Posted On: Monday, October 27 08:30 AM, by Adele Wiggins
Adele (left) during Louisiana State's recruitment.
Theta has taught me to always strive to be the best woman I can be, so giving my time and energy to make us the best chapter we can be is the least I can do in return.
"Just think, if it grows and multiplies, it may someday bring together into sisterly relationship women from all parts of the country who have never seen each other before, who are all friends, because of Theta…” – Bettie Locke Hamilton c. 1870
Little did I ever know that this amazing woman’s dream would impact my college life so much as well as the years to come! Beginning recruitment, I really had no idea if Greek life was for me or not, or if I would end up choosing to join a sorority by the end of it. I had my doubts, but I also dreamt of finding an incredible group of girls to build lifelong friendships with. After the long and crazy week of recruitment, I decided to go ahead and give Kappa Alpha Theta a try to see if Greek life was meant for me.
Freshmen year came and went, filled with chapter meetings, date functions, sisterhood retreats, study groups, and more; but I mostly stuck to my comfort zone without ever really branching out or striving for more. At the end of that year, I decided to spend my sophomore year living in the facility with a couple of girls I had made friends with. As it turns out, this was the decision that turned my Theta experience into more than I could have ever imagined.
Halfway through sophomore year, my sisters saw the potential in me to serve our executive board – the biggest push out of my comfort zone I could have asked for! I was thrilled, overwhelmed, and honored to accept the position. Theta had so much to offer me through this experience; I gave it everything that I had to offer as well. Sophomore and junior years were both filled with many new challenges and adventures, and I always found myself surrounded by strong and loving women. They always made me laugh and pushed me to do my best, all while being there for me in times of need. It’s simple memories like trips to Yogurtland after long yet entertaining meetings and “karaoke parties” in our chapter room after long days of skit practice that I will always hold dear to me.
The end of the first semester of my junior year greeted me with the opportunity to serve as Kappa Alpha Theta’s chief executive officer. Theta not only gave me the chance to serve as CEO, but it also granted me skills and confidence to hold this position. This experience awarded me the chance to deepen my growing friendships with my sisters, to connect with other members of LSU Greek Life, and even to meet other Thetas from across North America at Grand Convention this past summer.
The greatest thing I’ve learned through my experiences in this wonderful sorority is that you should always surround yourself with people who lift you up, and never by people who tear you down. Kappa Alpha Theta has offered me nothing short of this. My college experience wouldn’t be anything compared to what it has been without the great sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta. Even better than anything my freshman self could have dreamed of.
Adele Wiggins, Delta Kappa/LSU, is the chapter’s chief executive officer.