I knew that I wanted to be in a sorority ever since I was a ten year old girl scout selling cookies to the chapters at the local college. After finally going through recruitment eight years later, I can understand how sorority life might not be for everyone. In the same way, Kappa Delta is not for everyone either.
A sorority can be defined as “a society for female students in a university or college, typically for social purposes.” Kappa Delta can be defined as a national and international network of 230,000 women who are active members of their community and campuses, and who set the standards high and strive to make a difference. You don’t become a Kappa Delta, you are a Kappa Delta.
Chapters across the country are all different, but each is composed of women who have found each other because of excellence in all areas of their lives. KD’s are leaders in their chapters, campuses, and communities, and lead through example.
Together, KD’s are sisters, friends, support systems, study buddies, roommates, and so much more. They work together, live together, laugh together, and cry together, and their experiences become irreplaceable and invaluable. Things are not always perfect, because every family can be a little dysfunctional, but they will always have your back. Kappa Delta will become your home and family while at college, but the friendships will last long past those four years.
Founded in 1897, the traditions of KD are the basis for the values of the organization, and shape what every chapter strives for. Rituals and symbols give sisterhood meaning, and the founding sisters of KD created a legacy for all future members to uphold.
KD’s philanthropies are about improving America by improving the future of our country: our children. Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) and The Girl Scouts of America create better opportunities for children, especially young girls. Kappa Deltas make a direct impact on their community by working with local girl scout troops, and they make a difference in the lives of children across the country by fundraising and increasing awareness for PCAA.
It can be easy to get caught up in the idea of shiny images or superficial perks, but Kappa Delta can turn you into the woman you should be, and want to be. Your sisters will challenge you, but they will also help you to grow. Kappa Deltas are the women you want to be friends with because they are they women you want to be; intellegent, fun, passionate, beautiful, driven, and the list goes on and on. Kappa Delta teaches you to be confident, and teaches you to be a better version of yourself, not another version of someone else.
I am a Kappa Delta, and I am proud. I hope that if you’re going through recruitment, you can find a chapter and a home with girls as amazing as my KD family.