Hi! I’m Heather Taylor and have been a Sigma Kappa alum since May 2011. I just finished my last class of my geology degree! It took a bit, but I finally got it done! I have a pretty unique story about my experiences in college and beyond. First off, I didn’t go straight into college from high school. I worked for three years and started college in fall 2007. So, if you do the math, I entered college right before I turned 22. I also got married, took a year and a half off from school, had a baby and lived in three different states between now and when I started college.
When I was a freshman, I knew I wanted to get involved even though I was working two jobs at the time, full time course load and lived out in Harrison County. I hated the idea of going to class and going home. I had considered trying out for the dance team, but thought I was a bit too out of practice for that. Then, one day I was at my mom’s house and saw her Sigma Kappa Triangle magazine on the table. I began to read it and instantly felt a want to be in an organization like that one. I really wasn’t the “sorority girl type” (sorry for the stereotype) and my mom even laughed at me when I said I wanted to join her sorority. Well, I went through recruitment, fell in love, and knew I had found something that I had been missing.
When I was going through the new member classes, I remember thinking that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to have a lot of responsibility, since I was working and lived kind of far away. Well, situations changed (for the better I might add) and before I knew it, I was racking up leadership positions, including President! I gave Sigma Kappa 150% and it gave me double back! From networking, to leadership, public speaking and event planning skills, to three of my five bridesmaids, to shoulders to cry on after two miscarriages, Sigma Kappa had given me so much and I knew that I wanted to return the favor when I became an alumna.
Being in Sigma Kappa has allowed me to have several opportunities after I became an alumna. When I lived in Arizona, I was an advisor for the chapter at the University of Arizona and interim president of the restarting Tucson Alumnae Chapter. When I came back to IU Southeast to finish my degree, I was asked to create the Greek Life office. And, as of yesterday, everything I learned from being in a sorority helped me get a job at the local community foundation where I live now in Pennsylvania. (Yes, I move a lot) I have had the support of my sisters every step of my crazy cross-country travels, and I know that no matter where I go, I will always be able to find a sister! I am so thankful I joined Sigma Kappa and plan to continue being an active alumna for the rest of my life! Being in Greek Life was hands down one of the absolute best decision I have ever made in my life and I hope that you get to experience the amazing gifts that sorority life gives during college and beyond.
"These letters don’t make me better than you, they make ME better than I used to be!"
Panhellenic Council members, recruitment counselors, and other sorority women in our Greek community will be blogging throughout the summer months to help potential members prepare for recruitment.