If you were to ask me in my senior year of high school if I thought I would be a sorority girl, my answer would have been a definite no. But it turns out joining Greek life at St. Lawrence was one of the best decisions I could have made. Not only have I found a family on this campus and a house to call my own, but I have received a network of never-ending support that will last long after my days on campus have ended.
Here at St. Lawrence, students are not eligible to rush until the fall of their sophomore year, allowing us to make other friends and have experiences completely separate from that of Greek life. Formal rush began during the first few weeks of the fall semester, and I enjoyed meeting all of the girls in different houses, but I knew right off the bat that Kappa Delta Sigma (KDS) was where I belonged.
Kappa Delta Sigma is a local sorority with a unique history that still resonates in all the hearts of all sisters today. In 1969, when national Kappa Delta refused to allow an Asian American girl at St. Lawrence to be accepted on a bid list for a new pledge class, the sisters revolted and refused to be a part of a group that would so clearly discriminate. From then on, Kappa Delta Sigma has been built on the principles of Faith in Friendship, Concern for Human Dignity, and Respect for the Individual, her Ideals, Beliefs, and Feelings. The unique story is one that I am proud to share, and continue on the legacy of the sisters before me.
Although less than 20% of females on campus are part of Greek life, it has become a major part of my college experience. I am still a part of multiple other clubs and organizations, as are the other sisters, and have ample time to spend with all of my friends outside of KDS. Although KDS is not my entire life at St. Lawrence, it is a cornerstone of my time here. The experiences I have had and the people I have met will be with me forever, and I could not be happier that I decided that to give Greek life a try.