These days everyone is feeling a little discombobulated and in many ways, it probably seems like the world has been turned on its head. During this time, you’ve probably felt every emotion, with none being stronger than that feeling of being isolated. We’re right there with you. It is fine to feel those emotions, especially with all of the uncertainty right now, it is normal to be concerned or worried. No one knows when we will return to campus or be allowed to visit with friends and family. Despite it all, one thing is certain, this will pass and we, as sorority women, will remain strong.
Think about it, sorority women have overcome a lot since the founding of our organizations. From a similar health crisis in 1918 to the Great Depression and even two world wars. Through it all, our organizations have persevered. We will too. We are resilient, and with the support of our sisters continue to thrive as organizations.
Even in the worst of times, we come together to help our sisters and our communities. We have already seen sorority women doing what they can to help others. Women are making masks for health professionals, donating blood or volunteering at food banks when able. Some sisters are using their skills to help lift the spirits of others by hosting free yoga sessions or webinars on mental health and staying productive at home. Some sororities are even offering funds to sisters in need. This is just a fraction of what sorority women are doing to support others.
Our sisterhood also remains strong. Technology is allowing women to stay connected. From zoom chapter meetings and hosting philanthropic events via social media, women are getting creative with traditionally in-person events. Chapters and organizations are providing a space for women to have a sense of normalcy and support wherever possible.
The world might seem heavy right now, but it is important to stay strong and focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. Keep in mind that this too shall pass and life will return to a sense of normalcy, it will just take time. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you are in need of assistance or if you are feeling uneasy or anxious. Reaching out to your sisters for support or to express your emotions can be extremely helpful because more than likely you’re not alone. Even if you don’t personally have any feelings of unease, you can also reach out to sisters to let them know you are a place of support for them. Some sisters may not be comfortable reaching out first for support, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in need. By relying on one another we will build a stronger sorority community.