A Special Post for Alpha Delta Pi Founders’ Day
On May 15, 1851, Alpha Delta Pi sorority was founded in Macon, Georgia. I’ll spare you all the facts I had to learn as an Alpha member. Four years in this sorority made my college experience like no other. I’ll be honest, I didn’t love every single moment. Some days, I’d rather be in bed than at chapter or watching Netflix instead of at a mandatory event. But more often than not, I loved my time in ADPi. I wasn’t even going to go through recruitment but I got convinced by a friend on my freshman hall. And I’m so glad she convinced me because if she hadn’t, I wouldn’t have met this amazing group of girls I get to call my friends and I wouldn’t have gotten so involved and my experience at an out of state college definitely wouldn’t have been as great. It’s no secret that ADPi means a lot to me so I decided that on this founders’ day, I’m going to share 18 photos, 5 things ways ADPi changed me, and 1 thing I wish I did differently—1851.
- I’m way more outgoing
I was pretty involved in high school but ADPi made me involved in a different way. Through the sorority, I was much more involved in the community both on and off campus and way more willing to try new things or something I would have never done before. (I played in a charity powderpuff football game. I didn’t really help the team in terms of skill, but, hey, I got out there!)
- I volunteered A LOT more
It was a requirement of the sorority to have a minimum of four service hours each semester. While it was a required, we were able to choose where we wanted to volunteer. That means everyone got to volunteer somewhere that fit best with us. Some people worked with Big Brothers, Big Sisters; some people worked in the local elementary schools, and others worked at the soup kitchen. I worked at the local children’s museum. Giving back was a cornerstone of Alpha Delta Pi.
- I’m a lot more confident
With ADPi being a social sorority, we socialized a lot. I learned that I could talk to anyone about anything (thank’s recruitment!). I could talk to potential new members about what they did in high school and why Greek Life was awesome and then to a frat guy about why the Steelers are the best team in the NFL (no arguments, it’s true!) Before that, the idea of talking to that many strangers in one week would have been something I shied away from.
I was in leadership positions in high school, but the idea of holding an officer position with a group of 200+ girls was something I probably wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t spent some time in a sorority. I was the sisterhood chair the end of my junior year and beginning of senior year. Getting to plan events for the girls to enjoy was fun. I’m not a fan of public speaking, but almost every week, I stood up in our chapter meetings and announced what was going on. I think the leadership and confidence went hand in hand.
- Good study habits and hard, hard work
We had to keep a minimum GPA of 2.6 every semester, but every sister strived to go beyond that. At the end of every semester, there would be so many sisters with honors like dean’s and president’s list (I made it one semester and that’s a feeling of accomplishment that’s nearly unmatched). Everyone wanted to do well in school and being around people who are that driven makes you driven too.
Overall, I had the best four years in my sorority and there’s very little that I would change. But what’s the one thing I could do differently? I would have gotten out there a little bit more. I love my friends so much but I wish I talked to more people. I met a lot of people—both guys and girls—outside of my sorority, but I wish I met more. I went to a lot of events, but I wish I went to more. I think it would have enhanced my experience to push myself just a bit more than I had. But, like I said, I loved being in ADPi and I wouldn’t trade the experience for the anything in the world.
Happy Founders’ Day
to all my fellow
Alpha Delta Pis! 💎