Posted On: Friday, March 29, 2013 02:26 AM, by Brittany Carinci
L-R: Brittany and Georgette Fryburg graduating from Quinnipiac University in May 2012.
Kappa Alpha Theta not only gave us faith in each other, but it gave us the ability to dream big. Two years ago, the two of us met on the executive board of Eta Xi. Today, we took everything we learned from theta and applied it in real life to launch our own online jewelry business, Armed & Readi.
Kappa Alpha Theta has provided me with more than I could have ever imagined. Three years ago, I was introduced to this organization, with only an ounce of understanding of all that would become of it and all that it would make me become. As a sophomore, I was given the opportunity to be a part of the executive board of the Eta Xi chapter. At that time, I was lucky enough to meet one of my soon-to-be best friends, and current business partner, Georgette Fryburg. Immediately we clicked and knew that we could accomplish big things together. Launching our own personal style blog, High Heels & Big Dreams, we quickly learned the extensive support we would receive from the Quinnipiac community and especially our sisters.
With the motivation from our blog, we decided to start our own business. Armed & Readi is an online retailer for costume jewelry that fits the college girl’s budget. With the help from our sisters, we were able to go from sales at the Quinnipiac University student center to launch online for national exposure. With fun, trendy pieces, Armed & Readi has become a campus favorite for all things sorority life, from recruitment to formals. We have had the ability to work with other organizations in the Panhellenic community, as well as donate to their philanthropies.
Kappa Alpha Theta gave us the ability to believe in ourselves, but more importantly it instilled the ability to believe in others. We learned that our sisters will be our biggest supporters, even after we graduated, truly defining that Theta is for a lifetime. The amount of gratitude we have for each member of Eta Xi is immense, and the amount they all have impacted not only our business but our lives is truly inspiring. This organization is the reason we have faith in ourselves, hope in others, and love for a lifetime.
Brittany Carinci, Eta Xi/Quinnipiac, is the co-founder of Armed & Readi, an online boutique featuring budget-friendly accessories.