It’s Because of Sigma Kappa

This Founders’ Day marks my tenth anniversary as a Sigma Kappa. It seems like yesterday I was signing the constitution book and promising to uphold our values, traditions and legacy that is Sigma Kappa. Over the years, the Sorority has challenged me, supported me and provided me with opportunities I never knew existed. Sigma Kappa Sorority is my home. It is my passion and it has grown to mean so much more to me than just four years of college memories.

In those ten years, I have also become a mother to a little girl, Addison, who is my world. She inspires me to be braver, stronger and smarter in all that I do. So, when it comes to Sigma Kappa, how do I teach her about the life lessons that I gained because of Sigma Kappa? How do I convey the importance of belonging to an organization that believes in bettering the lives of women throughout the world? It’s simple really. I have to show her.

It’s because of Sigma Kappa.

My 10th Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Addison’s 1st

When my Addison asks me why we participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I will tell her it’s because of Sigma Kappa. It’s because of Sigma Kappa that my eyes opened to the terrible disease to which my uncle lost his life. She will know we must keep walking and raising money until we find a cure. No one should have to suffer and lose their memories and their ability to live life to the fullest. She will know how proud I am to be part of an organization that gives so much.

When she asks me why I stay up late at night answering emails and calling people to talk about SOE, risk management, recruitment and various other things, I will tell her it’s because of Sigma Kappa. It’s because Sigma Kappa changed me. I’m the woman I am today because of the Sorority. While I may be busy with everything else life has to offer, I will never be too busy to volunteer my time and talents to the organization that made me a better human.

One day when Addison asks me why she has so many aunties, I will tell her it’s because of Sigma Kappa. It’s because finding your people in life can be a hard task but when you find them you keep them for life. They become a part of your family. They fill in the missing pieces of your life, and even though I call them my sorority sisters, they may as well be biological. Because these women are the ones I would drop everything for and rush to help them. These are the women I asked to stand by my side as I exchanged vows. These are the women who without hesitation agreed to be your godmother and legal guardian.

Alexandra Parrish, Gamma Kappa, Addison’s Godmother; Shelli Layton, Gamma Kappa, Addison’s legal guardian; Ashton Kelly, Gamma Kappa, Addison’s mom

Sigma Kappa is the reason.

What started out as a college adventure turned into a lifetime of friendship, loyalty, service and personal growth. Sigma Kappa has forever changed who I am and I can’t wait to share it with my daughter. As a mother, I can only hope that she will choose as I did, but I rest assured knowing she has many wonderful examples to live by because Sigma Kappa is all around her.


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