May 072010
 
Authors: Melissa Still, president of Delta Delta Delta

As those last few weeks of college progress and many of us move closer to our polyester-caped succession toward our diplomas, it allows us to think about our experiences at CSU. 

As a freshman, I was told that the greatest lessons learned in college would not come from the classroom but from experiences, and looking back on my college career, I know the best choice I made was my membership in a Greek organization. 

As a freshman, I went through Recruitment, shy and unsure about my new surroundings. Initially, I felt lost in the sea of faces, yet as the week progressed I met exceptional women. 

When I joined a sorority, I had expectations to be involved, meet new friends and have some fun along the way.  From the beginning, I enjoyed my Greek experience. But I never expected my membership would give me the opportunity to become a confident woman, lobby in Washington D.C. and travel the world. 

With each year, as another Greek Week or Homecoming passed, I did not realize my immense personal development.
 
As the president of a chapter, I was able to lead an extraordinary group of women.  As difficult times came, I had the support of close friends. 

When I look back, I realize there was never one moment where I changed and became a confident woman.  Instead, it was a multitude of experiences and the support of many.  

Through my membership I was able to lobby in Washington D.C.  The experience allowed me to use my communication major, and I was able to work with politicians, meet other Greeks from across the nation and make a difference on issues that affect collegians. 

This next year, I will have the opportunity to travel for my international organization, assisting chapters.  It will allow me to meet other members of my organization and provide me with the next step in my personal development. 

As many graduates are anxious of what the future may hold, I find solace in the fact that I have a support system and a plethora of applied knowledge I gained through my Greek membership.  

As E.E. Cummings said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” My Greek experience allowed me to not only find myself, but it will continue to develop and shape the best version of myself.   

Melissa Still is a senior communications major and president of CSU’s Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

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