Why Alpha Omicron Pi?

With initiation coming up and being installed as a chapter, I’ve been asking myself and others have been asking us, why Alpha Omicron Pi? For many of us, our stories are different on why we joined but at the end of the day, we all have the same core values which lead us to this amazing chapter of ours.

For those who don’t know (which I’m sure isn’t many) I was supposed to go to Ole Miss and I even wrote a post called “Dear Ole Miss” (you should check it out) in which I proclaimed my love for a school I wasn’t at. It was as if I was proclaiming my love for a boy who didn’t want me back, but much more difficult than that. During the summer leading up to freshman year, I was getting my recommendation letters for different chapters at Ole Miss and I had a few in mind that I loved and one that I would have died for. Long story short, I didn’t end up at Ole Miss, obviously. For me, I went through formal recruitment twice. My freshman year (the first time through formal recruitment) I liked a few sororities and when it came to preference night, I dropped. I didn’t get asked back to the houses which I preferred but I was asked back to an amazing chapter but it wasn’t one where I felt at home. So like I said, I dropped. I went through freshman year after losing my grandma really confused on what I was even doing. I wasn’t making the friends I thought I would have been making at Ole Miss, I wasn’t having the sorority life like I thought I would have had, I didn’t have anything going according to my plan. That scared me.

For me, I went through formal recruitment twice. My freshman year (the first time through formal recruitment) I liked a few sororities and when it came to preference night, I dropped. I didn’t get asked back to the houses which I preferred but I was asked back to an amazing chapter but it wasn’t one where I felt at home. So like I said, I dropped. I went through freshman year after losing my grandma really confused on what I was even doing. I wasn’t making the friends I thought I would have been making at Ole Miss, I wasn’t having the sorority life like I thought I would have had, I didn’t have anything going according to my plan. That scared me. Freshman year was coming to a close, I wasn’t talking to the guy who I would have done anything for, he didn’t even know if he was coming back to the US and when he did, I wasn’t the first to know (plot twist, we are together now). I had the continuous feeling of I wasn’t where I was supposed to be. I was trying and nothing was coming out of it. I was at one of my worst places I’ve been (and there have been a few of those) and I couldn’t tell anybody. I didn’t have friends who i trusted enough, I didn’t feel like I could talk to my mom about it because it would have come back to her not having a mom anymore, I couldn’t talk to the one person I wanted to talk to the most and that was really difficult for me. I got in a relationship that I probably. I shouldn’t have. I was happy but my heart wasn’t in it and I feel terrible for that. I strung it out just to feel something and I shouldn’t have. I lost the people I called friends for that year and school ended.

Summer ended and sophomore year was upon us. Once again, I felt like I wasn’t where I was supposed to be but I decided to give recruitment another try. It had to work this time. Weeeelllll it didn’t. I went through, dropped on pref day again but something did happen. I went to a meeting for some sorority called Alpha Omicron Pi, I had heard of it but I didn’t know anything other than a few people I know at Ole Miss are in it. I went and learned more about it and realized why nothing had worked out before. I realized that their values truly do line up with mine, I felt like I could be myself for once. I didn’t have to put on a different face when in my meetings. Bid day came, I received my bid and when we started to learn more about the chapter, things really started to make sense for me. My grandma’s favorite favorite favorite bird AND baseball team were cardinals, our color is cardinal red. My grandmas’ favorite flower was a rose, our flower is a rose. Things like that started to happen and I started to learn more that really just made sense. Things clicked and it was almost like I had an “ah ha”moment. While this year still might not be the best, I know that I have over 100 sisters that I could count on. When I joined Alpha Omicron Pi, I didn’t realize what I would actually be receiving when I joined. Yeah, I have a few t-shirts, I’ve done some pretty cool things with my sisters. My favorite being Yell Like Hell when even though we didn’t win, or place, the ENTIRE room (I’m not talking about 100 people, probably close to 1,500 people) chanted “AOII” over and over again. But I’d do without all of that just to be a founding member of the Delta Gamma chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi with my amazing sisters who are so talented, so genuine, so funny and just willing to do anything for each and every one of us.

Alpha Omicron Pi is home. It’s the girls. It’s the experiences. It’s the values. It’s the leadership opportunities. It’s everything that you’d want when you’re away from home. Alpha Omicron Pi is home to me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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