Alpha Omicron Pi
As a freshman Penn State-er, I decided to try a long-distance relationship. My boyfriend of four years and I thought we could manage remaining together while we were at our respective schools. Unfortunately, our distant proximity was the impetus to the demise of our relationship. I experienced this difficult breakup during my pledging for Alpha Omicron Pi. Coming from a family with three daughters, I expected quite a bit from the word “sister.” My AOPi sisters substantiated my expectations. They proved that I did not have to be with my family to feel the same comfort I would feel at home. My friends prioritized checking on me if I was distressed about my ex-boyfriend, always asking if I needed anything; sometimes simply offering a pair of ears. Whether my requests were big or small, they were always significant to my AOPi sisters and were honored with promptness and selflessness. My experience with my sisters in a time of need confirmed that I had found the true friends that every vulnerable freshman hopes to obtain. Since joining Alpha Omicron Pi, I have seen the most consideration, respect, and altruism amongst a group of girls than I would ever expect from a sorority. I feel lucky to have found my own unique society of women, all of whom demonstrate genuine allegiance to one another.
Words to live by:
AOPi has taught me not to be afraid to go out on a limb give to others. I have learned to give as much as I can, because I have seen that I can expect the same care and consideration in return.
To become an elementary school teacher.