Not four years, but for life

Delta Phi Epsilon - Gamma Kappa Chapter at Capital University

Keep Calm and Esse Quam

Happy Monday, July 2!  We can’t believe it’s already July; where did June go?! It was a stormy weekend in Columbus; hope everyone stayed safe!

To kick off July, we have a testimony from our amazing sister, Aimee Connelly!  Aimee is a rising sophomore and joined DPhiE in the spring of 2012! Enjoy! :)

I grew up in a close knit family. We were always together; vacations, church, sports, and just about everywhere in between. There was only one thing missing from my family and that was sisters. My home is a home of boys. I love them dearly but I never really had a sister to confide in, or share clothes with.To be honest I was skeptical of Greek Life. I knew nothing of it outside of the media’s grotesquely warped images of vapid blondes and drunken frat boys shooting horses in the dean’s office. However the thought of a non-biological family intrigued me. Only a few people I know have gone Greek but sorority life was never at the top of our conversation list. However toward the end of my senior year of high school the idea of Greek Life was sold to me by an alumnae of Kappa Delta. Her daughter became a legacy and then a house mother at another school but this fantastic woman still keeps in touch with her sisters with philanthropy projects, conventions, and coffee dates. After hearing how her sorority was so driven to inspire their women to help their community while retaining a close knit sisterhood I knew that I had to find that at my own college. 

The first round of recruitment parties showed me the wonderful women of Delta Phi Epsilon. I attended only one of their informal recruitment parties and was impressed by the leadership of the newly chartered chapter but still had yet to be sold on how they wanted to make an impact on the world around them. During the first round formal recruitment party, we were shown the PEARL Program. This program is, in a nutshell, a way to ensure that all women are striving to be well rounded and to become women who will make a positive impact on society. The program has women do projects to better their community but also to better themselves. This program is what impressed me the most out of any sorority I encountered. 
The best part, though, was to see that the women of DPhiE were so driven to become the best possible version of themselves. Our motto is “Esse Quam Videri” or “To be, rather than to seem” which I found as a poignant and concise way of saying that you need to enjoy and appreciate life and to make the best of it while you can. I found this evident in all of the women I encountered. 
So needless to say, I was enthralled when I saw the bid from DPhiE and knew that it was the place for me. No, I did not simply follow my friends from first semester into just one sorority but have kept close with them after we found the best places for ourselves. I am grateful for those other friends and those other friendships help solidify Capital’s strong and supportive Greek Community. I could not imagine my life without being a part of Greek Life. I love having a sister to go study with for an exam and watching some of my friends in one of the fraternities have a flash mob. In the short time this past year that I was a member, things have changed all for the better. I am now friends with women that I probably would not have had the chance to know and have helped, in my small way, to help carve a niche for this blossoming chapter. I feel so blessed now that I have become an active sister and am excited to see what all sorority life has in store for me during my remaining years at Capital.  
YITS to all my unicorns! :)
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