“What if I don’t fit in? What if this isn’t for me?” I asked my mom on the day before Eta Omega’s Founding Bid Day. My mom replied, “Lizzy, but what if you do? What if this experience turns out to be best part of college?” And so, with a little push from my mom, I took a leap of faith - and I never looked back.On November 9 2013, I signed the charter for Eta Omega, and fully entered into a sisterhood that forever changed my life. It turns out that moms are sometimes right, and a little faith and had work can give you the most rewarding experiences.
As Eta Omega celebrates its third birthday, I cannot help but feel pride for all the ways this chapter has grown. We started as a chapter of “strangers” - a bunch of women who were in one room because the idea of being apart of something new and being an agent for change was appealing. We have turned into a sisterhood, a network of more than 200 women who share common ideals and who support one another. We built the foundation for friendship and leadership that I hope continues to grow and evolve each year.
Our growth did not stop there, however. The women who have pledged themselves to Kappa Alpha Theta at Saint Louis University have grown in their dedication not only to the University but also to the fraternity ideals as a whole. I am amazed at the inspiring women that fill this chapter as they act as agents for change within the community. I am proud to be surrounded by women who take a stand for what they believe in. This dedication to the University and the living out of the ideals of the fraternity is something that truly fills me with pride.
As senior thinking about the birthday of Kappa Alpha Theta at Saint Louis University, I think of the younger members and the type of legacy that they will continue to build upon. I see the dedication of the juniors running for leadership positions within the chapter. I see the love of a sophomore who wants nothing more than to continue to build their skill set and friendships within the chapter. And I see the excitement of a freshman, who has the next four years to be a part of something truly special. I look at these women and cannot help but be filled with pride for their dedication to one another and to the chapter. Seniors, don’t worry I haven’t forgotten you. What a crazy few years it has been. Through all the highs and lows, I feel lucky to have gotten to know each one of these women. We have grown from girls into women. From freshman not knowing where life would take us, to women with a purpose and dedication. Thank you to Theta for allowing this growth.
Happy Birthday Eta Omega, may you continue to flourish and grow. I could not be more proud to be a member of this chapter and I hope that this organization continues to change the lives of each women involved.
Throughout the past 3 years at SLU, the Eta Omega chapter has accomplished great things. Last year, we raised over $6,000 for Voices for Children through our philanthropy week and our annual fundraising event, Cakes for CASA. Each semester, members complete around 2,000 hours of service. Last year, we were crowned Greek Week Champions, raised over $800 and donated over 1000 cans along side Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities. Additionally, we were nominated for Outstanding Student Organization at the Saint Louis University’s Leadership and Service Awards and achieved Bronze Kite status within Kappa Alpha Theta. However, it is not only achievements that make us who we are as an organization - it is our friendship and sisterhood. Happy Birthday Eta Omega! Here’s to many more years.