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Posted On: Monday, July 7, 2014 09:30 AM, by Laura Richardson
Laura (top-right) at a Beta Tau/
Denison reunion.
Having lived in three very different cities since graduating almost seven years ago, one thing has remained the same for me in each area: There has always been a warm and welcoming Theta alumnae chapter. For the most part, when I have moved, it has been to start a new job in a city where I'd never lived before and knew only a handful of people—if any. While I had been told "Theta is for a lifetime," in my mind that meant keeping in touch with my college Theta sisters, heading back for reunions, and seeing each other at weddings.

After moving to a new city a few weeks after graduation, I was hesitant to reach out to a new group of women, as I thought I'd never be able to have a connection with women who hadn't been a part of my college chapter. But as you can guess, the exact opposite happened. I met a small group for dinner, and felt immediately accepted and welcomed. I attended a few more events and even helped plan a service activity before moving again about a year later, but having that group of women outside of work in a new area was so important and something that I never realized I needed.

After getting settled in another city, I reached out and found another fabulous chapter, and even began advising a local Theta chapter at a nearby university. I was amazed again that we had all become Thetas at different schools, had different jobs, and were at different points in our professional and personal lives, yet we came together for cocktail hours, 5K races, Founders Day, fundraisers, and more. I saw an incredible bond between all Thetas, whether they had graduated the year before or decades before!

I am sure I will move to a different city again in the next few years, and when I do, I have no doubt in my mind that I will reach out to the local alumnae group. And whether I am an active member on the board or only attend a few events each year, I am so grateful that I know I always have a unique group of women with whom I will have an unbreakable connection wherever I go.

Laura Richardson, Beta Tau/Denison, is a member of the Fraternity’s volunteer engagement committee, Greater Fort Myers Alumnae Chapter, and young alumnae board. She is also a Life Loyal member.


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