It’s been a year (well, September 19 will be a year) since I decided I was going to be a part of my sorority, Epsilon Sigma Alpha.
You should be a part of it too.
EΣA is not a “normal” sorority. It’s not part of the Greek system at Ball State. But you shouldn’t discount us because of that. EΣA is full of the sweetest, kindest, most loving and dedicated women I know. Our non-Greek status hasn’t hindered us from making a name for ourselves on the campus and in our community.
Some of my favorite memories from the last year have involved EΣA, from volunteering for a “spa night” with the ladies at the YWCA to my very first sisterhood day cleaning up Tuhey Park. It’s truly amazing how quickly I got to know some of my sisters, and even though my big graduated last year, I know I’ve still got a lot of loving girls in my sorority.
Who should join EΣA?
- People who love to volunteer
- People who love friendship
- People who love Ball State
- People who are looking for their “niche” on campus
- People who want to be able to look into a crowd of students and be able to see at least one person they know, all because of EΣA
- People who love to support others
- People who want to make an impact in their community or on campus
Who can join EΣA?
As our vows, which we say before each chapter, state: “Let us be ever mindful of the responsibilities we pledged to ESA, to keep faith in ourselves and each other, be tolerant and sincere and ever worthy to wear the badge that symbolizes virtue, honor, truthfulness, and friendliness.” As long as you’re willing to uphold our values, EΣA is the place for you. We’re non-discriminatory–boy, girl, gay, straight, black, white–everyone is welcome in our sorority.
If you’re still not convinced, here are my top five reasons to join Epsilon Sigma Alpha:
- You will meet the most extraordinary women
I’m not kidding. Before I joined, I didn’t know that there were people as nice as the people we have in EΣA. It’s crazy. The ladies in our sorority will pick you up when you need a hand, and they’ll hold you up when you’re happy.
- You will always have a friend around
Like I said, being a part of our sorority means that even in a giant sea of people, you’re pretty likely to know someone. Whether you need a friend who can help you with a class or you’re looking for someone to hang out with at a football game, an EΣA member is bound to be around, and they’ll invite you to hang out with them.
- You get to continue your passion for service
When I was in elementary school, I was voted “Student Volunteer of the Year.” When I was in middle school, I was nominated for a state award because of my volunteerism. Throughout high school, I was a member of Key Club and student government and I spent several weekends a month volunteering. I was thrilled when I found EΣA at the activity fair my freshman year, because I knew it was my chance to continue my legacy of service. I’m not always able to do as much as I wish I could (being involved in three other organizations makes that tough), but I do what I can, and I feel like I’m making a difference in the lives of others.
- You get to represent your school in a positive light
People ask me all the time, “where do you go to school?” When I reply, I always say “Ball State. I love it so much.” On more than one occasion, I’ve been told “The only school where I hear people follow up their statement with ‘I love it so much’ is Ball State. You guys must have something good up there.” And it’s true. I love Ball State and Epsilon Sigma Alpha gives me a chance to represent my university in the best light, by giving back to the community. If you’re truly spirited, a sorority like EΣA is for you.
- You get to impact the lives of the people our philanthropies serve
The most rewarding part of EΣA is when you get to see (or hear about) the look on the faces of our philanthropies when we’re able to donate money or a product to them. The thought of helping children at Camp Riley or St. Jude, or helping those at Easter Seals brightens my days, weeks and months. Whether it’s creating care packages for St. Jude kids or building ramps for Easter Seals, knowing that you impacted someone’s day or their entire life is a life-changing feeling.
EΣA Phi Alpha’s rush week is this week, September 14-18. I’d love to see lots of new faces there. Join us for our events:
- September 14: info night (AJ175 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- September 15: craft night (TC120 @ 8:30 p.m.)
- September 16: karaoke night (Student Center Ballroom @ 8:30 p.m.)
- September 17: intentions night (Cardinal Hall B @ 9 p.m.)
- September 18: rush “date” (dinner and a movie) (Woodworth @ 7 p.m.)
Learn more information about our chapter at esaphialpha.com.