Sigma Kappa is celebrating 144 years of sisterhood with this year’s Founders Day celebration! Going Greek and joining Sigma Kappa during my freshman year of college at the University of Washington was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I had no idea that this choice I made at 18 years old would continue to impact my life in so many positive ways, from lifelong friendships to meeting other Sigma Kappas while walking around the Disney parks.
On November 9th, 1874, the only five women attending Colby College came together to form Sigma Kappa sorority based on the core values of friendship, loyalty, service and personal growth. In honor of Sigma Kappa Founders Day, I wanted to share a few of my memories and experiences with ΣK!
You might have heard the cheesy sayings like “It’s not just four years, it’s for life” and “I went to college to find my future bridesmaids” but y’all it’s SO TRUE. Sigma Kappa introduced me to some of the strongest, most intelligent and driven women I’ve ever met and I’m proud to call them my sisters and best friends.
From our collegiate years of Grab a Dates and watching Netflix instead of studying, to now planning trips across the country to visit each other, I know these women are lifelong friends.
In addition to being lifelong friends, my Sigma Kappa sisters are fiercely loyal. I want to give a shoutout to my sorority family for constantly being there for me and staying close even though I live across the country.
My little sister Alyssa constantly encourages me to follow my dreams, and provides endless blog inspiration and advice over on her blog, ALHBlog. My grandlittle Kiran was the best tour guide around her hometown of Washington DC for a fun weekend getaway (Check out my blog from that super fun weekend!). My Great-Grandlittles Bela and Madeline are super sweet and I’ve loved them from the moment I met them! I even got to hang out with my Great-Great-Grandlittles Sam and Tessa. I haven’t met my GGGLittle yet, but I know I love her already!
As a collegiate member, I had the opportunity to participate in many different philanthropies and fundraise money for incredible causes. This started my lifelong passion for volunteering and service.
Sigma Kappa’s philanthropy is the Alzheimer’s Association and we were able to raise a ton of money every year through the Walk to End Alz and our Ultra Violet Gala. In college, I learned how volunteering was a super important priority to include in my schedule. After moving to Orlando, I’ve volunteered at Give Kids the World Village every week. It’s an incredible cause and I’ve covered some of my favorite experiences here!
One of the values that has stuck with me the most throughout the years is Personal Growth. Thanks to joining Sigma Kappa, I was encouraged to pursue my passions and grow as a person.
I’ll be real here — I struggled with intense social anxiety for a very long time. The thought of speaking in front of a small group terrified me, and giving presentations in front of large groups was unthinkable. With encouragement and opportunities from my sisters, by my senior year of college I was giving business presentations to hundreds of people and in front of representatives from huge Seattle based companies including REI and Mod Pizza.
Even now as an alumna, I have drawn on my college experiences for things including my career, friendships, relationships and finding the courage to move across the country.
Happy Founders Day, Sigma Kappa!
I’m so proud to call myself a Sigma Kappa sister, and so thankful for the amazing values of the sorority and all of the incredible women this sisterhood has brought into my life. Happy Founders Day Sigma Kappa! Thanks for reading and allowing me to relive my College days for a post!