As April blended into May, and final exams were complete, my daughter moved home for the summer and I couldn’t have been more excited. Mary Claire and her many new ‘belongings’ (How did she get all that stuff in her dorm room I want to know??!) have landed for a brief respite in her attic bedroom. Upon her return, I have been reflecting on this past freshman year for my daughter and mulling over the successes and bumps in the road. All in all, it has been a very successful adventure for her and she has grown immensely in learning about herself, about others, and about what she is most passionate.
A huge blessing in her affiliation with her sorority has been the service culture in which they have immersed her. As a Millennial, she has grown up in a school system that has a focus on community service so she is open and looking for opportunities to work as a team toward a common goal to make a difference. Through her sorority, she had many opportunities to have an impact on others.
The volunteer experiences she had have run the gamut: Sundaes on Sunday, helping young women do their hair, nails, and make up for the School for the Blind prom, reading for the blind, nursing home visits, various walks for hearts, for cures, for life…the infamous Dance Marathon. There were numerous other events including her support of her other sorority and fraternity friends’ chapter philanthropies across campus.
Certainly all of these experiences have prepared her for a lifetime of giving back in whatever community she settles in upon graduation. I am so grateful that her Greek experience has fostered this in such a fun and rewarding way, and it is yet another important aspect of sorority life that we need to appreciate for our Greek affiliated daughters.
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