To the men who have changed my life,
I never dreamed that I would be the girl to go greek, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a fraternity sweetheart. I grew up with brothers, was never really a monogram kind of girl, and always doubted my ability to be a part of the community. I’m clumsy, awkward, outgoing and still so strange, but from the moment I met you all something clicked.
When I got the email saying that I was nominated to be sweetheart of the chapter I had grown to love so well, I panicked. Modern day stereotypes like girls like me to believe hat the only way you could ever be cut out to represent a group of men is if you bake for them.
I can’t bake, I can’t even make toast without burning it.
But again you defied the ideas instilled in the heads of so many of us, with a line at the bottom of the email. It read “you have been nominated because we believe your represent the morals and values of this chapter,” and I knew I couldn’t say no.
Because in the time that I have been a student on this college campus, your chapter had become my family. While I am so fortunate to be a part of an organization full of sisters who understand me for the person I am, having brothers is a home I was much more familiar with, and more than happy to have again here at school. Whenever I needed someone to hang out with, a pep talk before a test, but especially if I needed some people to make me laugh until I cry you all were there, in one way or another.
The day I got sweetheart I was the happiest human. You all showed up in suits and sang to me at chapter, and I had never in my life felt more like a princess. No one had ever bought me roses, and no one had ever really gone through so much trouble for me, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.
It’s been a year now, and I still pinch myself knowing I have had the opportunity to represent such an amazing group of individuals. You will never know how much you mean to me, how much light you’ve brought into my life, and how much support I feel knowing you all are behind me.
I want to say thank you. Thank you for being my big (and newest little) brothers. Thank you for supporting me whether it be coming to my chapters events or just my own; whether it be sending a supportive text or a trip to my dorm. Thank you for making me a happier person, for making me realize every day how lucky I am and for most importantly having my back unwaveringly.
You all are incredible people. Every single time I see you and get to spend time with you I am more in awe of the gentleman you are today than you were the day before. You keep inspiring me to be better and do more because I want to be the person you all saw in me when you took the chance on me when I had no idea who I was.
Thanks for being my people. Thanks for taking care, and thank you so much for being the family I didn’t even know I needed.
Love you always,