Updated: Apr 30, 2019
When I ran down the lane on bid day, I couldn’t help but feel both nervous and excited. In my Kappa Delta shirt, I ran home to Nellie Perez, who would later become my big and one of the greatest blessings college has given me thus far. Little did I know at the time, I was about to embark on a great adventure in which I would form genuine friendships, experience personal growth, and learn to lead with love. I can proudly say that my sisters truly believe in me and support my passions and goals. They are the most encouraging, inspiring, and driven people I have ever known. They constantly push me to new heights with love and support, and I honestly do not know if I could have gotten through my first quarter of college without them.
One night, I was feeling extremely overwhelmed. I had my first exam in biology, and I was walking to my dorm from the library after studying for six hours. Being four hours away from home, I was also feeling homesick and did not know who to turn to. It was only three days after bid day, and I really did not know my Kappa Delta sisters well. However, for some reason, I felt compelled to call Nellie. I knew she was someone I could trust. It was late at night, and I did not expect her to answer, but she picked up right away and answered with a cheerful, “Hey, Megan! How are you?” I broke down in tears on the phone with her, uncontrollably sobbing into my phone, telling her how scared I was about everything: school, finding friends, and being away from home. She listened and encouraged me, even though she barely knew me. In that moment, I went from feeling lost to empowered knowing that I had not one person in my corner, but an entire chapter of women who genuinely wanted to help me succeed, both personally and in academically.
My sisters have, and always will, support me and push me to persevere. I can honestly say that the love that I have received from those in Kappa Delta has taught me lessons about loving those around me. One of the first people I befriended in my new member class was Lindsey Thornton. She lived in the same dorm building as I did, so I would see her often. We always said hello when we saw each other on campus and rode to the lodge together for meetings.
As time went on, our small talk led to big talk.
I now consider her one of my closest friends and most inspiring role models! I could tell you all about her kindness towards myself and others, but there is one story that really sticks out to me. My Aunt Martha had just passed away, and I was extremely upset. It was eleven o’clock at night, and I found myself in bed unable to sleep with tears running down my face. I needed someone to talk to about it all, and I remembered Lindsey lived in the same building. I wasn’t sure if she would be awake or if she would answer. I texted her, simply saying, “I really need a hug. Can I meet you in the hallway for a few minutes?” She responded immediately and met me in the hallway. Lindsey gave me a big hug and told me that God had a plan. She actively listened to me and assured me that she would always be there for me, which meant more to me than I can express. Her willingness to be there in a time of need showed the depth of our friendship and sisterly love for one another. My kind and selfless sister taught me how to love others in times of trouble, and in doing so, I have become a better friend to those with and without the circle of Kappa Delta.
We, as young women, are constantly being influenced by those around us. As Kappa Deltas, we are constantly influenced by uplifting, like-minded, and kind-hearted women who genuinely want the best for one another. In Kappa Delta, we build confidence and character in one another, and for that I will be eternally grateful. Sisterhood lasts a lifetime, and I could not be more excited to see where a sisterhood as special as this will lead me!