7 Things I LOVE About Sigma
Typically when I’m writing #ThoughtfulThursday blogs it is in the form of a “How To” guide with active steps to achieve a particular goal in mind. Today I decided to take the time to share a few things about why I love my sorority so much! The number 7 is very important to the women of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., as it represents the 7 school teachers that decided to found this illustrious organization. Personally I’ve been in this organization a little over 7 years and it’s the week of my chapter’s anniversary…it seemed like a perfect time to reflect on the goodness of my sorority. With that being said, here’s a list of the 7 things I love about Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
1. Embrace your uniqueness
Since joining this sorority, every moment in this sorority has taught me to embrace my uniqueness in such a way that you are able to fully be exactly who you are. Never once has my sorority encouraged me to behave in a way that was ingenuine or create a mold for what the ideal “Sigma Woman” looks like. In the 7+ years I’ve been apart of this sorority, I have never met 2 sorors who were exactly the same, and I truly appreciate that reality. I have always been a person to buck up against tradition and fight to be authentic to myself…so when it came to choosing a sorority I knew I needed a home that allowed me to be true to who I am at all times.
2. Be the best version of yourself
While Sigma continuously encourages me to be myself, she is always encouraging to be the best possible version of myself. I am constantly being exposed to trainings, development opportunities, a loving nudge in the right direction (also known as the 2-finger tap), sisterly accountability, and words of encouragement. When I look back on the growth I’ve experienced in the last 7 years, a large majority of the people who have encouraged the most growth in my life…I met them as a result of my connection to the sorority. There is always someone rooting for me, encouraging me to keep pushing, and holding me accountable to being the absolute best version of myself.
3. You can’t spell sisteRHOod without the “Rho”
I know all sororities have sisterhood…I get that completely. But y’all! I don’t know what it is about my beloved sorority, but we are truly blessed to experience the genuine and quantity of sisterhood that grows rapidly on all levels of the sorority. I love my (blood) sister with all of my heart, but second to her…my sorors take the cake. The greatest blessing is when you have sorors who become sisters and begin to feel like family. I have been blessed to have quite a few sister/sorors who are quite literally an essential part of my life. My absolute best friend is my soror and I couldn’t imagine life without her sisterhood, along with the other sister/sorors that I have in my life. I love you guys!
4. “Greater Service…Greater Progress”…more than a motto
Our motto is “Greater Service…Greater Progress” and it is absolutely more than just a motto, it’s something we live by in every effort. What I have learned through Sigma is that “community service” doesn’t have to always look like the traditional versions of community service, instead it can look like being engaged in the social and interpersonal lives of those in your community, community service can in fact be fun and enjoyable, and it can be engaging in many different aspects of life. My favorite community service initiative is our annual youth symposium in which we engage with the youth of the community addressing a diverse set of life skills and encouraging diversity in the STEM fields.
5. Pushing for education in all facets
My beloved sorority was the only sorority founded by graduate students, all of whom were teachers…because of this we have spent the past 95+ years focused on the empowerment and furtherment of education for women of all phases of life. Did you know that Sigma Gamma Rho has 5 different segments of our organization serving women in different stages of life? Rhosebuds (ages 8-11), Rhoers (ages 12-18), Undergrads (women pursuing a 4-year degree), Graduates (women who hold a 4-year degree), and Philos (women without a 4-year degree). We have an annual initiative to provide school supplies to those in need, we call it Operation Big Bookbag. And many chapters, including my very own, adopts local schools to further support and engage in the lives of those in our communities.
6. Leadership development skills
I couldn’t possibly describe how much my leadership skills have developed and grown in the years of being apart of this sorority. Being in leadership positions and supporting those who are, I have learned effective organization and continued growth and development. I am naturally a very shy person, but that’s hard to believe by so many because I have learned to get out of that shyness and own my brilliance. I have learned to be a leader in my community, my sorority, and most importantly a leader in my own life.
7. Productive members of society
I have yet to meet a soror who was not involved in a million things and manage to do so seamlessly. I’m not sure if it’s a result of being apart of the sorority or the type of women we tend to recruit (probably the later) but either way…all of my sorors are very productive members of society. When I think about the people who inspire me the most, many of them are my beloved sorors who are engaged in so many different aspects of contributing to society. Sorority engagement, professional excellence, balancing family, serving the community, many have their own businesses, and living a spiritual life.
To thee only Sigma Gamma Rho, I just want to thank you for all that you’ve taught me and given me over the years. Your love, exposure, and development has been my absolute honor. When I made the decision to join Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., I was focused on what I could give to this sorority, I had no idea how much I would stand to gain in return.