By Charter member Katie Ryan, Eta Rho
Being adventurous and spontaneous is kind of my thing. Which is why I love college—you never know what’s going to happen next or how the next move you make will change your life.
I never thought of myself as a sorority girl and others viewed me as simply a college athlete. But after leaving the gym one day, I was approached by some students handing out hair-ties and sunglasses with “Be Greek” and “Kappa” printed on them. I knew Kappa Kappa Gamma was coming to Cal Poly and this piqued my interest. One of my best friends is a Kappa from Stanford University, and every time I visited her, I loved spending time with her Kappa sisters. You could tell just by spending a few moments with them how strong the bond of sisterhood was.
I gave in to spontaneity and attended one of Kappa’s informational meetings. Even though I was nervous and out of my comfort zone, I enjoyed everything the women had to say.
After more informational meetings and an interview, I made the decision to pledge Kappa. I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself, and to leave a legacy at Cal Poly. I wanted to be able to come back in 20 years to a beautiful and flourishing organization and say, “I helped start this.”
The first few weeks of starting a new chapter were stressful. With our Chapter Consultant guiding us, there were a lot of opinions to consider and decisions to be made. As a 21-year-old, third-year student, I knew I wanted to take a leadership role in the development of my chapter, and being a PR major, I was fortunate to be elected as Public Relations Chairman. Once we voted on the other leadership positions, we started to become a cohesive unit.
Our weekly chapter meetings were organized, fun and something I looked forward to every Sunday. We were establishing ourselves on campus and giving back to the community. We volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and read Dr. Seuss books to the children and made crafts with them. We also sold cookies to raise money for Kappa’s philanthropic partner, Reading Is Fundamental.
My chapter went all out during Greek Week, and we had huge cheering sections supporting our team at all the events. This was a great opportunity to get to know the other fraternities and sororities. If I hadn’t joined Kappa, I wouldn’t have met these incredible people.
From sisterhood studies at the library, to renting a movie theatre downtown, to our elegant Sapphire Ball, we have shared unforgettable experiences. We’ve had quiet late-night hangouts turn into loud memorable ones by laughing so hard with each other that we cry. Other times, I can talk to one of my sisters about something only she will understand. That’s what sisterhood is all about—an instantaneous bond that can’t be explained with words.
Thanks to Kappa, my college adventure took an unexpected turn. The best part is, this amazing adventure isn’t over … it’s just getting started!