Sigma Kappa

Letter from the Chapter

Letter from the Chapter

Dear Potential New Members,

Two years ago today, I was a confused and nervous freshman, desperately trying to juggle all of the homework, studying, and adjusting that freshman year throws at you. Although I felt like I had almost everything under control, there was a piece from my college experience that I felt was missing.

My first semester at BU was actually one of the most fun semesters I have had so far. I was so excited to finally get away from home, go to my dream school, and meet people from all different ends of the world. However, after those first few months, the excitement and thrill of college life began to wear off. I found myself struggling everyday to make friends and keep up in my classes. All I could think about was how much I missed being at home where everything was comfortable and normal. I started to doubt if I had chose the right major and even started to doubt my decision to come to BU. The idea of transferring was constantly in my head, and I couldn’t help but think that this is not what college is supposed to be like. I felt extremely lost at a school I thought I would love, and I ultimately knew that something had to change.

Never in a million years would I have thought that going through recruitment and joining Sigma Kappa would be the missing piece to my college experience that I needed. However, joining Sigma Kappa has hands down been the best decision I have ever made for myself. Going through recruitment, I thought that I would make some friends and maybe end up making some really fun memories. Although Sigma Kappa has given me these things, it has given me much, much more.

Sigma Kappa has led me to the most supportive, encouraging, caring, and strong group of women that I have ever known and would have never met if I had not made the decision to go through recruitment.

I can honestly say that I would not be standing here as the President of Sigma Kappa, if it had not been for the women sitting in this room next to you all of you. Sigma Kappa has allowed me to grow as a person, become more confident in myself, and has given me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone. I have made memories and friendships that I know will last well beyond my time at Boston University, and that is something I could not have confidently said just two years ago.

Many of you sitting right in front of me, may be feeling the same way I did my freshman year. Or, maybe you are here for a completely different reason. Whatever your reason for going through recruitment may be, I hope that you come out of this weekend feeling like you have found your people and your home.

As you finish up this weekend and prepare to open up your bid day envelopes in just a couple of days, go into each party with an open mind and think about if these are the women you can picture yourself on a Sunday night eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, in your pj’s with no makeup on. Find the group of women who you won’t be afraid to be yourself around. Find the people who will laugh with you, cry with you, support you, and motivate you. And finally, find the women who will allow you to find yourself and be the best version of yourself.

Thank you so much, and I want to wish you the very best of luck with the rest of your weekend and the rest of your time at BU. I know recruitment can be a stressful process, but I promise you, you will end up where you are meant to be. The moment I realized I had found my home in Sigma Kappa, was the best, most indescribable feeling. These women made me feel so comfortable, and I felt as if I was talking to my best friends who I had known for years.

In Sigma Kappa, I hope you find your future roommates, your future brunch buddies, and the people you will always be able to count on. Sigma Kappa was the missing piece to my college experience, and I truly hope you find yours too.


Ellen Clouse