I graduated from the U of A many years ago and was excited when my daughter announced after many months of the college search that she would head to Fayetteville. As we packed up to send her off on her next adventure, I was suddenly bombarded with a mix of emotions. First and foremost, was sadness but that evolved into happiness and excitement as I thought about the new and fun things she would experience. Fear also crept in because she was still in many ways my little girl and I could not help but wonder how she would survive on that huge campus all by herself. I also knew she would have to get involved in some clubs to get connected and meet people.
During my years at the University I was an active member of many organizations, including a sorority. Since I was a very active alumna, my daughter was exposed to Greek life early in her childhood. She was excited to explore the option for herself. I knew that a sorority would provide her a “home away from home” and was happy she decided to pursue Greek life. I was the typical helicopter Mom as we prepared the get the RIFs and letters to all of the sororities on campus. There were a couple of new sororities on campus since my days at UA and Kappa Delta was one of them. I knew precious little about the house, but one of my friends from high school had a daughter that just graduated and happened to be a KD. She graciously agreed to write a RIF.
Rush/recruitment was somewhat similar to my days at UA but overall had changed a lot. Recruitment was tough and very competitive. The girls started out visiting all of the houses and then narrow it down as the week progressed. It was hot and the days were long. Throughout the week, my daughter was constantly telling me how much she liked the KD house and the girls in it! She was impressed by their dedication to grades, their philanthropy and their involvement on campus. I decided to go up on bid day just to see her and be supportive. I knew she was hooked. She put Kappa Delta at the top of her list on Pref Day so I crossed my fingers and headed to the KD house on Bid Day.
As she was running down Maple Street toward the KD house, I caught a glimpse of her very happy, smiling face and she held her bid tightly in her hand. Walking through the front door into the foyer, we both immediately felt right at home. I was very proud of her as she mingled around the house and lawn with her new sisters. I quickly realized she did not need her mom hanging around so I gave her a big hug and the precious green and white Kappa Delta gifts I just purchased that morning and decided it was time for me to head back on the road. My daughter now had a new “home” with a lot of new sisters. I drove all of the way back to Little Rock with a big smile on my face.
As soon as I got home, I jumped on my computer to do some research on Kappa Delta. I was most impressed with everything I read. I immediately signed up to help in the Parents Club. Since the past president of the club was retiring because her daughter graduated, I decided to take on the job and have not looked back since. It opened up a whole new world for me and also has provided me a way to give back to an organization that has given so much to my daughter. I wanted to know more about Kappa Delta and help other parents learn and stay connected to the new world their daughters now live.
If you are interested in joining the Parents Club, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/kappadeltaparentgroupzg/
Very Proud Kappa Delta Mom
President of Parents Club