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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Thank You and You're Welcome

She had taken these tree-lined sidewalks so many times over the last four years, and who knew when she would walk them again.  After all, she was already two hours into her new life as a college graduate.  She had asked her family to give her just an hour alone to wander the campus, wishing for a final chance to soak in the memories before her overstuffed car took her down the hill.  Away from here.

Her feet took her first to her freshman dorm.  She could almost feel the nervousness of four years ago return.  The dining hall where she spent most of her meals came next.  She smiled at the thought of the table in the northeast corner.  Room for eight, but they always found a way to squeeze in twelve at least. 

Her feet took her past the academic buildings where she earned cum laude grades.  She saw the fitness center whose beckoning she tried her best to answer.  Sometimes.  And then the hockey arena, the library, the auditorium where she saw the Dalai Lama, and even the bench where she liked to sit in between classes.

And then, her feet took her a little further.  She had one more place to see.  Upon arrival, she
looked up and saw the same Greek letters that dominated her T-shirt wardrobe.  And the house, which had been her home.

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  1. I felt like I was reading my own diary

  2. This is a great post! I agree with Sharli... so relate-able.

  3. This was such a blessing to read, I'm so glad I had a sister to forward this to me. <3 OTB proud to be an Alpha Alumna

  4. I just graduated yesterday and am now an alumna of Alpha Chi Omega. This post sums everything that I have been trying to put into words for the past couple of days! Beautiful!

  5. Sarah L. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Greek CommunityOctober 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    This was a beautifully written article. I think this is the feeling many people feel when thinking about time spent and given in their greek organization. I know my organization has given me so many opportunities and memories I never would have had without it. I also hope in the future I will be able to keep giving to the sorority, in order for it to keep growing strongly. Greek life is something that can hardly be put into words, but you did a great job doing so here!

  6. This was incredible. Made me cry. I saved the link so that hopefully, when it comes time for me to say "thank you" and
    "you're welcome" to my organization, I'll be able to find it and reread it.

  7. My little sent this to me last year when I graduated, I saved the link and look at this every so often. I get chills every time I read this because it is so well thought out and describes the journey every sorority woman experiences.

  8. Even though this was directed towards Sorority women, I really appreciated this post. I've only just finished my sophomore year at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, but I'm looking forward to what my future in the Greek has in store for me as well as the ways I can show my Fraternity my dedication. It is always best to remember that you get out what you put it!

  9. What a powerful meditation on moving on and letting go without wallowing in sentimentality - breathtaking and profound. Thank YOU.