Letters. No, I’m not talking about the 26-character alphabet you are taught at a young age, I’m talking about the Greek insignia that I wore on my first day of class. The first day of classes for any college student can be intimidating but thankfully I walked into class and sat down next to a girl wearing the same exact shirt as me. Going into my fall semester of my freshman year of college there were many things I was unsure of: where would I live, what would my friends be like, would I succeed in school, but most of all – would I fit in? It’s the question that sits in the back of each person’s mind as they enter the unknown. Geauxing Greek for me was a no-brainer, my family’s tradition at LSU was to be Greek. Therefore, it was my every wish and desire to run down the curved road of West Lakeshore Drive in 100 degree weather before my first day of school.
Recruitment is exhilarating for some and absolutely terrifying for others. It’s filled with ice water and conversations, most being repetitive. However, regardless of the outcomes you end up where you truly belong. Although four years ago I couldn’t imagine being anything else but another sorority, I am incredibly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a Zeta Tau Alpha. Being Greek is so much more than the stories one hears over the news, or what people post on Facebook, it’s a tradition that becomes a part of you forever. The letters that I represent stand for a philanthropy that changes lives, scholarship that pushes you to be a better student, leadership that develops you, and socials to round you out.
During my time in ZTA, I had the honor and privilege of serving in multiple leadership positions but the most rewarding was serving on Executive Council as the New Member Educator for 97 women. For an entire year, I dedicated my time and service to a position that consistently gave back to me in ways I never imagined. While serving on this council I also lived in the sorority house and let me tell you, the closet space is impeccable among 58 women. The house was a place that fostered many friendships that developed into best friends. There are nights of laughter, late night coffee runs, and studying until the early morning that I will never forget. Although, these few paragraphs may not say it, being Greek made me a better woman, a better sister, a better daughter, a better friend and a better student. I would not be the individual I am today without it and I will forever go into the world with the letters I wore for four years stored in the fondest part of my heart. My advice for you is that if you are considering Greek Life or if your son or daughter is considering becoming Greek, remember that we all get by from a little help from our friends. Take a chance and you just might find your home at LSU!
Randi is a recent graduate of LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. During her time at LSU she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, LSU Ambassadors, Alpha Lamda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. This summer she will serve as the Parent Orientation Leader to the College of Agriculture and this fall she will pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.