There is no beating around the bush or sugar-coating it—life is tough right now. We are on month six of a new normal and the transition has not been an easy one.
Here at Old Dominion University, many classes are now online. This means we have had to switch to a fully virtual recruitment since many women may be staying in their hometowns instead of on campus. Our chapters cannot hold weekly chapter meetings or any events in- person this semester. In June, the university decided we would begin classes in mid-August and end the semester before Thanksgiving. Just this week, they have decided classes will now begin at the very end of August. In the midst of the craziness, my Panhellenic sisters make it bearable. In a time where anything and everything is uncertain, one thing is for sure — sisterhood.
In a time where in-person interaction is minimal, sisterhood is not.
As Panhellenic president, I have the great opportunity to work alongside each of the chapter presidents and the Panhellenic Executive Board. I am so lucky to work with these amazing women. Luckily, everyone is understanding and flexible during these times. We have had to make so many changes and I feel like we are always going back and forth, not knowing what to expect.
Our Panhellenic has planned a few summer socials to hang out and enjoy time with sisters. We have had a movie night, game night and per night. We’re looking forward to a spa night where we get to share all our self-care tips and routines. I love getting to know my sisters better and learn from them.
I am thankful for the women who serve on executive boards and in leadership positions. They are the ones making the sorority experience possible right now. We still want to provide all the same benefits, including academic support. Our academic chairs from the chapters and the Panhellenic vice president of academics will be working together to inform sisters about resources on campus. We are even working on a virtual Circle of Sisterhood week to help us fundraise while still staying safe and healthy.
Everyone in a sorority plays a role, even if they’re not in a leadership position. I am also thankful for my sisters who uphold our values during this difficult time. I am lucky to have sisters that I know I can count on when times are tough.