Updated: May 1, 2019
My name is Sarah Beth Sewell and I am from Haughton, Louisiana. Going through recruitment was an idea that I had never given a second thought. I was going to school to get an education and make a few friends along the way. As far as I was concerned, I did not have time to be bothered with all of the obligations of a sorority. Towards the end of the summer before I came to Louisiana Tech I was convinced to go through recruitment and not pledge just to meet people. On the first day I was hooked, and I knew that this was something I wanted to have in my life. I immediately fell in love with Kappa Delta. I found that the girls genuinely cared about me and made me feel important. When it was time to make my final rankings, it was not even a question. That day I ran up the lane to a new home and a huge new family. It was one of the best days of my life.
My entire life I begged and prayed for a sister, but after the fifth brother I gave up all hope of ever having one. Little did I know that when I pledged KD I would gain sisters that would stick by me on my best and worst days. They have taught me that’s what sisterhood is. It’s finding people who stay, even when staying is not easy. In my first few weeks in house I found Rachel, a true soul sister that later became my big, and she has made my KD experience so much more than I could have ever imagined. She encouraged me to get involved within Kappa Delta. She was my biggest cheerleader when I decided to perform in step show and my greatest advisor when I decided to try out to be a SET Leader.
In the spring quarter of my freshman year, I tried out to be in Songfest. Not only did I get to be in the show, but I was chosen for a lead role. It was in these couple of months of practice that I began to build relationships with girls I had never even talked to before. These three-hour long practices were the highlight of my day, and I saw how much fun you could have while working your tail off. We laughed, we cried, and I even ended up tearing a few ligaments in my ankle. Performing that night may be the most fun I have ever had in my life. The whole chapter was cheering for us, and I had never felt so supported. We took home first place, and I could not have been prouder of my sisters that had worked so hard to make the show great. In the weeks after, everyone in the chapter made it a point to tell me how great we did and help me get around on my crutches.
My first recruitment in house was a complete blast, and I fell even more in love with KD. I wanted a bigger role within the sorority and had to give back. I got the opportunity to do that by being a SET leader this fall, and I fell in love with the new pledge class, especially my perfect little, Savannah. Mentoring them has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done, and now I get to do it again on a larger scale as the new VP Member Education. Being on council has already been so rewarding, and my fellow council members are becoming some of the sweetest friends. I am beyond excited to show the next pledge class how great this sorority truly is. The sisterhood I never thought I wanted is turning me into the woman God always intended for me to be. Kappa Delta has pushed me to be confident and to love others well. The girls in house have also helped me to grow in my faith. I believe in what Kappa Delta does for all of its members, and I am so thankful to be a part of it. It is truly one of those things that gets sweeter with time.