One aspect to never be taken for granted in college is the amazing friendships and community around you. I have seen incredible relationships and friendships flourish within my sorority at Elon, Sigma Alpha Omega®, a national Christian social sorority. I can honestly say that I would not be the person I am today without the girls in this organization. While we have had to endure some difficult journeys as an organization over the past three years, the bonds I’ve formed with these girls will never break.
As the school year winds down, underclassmen pack up their dorms and we are turning in our final assignments, graduation nears closer each day. My sorority celebrated our seniors last week with a beautiful ceremony the other sisters put together. It was complete, of course, with food, photos, memories, spur-of-the-moment videos, and beautiful “awards” given out to the seniors.
I almost died when my little and amazing friend, Amanda, stepped up to present the first award, “The Compulsive Blogger Award.” (The other awards were no less creative in their titles–the “Champagne” award and the “Baby’s Bottom” award—long story). Speeches and hugs were given, and words spoken that I will never forget.
The Compulsive Blogger Award was for being the most likely to blog about this award. And to humor them, that is exactly what I’m doing.
To be surrounded by such a community of love and acceptance is like no other. I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of a sorority where I can bring all my weirdness, love for blogging, habits of taking photos before I eat, deep thoughts, anxieties, passions and vulnerabilities, and be even more loved for all of it. I can say that I have grown as a person, sister, communicator, friend and above all Christ follower from the immense support and love from Sigma Alpha Omega.
To the sisters of SAO: I want to deeply thank you for your kind words of encouragement always; for listening when I talk too much; for giving me an opportunity to lead, follow, and serve; for giving me a community where I feel 100% myself; for being yourselves in all that you do; for living for Christ and inspiring others everyday. You have know idea the impact you have had on my life–and even though I don’t know what the future holds, I can see even a stronger impact you will have on my future. I love each and every one of you. You all remind me of Christ’s love and how He can love even deeper, even wider, than we can imagine. Keep showing His love in everything you do.
To my blogger friends: don’t be afraid to open up about blogging to “real life” friends. I had not fully embraced that part of my identity until last summer. Before that, I wouldn’t even want my parents to read my blog posts. I was okay with random people on the Internet reading my words, but I was afraid of having people from school finding out about random aspects of my life. I also didn’t really tell my friends about blogging a lot of times. Now, it has been amazing to be open and honest about where I see blogging fit into my life. As lifestyle bloggers, it’s hard to find a balance between mixing blogging and other life events. But, embrace it! If you are blogging because you truly love it, the community around you will support you in it and all your endeavors!
Who are the blog cheerleaders in your life? The community that always keeps your spirits lifted?