking back and seeing how I got to where I am now. From recruitment assistant, to SET Leader, to recruitment assistant again. All of these positions and experiences led me to where I am now. Because of KD, I am involved in a number of on campus organizations like Student Recruiters and Peer Leadership Council. I have met the best people and have gained two of my closest friends. The cherry on top was this year when I was able to welcome my little sister, Hallie, home! I have to say, sharing that experience with her was something I will never forget, and seeing her develop the love I have for this sorority and its members has been such a joy to watch! I am beyond excited to serve the Alpha Chi Chapter as VP-Membership this year. Already, plans and preparation have begun for fall recruitment. My recruitment team and I are looking forward to an exciting year for our chapter!
Time really does fly when you are having fun! I have discovered a sisterhood full of women who have left a lasting impact on my life. Being a part of an organization that has not only allowed me to be myself, but be my best self, has been worth every second of these last two years! Kappa Delta has developed me into a strong leader, it has pushed me to grow in my faith, and it has helped me become the person I am today. The second part of Luke 12:48 says, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” Through the ups and the downs, KD has remained faithful to me and has given me more than I ever thought possible. My hope and my prayer is that I can do the same.