Tori Grovas, a sophomore Theta, who is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, wrote the following blog post. Keep reading to learn more about Tori’s exciting experiences being abroad with her Theta sisters!
“Theta has played a big role in my life. When I joined as a freshman, I had no idea that it would be one of the best decisions I would make that first semester. Just like most things, it took a while to actually feel completely at home. That had a lot to do with the fact that we were a brand new sorority and were trying to figure out our identity. After about a month in Theta, I knew that I had found something special and indescribable.
At the beginning of my second semester of freshman year, I was nominated to serve on Membership Development Committee (MDC). At the time, I had no idea that this would be a great addition to my Theta life. MDC made me see all of the potential that Theta has, and how every sister plays into that potential. I loved my time on MDC. It gave me a purpose in Theta and allowed me to see that I could do other things inside of Theta. It also encouraged me to go to more events and sisterhoods. The more I went to sisterhoods and got to know my sisters, the more I fell in love with Theta. This past semester was my favorite semester in Theta so far. It was great to return to campus and be back with all of my sisters that I missed so much over the summer. I continued my time on MDC and continued to be involved in as many things as possible. The more that I put into Theta, the more I got out of it.
Going abroad has always been something I wanted to do. Even in high school, I used to dream about traveling Europe and going to all of the places I had always dreamed of. Theta made going abroad and leaving all of my sisters at SLU very difficult. I definitely knew that I was going, but Theta and all of my wonderful sisters and friends made it difficult to leave.
I have loved Spain so much so far. I have been blessed because I have gotten to travel with two of my amazing sisters—Hannah Campbell and Brett Rutledge. They have made the transition to Spain a little easier. We all flew here to Spain together (with a few bumps in the road, but we made it eventually) and also got to explore Madrid in our first few weeks here. They have been wonderful travel companions. Brett, Hannah, and I have been to Portugal and Morocco so far, and Hannah and I traveled to Ireland and Brussels together. These trips were all amazing and I can’t wait for many more amazing trips with them. We have been able to do so much and see a lot, and honestly, I will never forget this time with my sisters.
It is funny because at times we catch ourselves in “Theta mode” where we are talking about the things happening in our chapter. We can’t help talking about our sisters that we miss so much or the events that we are missing out on. We find ourselves having to remind each other to enjoy our time in Spain, because it will be over before we know it and we don’t want to miss out. We love getting the weekly update from our CEO, Danielle, and we love learning about what is happening in our chapter. We are anxiously waiting to be reunited with our sisters at home. We think about them constantly, and we know they are thinking of us too. We love when we get messages from a sister at home. It makes the distance seem smaller.”
We are the Eta Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Saint Louis University. We were established on November 9th, 2013. We have over 180 wonderful sisters that are alike in many ways but all with unique interests. Our blog will highlight many of these.