In the Fall of 2008, I decided to go through PHA Formal Recruitment at Indiana University. I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited nonetheless. While most girls go through rush as Freshmen, I had been sick for recruitment my Freshman year and had to drop out. So, as a Sophomore, I gave it another go. IU has one of the biggest Greek communities in the nation, housing 19 (now 20) of the 26 Panhellenic sororities and 28 IFC Fraternities (4 colonies). I knew because of its size that some houses had reputations and stereotypes, but I ignored them and paid attention to what mattered to me the most: Sisterhood. One house in particular stood out the most.
Alpha Delta Pi
From the moment I first walked through the doors at 19 party, I knew there was something special. The smallest house on campus had the strongest sisterhood and the most personality. I’m eccentric, they loved me anyway. I wanted to be a part of whatever it was they had. I went back every round excited to see who I was going to talk to next. However, everyone around me kept talking horribly about the house I loved so dearly and I began to wonder if it was really an adventure I wanted to take. In the end, I decided I didn’t care what everyone thought. All that mattered was what I wanted, and I wanted Alpha Delta Pi.
On January 11, 2009, my Rho Gamma Emily showed up at my apartment with an envelope. The envelope contained this card:
What to most looks like nothing special, to me is the card that changed my life forever. I showed up on Bid Day with 10 other girls who chose to accept bids from ADPi. What my Alpha Class lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality. I loved each and every one of my sisters from the get-go and I never stopped. Never, in a million years, could I imagine what was in store for the Beta Alpha chapter in the years to come.
From a pledge class of 11 to a pledge class of 85, Alpha Delta Pi has gone from 40 members to over 200 in 3 years. I could not be more proud to call myself a Beta Alpha Alum or an Alpha Delta Pi. I wish more than anything that I could relive the past 3 years over and over again for the rest of my life. They were the best years of my life and I can’t imagine my college life without being an Alpha Delt.
ADPi, like diamonds, is forever. It’s not for 4 years, it’s for life.
OBIC <> PLAM