It is unbelievable to think how different my college experience was just a year ago. I was still finding my path, my goals, and my best friends. Joining Alpha Chi Omega has changed me and my life in more ways than one, and for that I am forever grateful.
Just a year ago I did not know the people I now call my best friends. I remember on Bid Day I looked at the girls surrounding me while we took the pledge class picture and barely knew any of them; the ones I did know I had only had a conversation or two with. However, I look at the girls I now call my sisters and wonder what I did before I knew them. They are the people I stay up until two in the morning almost every night talking to, the people who always ask me how my day/tests/meetings went, and the people who I care so much about. They are the ones I go to when I need to vent about a class, or the people I go to when I just need to laugh and sing my favorite musical song. The friendships I have gained since joining Alpha Chi Omega are unlike any other friendships I have ever had.
Just a year ago today I was a less confident person; I have changed immensely in the span of one year. It seems that almost every girl in Alpha Chi Omega is a leader on campus in some type of way, in a club, or just in their day to day life. Just to name a few, girls in the house hold leadership executive positions on the Honors Council, Homecoming Committee, the American Sign Language Club, Student Government Association, Food Recovery Network, and so, so much more. I look up to my sisters everyday; they are constantly pushing themselves to be the best version of themselves. People just a couple years older and even my age have become role models that I look up to. They push me to be a leader myself, making me see that I too have the capabilities to lead on campus and in the house.
Just a year ago I did not feel like Butler University was quite my home. Do not get me wrong, I loved Butler my first semester freshman year. However, I felt like I was missing something, but I was not quite sure what it was. As I went through recruitment I was constantly asked, “What are you looking for in a house?” My answer was always the same, “a home away from home.” I wanted somewhere I could go to on both good and bad days where I knew there would be people just like family. I wanted to have people there to talk about the best and most difficult moments, and I wanted to be someone others could turn to when they needed an ear to listen. By joining Alpha Chi Omega, I have found what I was looking for. Everyday as I walk up the pathway of Alpha Chi I am reminded that just a year ago I had one home, but now I have two.