I can remember clear as day walking into the old bi-level foyer of my Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house on bid night like it was literally yesterday. So many people stuffed into one dining room to hear about what it meant to officially be an Alpha Gam. I was just a naive little freshman looking for friends and people I could create a #girlsquad with. And boy did my hopes come true with flying colors!
Stepping into my sorority that day freshman year changed my life for the better. It taught me so much about myself, who I wanted to be, how to nurture relationships, and ultimately brought my very best friends into my life. I know it is completely cliche, but these amazing women will be in my life forever, we’ve been in each other’s weddings and are now celebrating everyone’s new babies growing up together.
Looking back, I can pinpoint all the amazing memories and times I had with my squad because Facebook had just come out (you still needed an .edu email address to get in at that point in time!). And the one thing that I pounced on with Facebook was the pictures and gallery function. For graduation I got a brand new, little point and click Canon Powershot that I could keep in my wristlet and bring with me everywhere.
All of the adventures, events, parties, lazy Sundays and binge nights at the library were captured on that beautifully small Powershot. And you are not a sorority girl unless you literally take a selfie in.every.bathroom.possible. I wish I was kidding but I have many photos of me and my squad sporting the latest fashions with those terrible duck faces (why did we think that was attractive??). Most people would probably delete them after all this time. But I’ve kept every single one. Every single one. Those duck faces may have looked ridiculous, but it was ridiculously amazing memories associated with the people in that photo and it transports me back to that point in time when I scroll through those pictures.
I’m incredibly grateful to have my sorority sisters as part of my life, but also now, looking back, so impressed with our photographing skills and bathroom selfie game was always on point 😉
Thankfully, we have graduated from the duck faces to real, genuine smiles, and really tacky “going out clothes” for a bit more work appropriate attire. But, one thing that has remained, are the amount of photos we love taking and sharing with each other – and I doubt that will ever go away.