Why do I love my Panhellenic community? Well a question like that is one that comes with multiple answers. When sitting down to think about this prompt I thought to myself “what don’t I love about my community of sisters?” and to that there is only one answer… “Nothing”
Joining Alpha Delta Pi as a second semester first-year, I didn’t really have a grasp on the Greek community, I assumed that all sororities must be in competition with each other, that there must be rivalries, alliances, sneaky tactics to bring others down. Needless to say, I was completely wrong. As I progressed through the semesters as an ADPi, I started to mature in my notions of a community and began to open my mind as well as let down my guard. But I have to say, that it was not until I enrolled in Kim’s Greek Leadership class and especially after being a Rho Gamma that I really started to see the similarities between my own chapter and, you bet, everyone else.
Now I’ve pondered to myself from time to time, “Becky, what are you looking for in a friend, a family member even.”? Someone who cares about the same things that you do, who is mature, who has similar values, and overall someone who you can share an everlasting bond with and of course unconditional love. This is exactly what I have found in so many of my sisters, across all chapters. The level of care and this compassion that this Greek community has for its fellow members, the university as a whole, and the Greater Burlington community is unreal.
As a Greek Community, we often have discussions based around ritual, and living it everyday. Although living one’s values is such a vital part of being a fraternal man or woman, the ways in which my pahellenic family has both supported me, allowed me to be myself, and stood by me through thick and thin are what’s most important to me.
To really hone in on the support I’ve gotten from my sisters, I want to take a journey back to last Thursday. It was the middle of Panhellenic Spirit week, and everyone was as Alpha Delta Pi making Valentines Day cards. Around 5pm, I was informed that my good friend from Champlain College had unexpectedly passed away. As I sat through a three hour class immediately after the news broke, a sister from another chapter who I was sitting next to was constantly making sure I was ok, offering me a ride to wherever I needed to go. At the end of class, she graciously dropped my off at Alpha Delta Pi. As I walked in almost collapsing from my overwhelmed emotions, a sister from every single chapter on this campus immediately rose and surrounded my with affection and consoling hugs. I literally felt overwhelmed with love and at the same time, calm and safe. Throughout the days that followed, I received texts and phone calls from several sisters just to let me know that they were here for me and that if I needed anything I could always call.
As I approach graduation, I will always look back and remember the times, good and bad that I have had as a member of this UVM Fraternity and Sorority life. But something that will always remain constant in my memory is the bond we share as a Panhellenic community, the strength we endure, the support we have given and received from each other, and moreover the friendship and love that will truly last a lifetime.
Finally, in the words of Taylor Swift
Long live the walls we crashed through
All the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders
I’m not afraid
Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you