My name is Emily Siebenmorgen.1 (thanks, Ohio State) and I’m honored to have served the women of Delta Zeta as Chapter President for the past year. I know we haven’t met yet, but as nostalgic as I am seeing my own Greek life journey come to a close, I’m so excited for yours begin!
I’m so excited for the energy and anticipation you’ll feel running (or let’s be real: speed walking) home on bid day. For the laughs you’ll share while feasting at chapter dinners. For every Buckeye Donut you’ll savor at 8AM block and every late night you’ll order Insomnia to the chapter house while cramming for midterms. For finding your best friends that become your built-in travel partners, whether you’re traveling abroad or to the Olentangy Target.
I know you’ll find all these things and more in your sorority, because when you find a home like I did in Delta Zeta, these memories aren’t just the highlight reel. They’re everyday life.
By the time you’re reading this, recruitment will probably be weeks or even days away. You might be feeling a little anxious (wait, how do I know I’ll end up in the right chapter for me?) or confused (what even is “snappy casual?”). Maybe first semester has come and gone and you feel no more at home on campus than you did on move-in day. Maybe you’ve found some great friends already, but you don’t know how to get more involved and make Ohio State feel smaller. I know your concerns and apprehensions because I had them myself.
The great news is: no matter what happens over the course of two weekends, you’ll find an amazing sisterhood that is ecstatic to get to know you! Saying you’ll instantly gain several hundred friends on bid day is ambitious. But by your graduation, 200+ women and countless opportunities from Greek life will have shaped your time at Ohio State for the better.
In the end, every sorority in our Panhellenic community can give you friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. But through my membership in Delta Zeta, I’ve found so much more than friendship. I’ve learned how to lead even when I don’t have all the answers. Raised countless dollars to support those in the Deaf and hard of hearing communities. Found a mentor in my big, and inspiration from my little who somehow manages to do it all. Gained the confidence to navigate the weight floor at the RPAC with my sisters by my side. Given hundreds of service hours to the Columbus community. Made it through breakups and the loss of loved ones with a sister’s shoulder to cry on. While I joined Greek life to make new friends, the personal growth I saw from the support of my Delta Zeta sisters is why I stayed. I can’t wait for you to find a support network of your own in your chapter.
Since there’s still some time before we meet, take a look around our site. Scroll through our feed. But on behalf of every woman in Delta Zeta: we can’t wait to take this introduction offline and welcome you to the Greek community.
Talk to you soon :)