Letter from the Chapter
Hi everyone! I’m so happy to see you all here today!
For those of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Kristen Sun and I’m the president of Sigma Kappa.
I remember sitting in your seats one year ago. I wanted so much to be a part of this sisterhood that filled me with love and comfort. Still, if you told me then that a year later I would be giving a speech as president of Sigma Kappa, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Before recruitment, I didn’t think sorority life was for me. My master plan was getting good grades, going to medical school, and becoming a doctor. Being in a sorority didn’t even cross my mind. While going through recruitment, I was still a bit skeptical -- how could you find a home in such a short period of time? But walking into the Sigma Kappa room during Day 1 of recruitment changed everything -- I didn’t expect to find a place where belonging felt so easy. Here, I wasn’t nervous about my conversations...well overly nervous anyways. I was calm and I felt at ease talking about anything to any sister here. The energy and excitement of Sigma Kappa’s women lifted me up, and I was so absorbed in these conversations as I bonded with my future sisters over things from our love of Thai food and boba (and how it’s NOT bubble tea) to difficulties we’ve experienced in our lives and our dreams for the future. Each woman I talked to was unique, and our interests collided with each other’s in different ways. But each woman shared that real love and devotion to Sigma Kappa and all of its members. They embodied our shared values of Friendship, Service, Loyalty and Personal Growth. And that was exactly what I was looking for. Coming back to SK every day made sense to me and it’s where I felt at home.
During Philanthropy day when we learned about the 5 SIGMA philanthropies (Sigma Kappa Foundation, Inherit the Earth, Gerontology, Maine Seacoast Mission, and Alzheimer’s Association), I saw that Sigma Kappa went beyond a group of college girls who lived together, to a group of girls who worked together to change the world and do good any way they could. I see my sisters live through acts of service by advocating for Alzheimer’s awareness and writing letters to support Gerontology organizations and everyday by going out of their way to help sisters when they’re feeling sick.
During Sisterhood day, I realized that Sigma Kappa didn’t believe that a sorority was just a place to take Instagram photos or eat brunch together. It was a place where you do that AND so much more. Here, sisters call each other at all hours, have overnight study hours during finals so no one has to be alone, make a stunning Instagram for a little gnome statue that gets love from our whole sorority, and have fam dinners during the stressful times. For me, when I was first beginning my presidency, it was incredibly hard to adjust. I am so grateful that my fam and my sisters were there for me. I probably texted my fam group chat for advice and encouragement every single day, and they helped me feel comfortable and confident in my new place here. Sigma Kappa is a place where it didn’t matter what you look like or where you’re from, but it mattered where your heart was.
Each woman in this room embodies those same principles. Each woman in this room will always love, welcome, and be there for you.
The high from the moment I received my bid lasted for so long, and, I’ll be honest, that exhilaration for Sigma Kappa remains today. Now it’s only been a year, but my love for Sigma Kappa has only grown stronger. These women have impacted my life in ways that I couldn’t have imagined a year ago. So today, I invite you to Sigma Kappa, a chapter filled with love, excitement and a family that will always be here for you.
- Kristen Sun, President