I wear three letters on my chest because without them I am lost. They make me brave and bold and the women I wear them with give me strength and hope for a kinder, more beautiful world.
When I began college I was lost. I had no idea who I wanted to be or which direction I wanted to go; And for the first time I was alone. When I entered college I chose my major because I was already good at it. I had studied psychology in high school and while I enjoyed it, I knew I was settling for the easier and more fiscally responsible path. In the middle of my Freshman year I found myself failing. Not because the material was hard; but because I was too paralyzed by fear to do what I actually wanted. This was my wake-up call. I decided from that point on I would do the things I wanted to do even, and sometimes especially, if they terrified me.
The next day I changed my major from psychology to English and a wave of clarity and relief rushed over me. In the semester that followed, I took a path I never thought I would and joined a sorority. I was part of a tight-knit friend group in high school and missed having that support system. Before my first recruitment event I sat in my car for nearly 30 minutes talking myself into and out of going inside. But the need for a family outweighed my fear of the unknown.
So I walked into a room full of women who were so unique,welcoming and life-changing that I never looked back. I found my home in Phi Sigma Sigma. These women saw the potential in me that I had lost and built me back up into the woman I am today. I know whenever I'm in need I have a plethora shoulders to cry on; And when I succeed I have those same women to share my accomplishments. Because sisterhood is about loving one another through the good and the bad and never letting each other forget how strong and beautiful they are.
That one moment of conquering my fears lead me to today, where I'm the president of that chapter. These woman have given me a voice, a path and taught me that you don't have to be afraid to stand out, because you'll never stand alone.
You never know what you're capable of until you try. So, Women of IUS, go forward, be courageous, live life passionately, be a part of something bigger than yourself, go greek, and find your home. The world is yours for the taking.
Love, Kate Harrison
Phi Sigma Sigma president
Panhellenic Officers, Recruitment Counselors and other Sorority Women in our Community will be guest blogging throughout the summer months.