When I ran down Coming Street to the Kappa Alpha Theta house on bid day nearly 17 years ago, I don’t think I had a clue how much that day would eventually shape the woman I would become! I think it is fair to say I was joining Greek Life for all the superficial reasons like the cute t-shirts and the broadened social scene. The member education period and my initiation were the start of a growing appreciation for the more important parts of sorority membership – true sisterhood, leadership, and accountability, to name a few. I remember waiting to cross the street one day and seeing one of my sisters on the adjacent corner. I thought to myself how different we were and how our paths might not have crossed if not for Theta and how there were so many things about that woman that made me proud to call her my sister. I think that was my first “Ah ha!” moment.
A few years after graduating, I joined the Advisory Board for my chapter and eventually moved on to become a District officer, and just a few weeks ago was elected to Grand Council. Volunteering for Theta has truly enriched my life in ways I could never have imagined. The Fraternity principals and ideals I pledged to uphold as a collegian are still a guiding force in my life today. I’ve had the opportunity to hone the leadership skills I began to develop as a collegian. I’ve made relationships that will last a lifetime with women who were toddlers when I pledged Theta and women who pledged Theta before I was born. Perhaps the most rewarding experience has been to watch as women I mentored as a chapter advisor go on to become an advisor themselves. Thetas have a saying, “Theta for a lifetime”, and for me, that is absolutely the truth!
April Pinkston DuPree ’96, Biochemistry Major