I went through recruitment as a freshman because it was what I was supposed to do. My mom and sister had both joined sororities in college, so it seemed like a family tradition that I wanted to be part of. Having not much of an idea what I was getting into or who I was getting into it with, I ran down the stairs of my school’s postcard academic building into the arms of Tri Sigma. To have that many women be so excited to have me join their sisterhood, I was simply swept off my feet. That’s been my experience with Tri Sigma ever since; I have been swept off of my feet constantly.
The Labyrinth Leadership Experience was not any different; the entire trip swept me off of my feet. We spent time breaking down each and every one of our values which I probably could not have named before my experience as an Officer Academy intern. Taking time to look at what wisdom, power, faith, hope, and love really meant was such an amazing experience. We not only looked how 20 individuals defined these values, but also how we thought our founders portrayed each of these values.
That’s what I think really got to me; this experience made me think beyond myself and beyond my own chapter, and allowed me to see Sigma on a larger scale. There were some amazing women who went against the grain and because of it I am part of the most powerful sisterhood I could ever imagine.
We were asked during our dinner the last night with the participants, facilitators, and national executive council what the most impactful moment on the trip had been. This question was very daunting for me because I often feel like I am the most indecisive person in the world. So true to my own nature, I didn’t pick one solitary moment. I shared with everyone that my favorite part of the experience had been getting to spend so much time not only with collegiate, but also alumnae. I have always known that our motto was “Faithful until Death,” but had seen so many people in any Greek organization only stay “faithful until graduation.”
Seeing women who were actively part of alumnae chapters and still so in love with the same organization that I am passionate about was inspiring beyond words. I can’t believe how little thought I had put into alumnae life as a Sigma before this experience. One fellow participant spoke during our reflection and said that she was sad that she had lost 25 years of Sigma in her life by not staying involved and knowing Sigma would be there when she came back. Those words really stuck with me because these four years in college aren’t nearly enough, I want to heed her advice and stay an active member. I want to remain “Faithful until Death” because Tri Sigma is something I will always be passionate about, during trying and good times. Sigma will always be there when I need it, but I know I will never have to walk away from it to appreciate that.
This leadership experience was invaluable. I feel like it reminded me of my love of Tri Sigma and rejuvenated me so that I can go back and share with my chapter all of the things I saw and heard. After all of the amazing experiences I have had as a Sigma part of me feels like I shouldn’t be surprised as I am constantly blown away by this organization. The women, stories, laughter, trials, growth, and love from the Labyrinth Leadership Experience still inspire me and sweep me off of my feet daily.
Molly Erin Kent – Epsilon Pi