by Danielle Williams (Beta Mu), Administrative Intern
1. When you don’t feel like going out, go anyway.
There’s nothing worse than getting to your senior year and realizing there were so many things you missed out on simply because you didn’t feel like going. Even if it’s for an hour, go out and have fun with your sisters.
2. There will be rivalries among the sororities on campus—ignore it.
There are plenty of sorority women on campus that will try to sabotage your sisterhood and talk about your chapter behind your back. Don’t stoop to their level and try to get even. DPhiE women pride themselves on justice, sisterhood and love. These principles are especially useful in a time like this.
3. Be as involved as possible.
Whether it’s a fundraiser, a silly event during Homecoming or an embarrassing performance during Greek Week, sign up for it. Being part of the funny events will give you so many memories to look back on and will only make you closer with the sisters that did it with you. Let loose, have fun, and be yourself!
4. You can learn a lot from older sisters.
You may start off thinking you already know what life in DPhiE is going to be like. Or you may have no idea what to expect. Just know that an older sister will always be there for advice and guidance. Your big sister, a member of the Leadership Team, or your chapter advisors are great people to ask!
5. Do not worry about what other people think.
If you want to run for Risk Management chair, but everyone thinks it’s social suicide, run for it anyway. Do what you know is going to make you happy and what’s going to make you feel good about contributing to the sorority. Remember that all of these experiences will assist with developing skills that will be useful beyond college.
6. Privacy almost does not exist anymore—especially if you live in the house.
Joining DPhiE was like moving to a very small town; everyone knew everything about each other. Don’t be surprised when chapter members sit at the weekly meetings laughing, crying and consoling each other about events and transgressions from the past weekend. If you live in a house, know that the sisters you live with will see, hear and know everything about you and you will see, hear and know everything about them. You will find that being that comfortable and open with so many people will actually be a great experience. Don’t be afraid to open up! DPhiE is a built-in support system for all of your life adventures.
7. Always love your sisters no matter what.
You’re not going to like every sister all the time. Someone will do or say something that will really tick you off and that’s okay. You don’t have to be pleased with your sisters’ actions 100% of the time, but make sure you love them just the same. Justice. Sisterhood. Love.
8. Don’t take this time for granted.
Before you know it, you will be a senior, looking back at your time in DPhiE and wishing you were a new member again. There will be times that are tough to get through. There will be times that you wish the clock would stop and you could live in that moment forever. There will even be times that you wish you could graduate and get out of college already. When that happens, remember that not everyone gets the chance to be a DPhiE sister. Not everyone will have the opportunities that you will have. Not everyone can say they have sisters and best friends for life. Enjoy every little moment because one day you’ll be wishing you were meeting the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon for the first time at recruitment all over again.
Esse Quam Videri.