Posted On: Friday, April 12, 2013 03:29 AM, by Katharine Murphy
Katharine in Seattle during an ELC visit to Alpha Lambda/Washington.
Growing up, the values of Kappa Alpha Theta are the values I was taught by my family. I love that being a Theta has turned me into a better version of myself.
I have a confession… I’ve written many “I am a Theta” stories trying to come up with the biggest reason I love being a part of this organization. Every time I finish one story, I come up with another that is just as important as the former.
My first story was about my Theta family. Literally. My step-mother and sister are both Thetas. I was lucky enough to be in the same chapter with my sister and share in the undergraduate journey. I was also able to be a part of the installation team that re-established my step-mother’s once-closed chapter. Those are two of my favorite memories. Theta has strengthened our already strong relationships.
My next story was about my leadership growth and the countless women who have inspired me along the way. I was honored to serve as the chapter president for Gamma Zeta, and was motivated everyday by the college women who surrounded me. My proudest Theta moment was initiating a new group of Theta women, and seeing their incredible leadership talents develop over the next three and half years.
My educational leadership consultant experience could also be its own story. Anyone who knows me knows how much the program changed my life. I was able to visit more than 60 Theta chapters and represent the Fraternity across the country and in Canada. I met other Greek “road warriors” and saw that the importance of being Greek goes far beyond my Theta-scope. I visited so many new places that sometimes I look back and think it was just a dream.
And then there are the friendships. This story I tried to write, but as I sat down to type out the words, I realized that they don’t do my experiences justice. My undergraduate sisters had such an impact on who I am, and I remember thinking at the time that was what Theta was about. But the alumnae experience has brought so many more amazing women into my life. It just keeps getting better.
I have finally been able to find one common thread with my stories: They are all about the people who represent the values of Theta. I am not proud to be a Theta because of any one thing that has happened in my life. I am proud to be a Theta because of everything and everyone that it represents. So now my story is “I am a Theta.” Period.
Katharine Murphy, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut, is the chapter services program coordinator at Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and is a charter Life Loyal member.