Alie(on the right) joined our chapter Fall 2009. She is an asset to our chapter and is loved by us all! Alie is one of the happiest women I have ever met. She befriends everyone and truly understands the meaning of steadfast love and Greek unity. Alie exemplifies what it truly means to be a Delta Zeta.
Here is Alie’s story:
Becoming a Delta Zeta was the best choice I could have possibly made! If you see me during Recruitment or around campus, I will tell you it helped me become the person I am today! When I went through sorority recruitment back in, yes I’m old, 2009 :) I didn’t know all I would get out of my sorority. I was looking for friends and a way to help give back to my community (I’m BIG on philanthropy).
My sisters have always had my back and I have theirs and when I stepped up and became philanthropy chairman at the end of my sophomore year, they helped me achieve success. They came out and supported the events that I planned and they had great ideas that made our philanthropy that much better! Together we have helped at Habitat for Humanity, made care packages for soldiers, brown bag lunches for the homeless, donated Build-a-Bears, raised money and awareness for the Speech and Hearing Orgs and Painted Turtle Camp, our two national philanthropies, as well as many walks and other events.
It was during this time that Delta Zeta helped bring a change in my life. The Painted Turtle Camp, which is a camp for serious and terminally ill children, is a place I have always wanted to go and volunteer my time. As much as I wanted to go, the camp is in California and plane tickets aren’t that cheap, I am a broke college student barely surviving as it is! So I had the bright idea to look at the Serious Fun Children’s network which is a global community connecting all camps that have the same or similar missions. This is the epiphany moment where I found the camp located in Ohio, Flying Horse Farms.
The Flying Horse Farms beautiful camp ground!
I have spent one week the past two summers volunteering at FHF and I have been amazed at the magic a place like camp can bring to kids. When you start the week everyone is a little bit nervous, particularly the first time. Not knowing what to expect, how the kids are going to act, what conditions they are in, what are they going to want or be able to do? Then something magical happens, the campers arrive and you are surrounded by the best most awesome kids ever! You spend your days dressing up in funny costumes, talking, laughing, having fun, swimming, doing anything and everything you can. The thing about camp is that you are always doing a job and you are alert and caring for the campers but it doesn’t feel like work because it is just so much fun!
Camp has shown me my potential, helped shaped me and shown me what I want to do for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t have found all of this without my Delta Zeta sisters. I never would have known it existed without being a DZ and I never would have volunteered that first week had it not been for my sister Caitlin who went with me! Being Greek has brought me so much, I wish that everyone could find at least half of what I have now and everyone would be happy :)
Don’t forget to enjoy life and live magically (pixie dust and all) :D
All My Love,