10. ΚΚΓ surrounded me with women who challenged, supported, and encouraged me
The only way to grow is by going beyond who you think you are. Sadly, so few young women strive for more and rather choose to settle for the comfortable route out of fear of making mistakes, feelings of unworthiness, and lack self confidence. ΚΚΓ surrounded me with woman who gave me the ambition to reach my full potential academically and spiritually.
9. Allowing me to follow in my mother’s footsteps
Kappa has allowed me to experience Bid Day and follow in the same footsteps as my mother, and for that I am forever grateful. Having the chance to hug her knowing that I am carrying on the ΚΚΓ tradition will forever be one of the most memorable moments of my undergraduate years.
8. Having the courage to post the “Breaking Barriers” Facebook album
The Mizzou ΚΚΓ Facebook album, now with over 9,000 shares, brought much-needed national attention to many of the unfair stereotypes that society has pinned on sorority girls for far too long. The albums deep underlying message essentially reminds people to be true to themselves, march to your own beat, and to not give a f*** about negative social norms that plague sorority girls. Posting and standing by the album was undoubtedly brave, and for that all ΚΚΓ’s should be beholden.
7. Learning to be ecstatic over moments, not things
The most memorable moments were undoubtedly the ones spent participating in color runs and laughing into the early hours of the morning over endless Kappa puns, not the random nights out spending $15 on a watered down drink.
6. The ΚΚΓ sisters were with me at my highs and lows
Transitioning into an upperclassmen has its upsides and downsides. One downside that is inevitable is how difficult it becomes staying in contact with those closest to you due to conflicting schedules etc. If it weren’t for my Kappa sisters who were by my side throughout the grueling job application and interviewing process mixed in with senior seminar and other classes, I don’t know how things would have panned out.
5. This sisterhood taught me the value of giving back
Kappa’s philanthropy is unique in the sense that it encourages women to support causes that are directly affecting their local communities. Proficiency in reading is a necessity for children of all backgrounds no matter what path you later pursue. Having the opportunity to be a part of Kappa’s century long commitment to improving the literacy standards of impoverished communities was a blessing.
4. I have a better grasp of who I am
For what I can remember, High School too often boiled down to groupthink or “follow the leader” when it came to ANY social situation. Granted, High School sucked and is fortunately only a blur in time. ΚΚΓ taught us early on to focus on improving our human capital because our best days were ahead of us. This relieved the FOMO aspect of the social scene immensely.
3. ΚΚΓ wanted everyone to be their true self
One of the first things Kappa advocated for during recruitment that no other sororities touched upon was for every girl to be their truest self and not to adopt a different persona.
2. ΚΚΓ opened doors that not even my university could
My sisters clued me into which clubs caught the eyes of their past employers and which companies offered previous Kappa’s in my field of study jobs before graduation. I knew my university liked to boast their “Career Development Department”, especially to the freshmen and sophomores class, but the experiences from fellow classmates never seemed in line with the image the department was trying to portray. Kappa in this sense was a lifesaver.
1. Giving me the sisters I never had
Growing up as an only child was quite normal (it was all I really knew). My mother was always my best friend but the age barrier seemed to keep widening as I got older especially with the rise of social media. Growing close to the Kappa family gave me a family 400 miles away from home and memories I will forever preserve.