My experience with Sigma Kappa has been an interesting one. During my collegiate years in Sigma Kappa, if I’m being completely honest, was a rocky time. I was dealing with being engaged to someone in the Navy, who was conveniently stationed in Southern Italy while also navigating through the experience of living in the sorority house. Deciding to live in the house was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve formed some of the best bonds, ended up finding my bridesmaids and had a great amount of help and support without any questions asked.
It wasn’t until I was traveling in Europe in between semesters and hospitalized for complications with my pregnancy in Germany that I realized the strength of the mystic bond. The amount of support I received both from our military family and the Beta Zeta chapter that I received was amazingly overwhelming. It was interesting to realize that with both of these organizations, it’s understood that you take care of your own. Knowing that you share creeds, history, symbolism, and rituals with people you probably don’t have the closest relationship to still attempting to help members of their organization. Whether it’s just through kind messages and thoughts, having sisters that are studying abroad, attempting to find ways to travel to your remote locations, or having my husband’s orders augmented to allow him to stay in Germany with me so that I wasn’t alone.
Being married to someone in the Navy means relocating every 3-4 years. Sometimes it means fast friendships are formed, other times it might mean isolation whilst trying to navigate through new cultures and customs. Being Sigma Kappa has meant a network of sister’s readily available, understanding that it truly isn’t four years but for life and trying to uphold our values. It’s finding women that were in different Greek organizations while they were in undergrad and automatically having a handful of things to relate to.
Freshman orientation 2003. My mother is walking around talking to the sororities with their tables set up, trying to recruit new freshman. I couldn't be more embarrassed and tried to hide when she talked with them. Thinking to myself, "I will never join a sorority, ever."
Flash forward to about three weeks into school. I felt completely alone in the dorms. I didn't know anyone, mostly boys lived on my floor and the girls were just into partying. I saw more flyers all over campus for fall recruitment. I needed friends! Why not just give it a try?
I was a legacy for a few sororities, however my mother was a Sigma Kappa at California State University, Chico (Delta Iota). So naturally I wanted to hate them because I cannot, will not join the sorority my mother did! Gosh no!
But...I met the Sigma Kappa ladies and felt an instant connection. It's the only sorority I looked forward to visiting during the recruitment. I was thrilled on bid day to find they had picked me too! I had to tell my mother, who was just as excited as I was. I made forever friends in my pledge class and more every year thereafter. I was so involved, I eventually became President! I changed so much in those four years, I wish I had listened to my mother in the first place. Sigma Kappa's really are the best gals around!
College: San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Chapter: Beta Psi
Pledge year: 2003
Current location: Carlsbad, CA
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I always knew that I would join a sorority. When choosing a college, Greek life was very important to me. Bradley had a very popular Greek system with not a huge campus so it was the perfect fit me...even if it was thousands of miles away from home!
I pledged my freshman year. I was a legacy to Sigma Kappa (my grandmother, Charlotte McClure was at the Uni of Oregon chapter in the 30's) so it was an easy choice. The girls were all so welcoming and sweet. I met so many of my best friends through Sigma Kappa, ones that I'm still close to this day. I get really excited when I meet other sisters - it's a true bond. I may not wear my letters on my chest anymore but I definitely hold them close in my heart!
College: Bradley University, Peoria IL
Chapter: Beta Nu
Pledge year: 1998
Current location: Oceanside, CA
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