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Posted On: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:00 PM, by Hillary Goodfellow
L-R: Caitlin Clark, Moira Anthony, Hillary, and Kelly Herbert, all Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi
This week is National Hazing Prevention Week, I've been thinking about how thankful I am that hazing was never part of my sorority experience. During my time at Ole Miss, we'd hear rumors about what other student organizations around campus made members do. Not only would the Fraternity never have tolerated this behavior, but also I honestly believe the thought of doing this to one another never crossed my sisters' minds. Being a member of Kappa Alpha Theta meant loving, supporting, and respecting all sisters, whether she was one of our new members or an alumna from another chapter.

During my four years as a collegian, I watched my sisters love, support, and respect one another countless times. These women were there through the breakups, difficult exams, and loss of loved ones. They were there for road trips, birthdays, and acceptances into grad school. It was this love, support, and respect my big sister passed down to me and I so excited to pass down to my littles. It was this love, support, and respect that made me proud to wear my letters each day.

Hazing is nothing but hate. It is simply impossible to show love, support, and respect while subjecting each other to demeaning acts meant to embarrass and shame. A sisterhood's purpose is to build one another up, not tear each other down. My chapter was truly my safe haven on campus. I knew I could always walk in the doors of our house, and my sisters would make me feel like I was the most beautiful, talented, and intelligent woman in the world. They made sure I knew my worth even when I was in doubt.

I wasn't there in 1870 when Bettie first decided to form our beloved fraternity, but I have a pretty strong feeling that the thought of hazing never crossed the minds of our four founders. Bettie created a sisterhood to create friendships to help build one another up, not to make each other prove our loyalty and worth. I am so thankful to belong to a sisterhood that still lives its mission, and has made it absolutely clear that hazing has no part in that. I am proud to be a Kappa Alpha Theta because it strives to ensure that every member is loved, supported, and respected.

Hillary Goodfellow, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi, graduated in May and served her chapter as president and chief marketing officer. She is also a Life Loyal member.