Since today is Helene in Between’s travel tuesday I thought I would share one of my favorite travel experiences brought to you by none other than Delta Delta Delta. My freshman year in college at WSU I was lucky enough to be invited to attend Tri Delta’s Regional Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas (the home of Tri Delta’s executive office and Helene too, small world). Not to complain but I thought my sorority could have held nationals in Hawaii or somewhere tropical because that is the natural habitat for a dolphin and since that is Tri Delta’s mascot it would have been a little bit more fitting with all of the Tridents, pearls and Poseidons floating around Regional Leadership conference. But Texas was still pretty cool. It was an amazing opportunity (especially as a freshman) to meet some truly kind and wonderful sorority sisters from all over the country and even from Canada. It was so eye opening to see that sorority membership is so much more than just your chapter but a whole nation of girls united under the same principles. Since I had never been to Texas before I was also excited to see a bit of the country that I hadn’t experienced. And for those of you who don’t know, it’s true, everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas is completely and totally different from Seattle.
I was most influenced by St.Jude night at the conference. A speaker/past patient from St.Jude told her story and the way St.Jude helped her, by the end I swear there was not a dry eye in the room. St.Jude is such a powerful charity and I am so happy that it is Tri Delta’s national philanthropy. Knowing that you are raising money for sick children is a great feeling and hearing the way St.Jude and Tri Delta affected a real person’s life in a positive manner made me that much more committed during Tri Delta philanthropy events.
Even though I didn’t get to spend much time in the actual city of Dallas (we did manage to hit up a mall, of course) the trip was such a blast and an unforgettable experience.
Since the school I transferred to is a small, private University it doesn’t have a greek system and I find myself missing Tri Delta and my beautiful sorority sisters on a VERY regular basis. Before recruitment I knew NOTHING about sororities other than what I had seen in Legally Blonde and even though it’s a great movie, let’s face it, it’s not exactly accurate. I’m so happy I had the sorority experience for the time I did, when else will I be able to live in a house with that many other girls? Or be part of such a well known national organization? I know not everyone’s sorority experience has been positive but I found “perpetual” bonds of friendship and I can honestly say that I “steadfastly love” all of my sisters. I would HIGHLY recommend at least trying the greek system, it isn’t for everybody but there are a lot of great chapters out there and I truly believe many of them succeed in helping men become better men and women become better women.
Thanks for reading my little throwback/travel story. I’m so anxious for my next travel story to start (Hawaii…2 days…woot!)