Thank You Kappa

Last night was my final chapter as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and so I wanted to take some time today to reflect on my time and what all it has given me. Being in a sorority you truly get out what you put in, and I’m very thankful for the friendships I have formed that have helped get me through college.

As a freshman, Kappa gave me some of my first friends of college. It was awesome to have a big group of friends who were there to support me and help me get through the learning curve of figuring out what I was doing at UNC. I made some amazing memories and joined the best family in Kappa (shoutout Abby and Lia), and I can’t imagine what my first year of college would have been like if I hadn’t joined. I am so thankful for initiation night for introducing me to the girls who would become my main friends in Kappa at the time, and although I have drifted away from some of them at this point I am so happy to still be close with those I’m still in touch with.

Sophomore year I started to have friends in Kappa who were also my major which was awesome. I loved having people in my classes who I could walk to class with from the house and just generally talk about what classes to take in the future with. Kappa was also one of the things that really helped me get through the early stages of the pandemic when that hit. Calling my friends and chatting into the late hours of the night brought a sense of normalcy in an otherwise crazy time, and even though it wasn’t the best time it was definitely improved by my friends in Kappa. 

Junior year I lived in the house, and although my in house experience was different from normal because of the pandemic, I think it was one of the best decisions I ever made because it brought me so many new friends in Kappa who are some of my closest friends today. From living in Room 7 I made one of my best friends who I had hardly spoken to before that year, became closer with the girls who are my roommates this year, and made new friends with girls both in and out of the house. I also had three of my best friends graduate this year, which was sad for me but I’m so happy to say that we all still stay in touch and I even got an additional year of having two of them in Chapel Hill that I didn’t think I would get.

Senior year has been a lot of reflecting back on my experience as a whole. My Kappa family is now bigger than I ever imagined it would be, and I love my family so much (check out my blog post, “Being a Matriarch,” to read more about them). My friends in Kappa are some of my biggest supporters, and I have loved getting to spend time with them this year. I’m also thankful that we’ve seen the start of a return to normalcy and I’ve been able to take part in Kappa traditions that I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do.

It’s crazy to me to think back to before I started college and how hesitant I was about going through the recruitment process. I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing for me, but I knew I wanted friends who would be there for me and who would be people I knew I would have a relationship with even beyond graduation. I am happy to say that I found that in Kappa, and from my closest friends to girls who I have only spoken to a few times I have so much love for this chapter. And even though my time in Kappa had it’s fill of drama, I wouldn’t change my experience because of the amazing people who I have in my life today. 

So thank you for everything Kappa, you are truly something special that I will treasure forever. 

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