Posted On: Monday, December 2 09:15 AM, by Elizabeth Gibson
Victoria and Elizabeth after initiation.
Despite the long travel, Theta gave us an opportunity to express and experience our sisterly love in an incredibly unique way.
When my little sister Victoria accepted a bid at the Eta Psi chapter at Tufts University, I was delighted, but saddened by the fact that I wasn't going to be able to be at her initiation because of my job, as I'm currently working in Japan as an English teacher. With the way crossing the International Date Line works, there was no way I could make it back in time for work on Monday if I were to go to an initiation on Saturday.
But then ELCs Jenny Cook and Madison Cannon told me that initiation would be November 2, and as luck would have it, Japan had a national holiday on November 4, meaning I had the day off work! So I went to work searching for flights, and the stars aligned and I was able to find one that would get me to Boston on time for the charter class initiation ceremony.
It was kept a secret from Victoria because for one, I wasn't sure if it would truly work out until after I had bought the ticket and made all the arrangements, and two, because I wanted it to be a surprise. Getting to Boston was an adventure (not to mention I had lost my voice the previous week due to illness), but totally worth it to see Victoria's face at initiation and getting to spend the rest of the day with her afterwards!
Elizabeth Gibson, Delta Iota/Puget Sound, teaches English in Japan.