What I Learned From My First Semester as a Sig Delt During COVID-19

Going to college is scary and everyone has vastly different experiences during their first year. I entered American University during the fall 2019 semester and I absolutely loved it! However, I still didn’t feel like I was a part of anything, and I wanted a community, with people I could have fun with, laugh with, cry with, and rely on.

I decided to go through spring recruitment in January of 2020. Recruitment is long and exhausting but in the end, I found my forever home at Sigma Delta Tau. From there I participated in new member activities in which I learned what being a Sig Delt meant and even became President of my New Member Class! Before Spring Break I had become so close with my New Member Class (shoutout to the Beta Kappas!), had just gotten my Big, and I was initiated! I felt like I finally found the place I belonged with girls who really understood me.

Just when I was feeling like I had figured everything out and found my people, the COVID-19 pandemic came and in-person classes were canceled, resulting in all of us students returning home. I was crushed because not only was my Freshman year cut short, but I had just begun to get close to my sisters and I didn’t want our friendships to fade. Now it’s June 2020, I have been quarantined for over two months, and I have realized that throughout the few months I have known the girls in my organization, they have taught me so much. Here are four things Sig Delt has taught me during Spring 2020 that make me proud to be in this organization!

1. Trust the process!!

It’s the most cliche saying you’ll hear during recruitment, but I promise it is so true! All organizations are amazing and you find yourself in the one that is the best fit for you. I remember that I was so nervous about sorority life until my new member retreat. I got to know the girls in my class and realized I was home. Trusting the process can be hard, but remember that all the sisters have been where you are and are always there for you.

2. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, your sisters will always support you!

Being in a sorority is more than just hanging out with friends. There are philanthropy events, social events like formal, and so many other smaller things you do together. I put myself out there and decided to run for President of my New Member Class! I was so nervous to run because I had just met everyone, but being President taught me that it is okay to put yourself out there because no matter what, you are supported. This gave me the confidence to run for Social Chair during an online election! Sisters are unbelievably supportive of everything you do. I have learned that if a sister has an event, even if it doesn’t have anything to do with Greek Life, so many sisters show up in support to cheer them on! The Sig Delt sisters have encouraged me to try so many new things and I am so grateful for that.

3. Show up to things, even if they are online!

In my first semester of Freshman year, I convinced myself to just stay in my dorm for no reason at all. After I joined Sig Delt though I realized that going to events for fun is way more enjoyable than sitting around in your dorm! Maybe you’ll talk to someone you haven’t gotten to know yet, or maybe you’ll get the chance to catch up with someone you haven’t seen in a while because of exams. Events are for sisters to relax and to spend time with each other, and with COVID-19 ending the semester early, it has been even more important to attend online events! I have found that participating in sorority events online has helped me stay engaged in schoolwork and to connect with the people I miss from school.

4. Sisters will always be there for you, no matter what, no matter when!

The best decision I made in college was to join Greek Life. The sisters in Sig Delt made me feel welcome and at home from the moment I met them. Although brief, my first semester as a new member and sister was full of incredible memories, which became even more apparent after the semester went online. I was worried that I would lose contact with some people that I had only spoken to a few times, but that was not the case. Sisters look out for each other, lift each other up, and are there for you no matter what. This unique situation has allowed me to connect with sisters and have long-distance friendships. Whether it is face timing, having coffee over zoom, making long-distance Tik Toks together, or having a Netflix party, I am able to connect with girls who will be my forever friends and help me during this global pandemic! Sig Delt is a strong sisterhood that I am so happy to be a part of.

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