Hey y'all, Sarah Beth here! I want to take some time to talk about one of my favorite aspects of Greek life. I believe that mentorship -- that is, mentoring others, and being mentored yourself -- is a huge part of what you can gain when you #gogreek. That being said, let me tell you a little bit about my experience.
Until I went Greek, I did not know what it was like to have a constant support system of olde girls to pour into me. Now that I have experienced it, I cannot imagine living without it. They have held me up when life has been though and celebrated with me when life has been good.
Throughout my life, I was never 100% comfortable in leadership roles. I always stayed in the background and led by example. If I'm being honest, calling shots and making the big decisions absolutely terrified me. I just didn’t want to make the wrong choice, so I stuck with the easier path and let others take on the roles I thought I could never fill. It wasn’t until I went Greek that I realized that I was capable of being that leader.
Older girls in the chapter saw something in me that I had not seen in myself.
They invested in me and encouraged me to try out for different positions within the sorority and on campus, and for that, I am forever grateful. Now I am the Vice President of Member Education for our entire chapter, and I am in a position to call a bunch of shots. I make hard decisions, and it turns out that I am pretty good at it. I now have confidence in myself and my abilities. This is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I found a part of myself that I absolutely love because women in Greek life took time to cultivate my talents and push me to be better. I can never repay them for that.
Avery Bryan is everything that I want to be when I grow up. She is a #girlboss with enough confidence and kindness to make everyone in the whole world feel loved and important. If you ask any girl in our chapter, I can guarantee that they would tell you Avery has been a positive influence in their life. There is something really powerful about an intentional person that makes it a point to lift others up. At the end of my freshman year, she asked me to give a speech for our upcoming recruitment in the fall. I was so honored that she thought that I was capable of giving a speech and that she trusted me with such an important responsibility. I made a decision right there to rise to her expectations and constantly better my speech each time I gave it so that I would not let her down. It’s incredible how much you can accomplish when there is always someone in your corner cheering you on. I have become so much more confident in myself because of this experience.
Riley Robertson is another mentor I have met through going Greek. She is like the big sister I never had. Any time that I need good advice or a trusted opinion about anything, Riley is my go to. She builds me up and encourages me every day. She’s honest with me and always looks out for the best interest of everyone involved. Having her in my life has made me a better person. I have realized just how important it is to have friendships that challenge you. I make a constant effort to be the uplifting influence on others that Riley has been to me.
As a member of our executive council, I have had to adjust to be a person that the chapter looks to at all times, and it has been hard. Avery, Riley, and several others have helped me when I did not know how be that person who has all the answers. They have been there for every question I have had and motivated me along every step of the way. I do not know where I would be without their mentorship. I want to be that mentor for others, and I am learning how to do that. I started with PC 18. They are such a blessing in my life. I get to share advice about things that go on within our chapter, about school, and life in general. The most important thing I have learned is that I don’t have to be perfect to be a mentor. My mentors have shown me that my mistakes help me to advise others far more than anything I've done right.
My job as the VP of Member Education is just beginning. My main responsibility is to help the incoming new members get acclimated to life within Greek life and college in general. I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a whole new pledge class to love and encourage through their college experience. Getting to lead in this capacity is an opportunity to mentor other girls the way that I have been mentored. I want to be that person that draws out the good qualities in people and builds confidence within them.
As a part of Greek life I have learned that as great as it feels being poured into, pouring into others is so much more rewarding.
Loving others well brings me joy. I can only hope that by the time I graduate, I have made a fraction of the influence in this chapter that has been made on me. I am forever indebted to Kappa Delta for the people that it has put in my path.
Sarah Beth Sewell