High school left a nasty taste in my mouth, so I was a little skeptical coming into college. My sophomore year, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, and the symptoms got so bad toward the middle of the school year that I had to leave my school and finish the year online. I went back for my junior year to try again but my brother passed away over winter break. So again, I was back to doing school online. I eventually graduated early and decided I was going to apply for college. I was scared out of my mind. I hadn’t been in a school building in so long, hadn’t had school work or had to study, and hadn’t had to deal with the pressures from being in a classroom setting. My anxiety was the worst it had been since my brother passed. On top of normal anxieties about starting college, I was worried about him missing this new chapter in my life. At orientation, I went out on a limb and decided to go to a sorority table. Maybe finding friends would help me with my transition into college? I never thought I would be a sorority woman, but as soon as I started talking to the girls at that table, I felt some of my anxiety fade away.
Looking back now, almost a year after initiating into Sigma Kappa, I can definitively say that joining a sorority has improved my mental health. Sure, I gained a group of great women to help me navigate college life but it’s so much more than that. My sisters hold me accountable and want to see me do my best. The amount of support I feel from them is astonishing. Sometimes I’m still anxious, but I know that they’ll always have my back. They see my anxiety and depression and instead of telling me to get over it, they take my hand and walk me through it. When I feel like I can’t go on any longer because I’m so overwhelmed, they’re there to ask me to get food and make me laugh. The best part is that I don’t have to tell them when I’m having a hard time. The things they do to help me are just a part of our sisterhood. I don’t think I could ever express how thankful I am for Sigma Kappa. The girl that used to have panic attacks because she had to go to school has turned into a woman who holds an Executive Council position and has an insatiable drive to make her sisters proud. And that’s what I hope I do.
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.