By Kristine “Aster” Medina, Assistant Editor
After weeks of enduring the education process, affiliates enter the real world of the sisterhood. Crossing into the everlasting sisterhood, each sister gets a unique feeling, whether it is a feeling of joy or a sense of fulfillment.
“I felt so happy,” Liza “©haos” Kim, an Emory University sister who crossed in spring 2010, said. “It seems silly and underwhelming to say that, but it was definitely my dominant emotion. I felt like I could do anything after managing to get through college and the process at the same time, and I especially felt like I could do anything with the support of my LSs and chapter.”
New sisters will begin their active membership this January within each chapter across the country, from Orlando to Albany.
The bond between sisters not only sets an example for others in the Asian community but reflects the future of Delta Phi Lambda.
Kim is now a second-year medical student at the University of Southern California, and although she is now an alumna, she continues to strengthen the bond she has with her sisters today.
After the reveal and initial celebration of becoming a part of the sisterhood, sisters have the opportunity to make the most of their undergraduate years by focusing on a much bigger picture through Delta Phi Lambda’s mission.
The mission statement focuses on advocating cultural awareness and the empowerment of women through values-based programming. How can sisters accomplish these tasks?
“For programming, I think we need to get back to the basics and purpose of our organization,” Hannah “Mocha” Seoh, former national president and a University of Cincinnati charter sister, suggested. “Why were we founded? It was to bring folks together in a forum that they might not have access to otherwise, to bridge the gap between folks who may have differing views, and continue to strip away at stereotypes. If that is always in our minds with all the events that we do, they can be more meaningful.”
The challenge of balancing every aspect of collegiate life is a feat to overcome, but the effort toward dedication in the sisterhood and in education will reap priceless benefits.
“Sisterhood is important and provides the social and emotional support that college students so often need,” Seoh said. “However, academics, professional experiences and graduating are paramount to success later in life. Many of my lifelong friends are ones that I met through the sorority, and sisters should be supportive and encouraging of all academic endeavors.”
Juliet “Escapade” Shen, a University of Albany sister who crossed in fall 2013, is adamant about taking mental pictures of the time spent with sisters outside of curriculum and chapter. She is a senior studying political science and sociology.
Shen encourages sisters to continue to strive for the vision of the sorority.
“Be prepared to really live up to the Preamble,” Shen said. “It takes dedicating your mind, body and spirit to get the most out of sisterhood….which is a great thing! You’ll learn how to be the best version of you possible!”
Neophytes will be dressed up in white this upcoming spring, bringing forth a new wave of collegiate women to take the torch of traditions, triumphs and trials as dedicated female leaders. With the guidance of sisters who have come before them, the light of the sisterhood shines forth.