As fall activity continues amongst the fraternities and sororities on campus, I often reflect on my decision to become a sister of Alpha Xi Delta. I joined AXiD the fall semester of my sophomore year and I can honestly say now as a year has gone by that joining this beautiful sisterhood is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I do acknowledge that Greek Life is not for everyone, but I myself was one of those people who always said that I could never imagine myself joining a sorority. After starting my time at Lycoming, I fell in love with these strong, powerful women who I am now blessed to call my sisters.
I grew up with three sisters and one brother, so family has always been a strong value of mine. I have a very close relationship with each member of my immediate family and know that I wouldn’t be who or where I am today without them. Upon coming to college, I lacked that familial support; I quickly learned that I am someone who needs people to support me day in and day out and be physically present in my life. I also love the feeling of supporting my sisters and being a shoulder they can lean on. Therefore, freshmen year I became a great admirer of sisters of Alpha Xi Delta. I started my job at the Writing Center during the spring semester of 2015 and I met Lauren DelGaizo, a beautiful human and sister of AXiD. Lauren taught me so much about Lycoming and became a true sister to me. I never felt pressured into joining nor ever felt like she was only being nice to me to recruit me. In fact, I never felt like my sisters were trying to recruit me, as they were truly sincere and immediately made me feel at home. I told myself that I would take the summer to decide whether or not I wanted to join a sorority. The next fall I started recruitment and went through the whole process with my best friend and now sister, Hayley Pisciotti, who I met in freshman orientation!
My sorority has always been a big part of my life here at Lycoming, even before receiving my bid. And now, as I’m studying abroad, I can still feel the warmth of their love from 3,000 miles away. My sisters have encouraged me to become a leader and truly realize my potential. I can remember being offered the job as a First Year Seminar tutor for Dr. Kingery’s class and I immediately told my sisters and had their support 100%. I love knowing that no matter where I am a sister waits for me. I offer the same advice to students now to consider what joining a Greek organization could do for them and their future. I know it has only enhanced my life and made me a better person.