During my college days, I frequently heard the phrase, "It's not four years; it's for life." What does that really mean? Just a year ago I feared my Theta experience would soon be over. Little did I know that my Theta experience was far from over.
As a based ELC at Gamma Sigma/San Diego State, I had the opportunity to attend the Alumnae Homecoming Brunch last weekend. Women who had not seen each other in years were catching up like a day had not gone by. Gamma Sigma's charter class was also in attendance. The charter class was given the opportunity to see "It's not four years; it's for life" in action that day. "Homecoming brunch was a chance to see a sisterhood that withstands the test of time. Watching all these women greet each other as if they were just at chapter meeting yesterday was so wonderful and sweet. I love how enthusiastic alumnae are for Gamma Sigma. It is their legacy and support that will no doubt help build Kappa Alpha Theta in its time of reestablishment.," said charter class member Alison Norwood.
What does it actually mean that Theta is not four years but for life? It means that for the rest of your life Kappa Alpha Theta will support you in many ways. You can join an alumnae chapter in your area. You can always participate in Day of Service on Bettie Locke's birthday, no matter where you are! ThetaConnect is a mobile app that makes it easy to find and connect with Thetas near you. Betties List can connect you to products and services offered by other Thetas. The Theta website offers many more ways for alumnae to connect and engage with one another and with the Fraternity.
The most important support that Kappa Alpha Theta will give you as an alumna is sisterhood. You may think that in order to continue your Theta experience you will need to become an advisor, ELC, officer, or volunteer in other aspects. In order to truly continue your Theta experience, stay connected as a sisterhood. This does not mean that you need to call your sisters every day. It means that sisterhood will always be there and will give you support when you least expect it. It could be as simple as reaching out to a sister who is not one just for four years, but for life.