January's 2nd Place Winner
Getting your big is better than getting your bid. Don’t get me wrong, getting your bid is an amazing experience that is so exciting and wonderful, but it can feel like a blur, similar to the other days of recruitment. You make a lot of small talk as excited actives buzz around trying to meet all of the new members, and take a lot pictures, because who doesn’t love taking pictures? But at the end of the day you still haven’t really gotten a chance to get to know all of the wonderful women that make up your sisterhood. In the weeks preceding big-little week, you get to know so many different sisters, who will be eager to show you around the campus, go on coffee dates, or be your study buddy. You’ll meet so many great women, but only one will be your big. Of course these women will still be your sisters and your friends, but you’ll only have one big. Your big is your role model, your friend, your mom when you need it; she’s the one when life can get overwhelming, who’ll help you out.
I knew I wanted my big for sure, after she and my grand-big took me out for Sweet and Shavery. They made me feel so welcomed and comfortable, when I felt a little overwhelmed in a sea of 120 new sisters. I felt like she made an effort to talk to me and get to know me, and remembered little things that I had told her. My big was also my RA, which is different than most big-little relationships, but she’s actually the coolest person I have ever met. She’s a great student, super involved in everything and friends with everyone. I’ll admit, I was a bit worried that my big would want someone else, or that we wouldn’t be paired together, but these worries were short-lived. The moment my big revealed to me I ran straight into her arms; I was unbelievably excited. You see, your big is the person who saw something so special about you, that she had to make it official that you were her family. Knowing that my big wanted me to be her family as much as I wanted to be hers, was one of the best moments I have ever had in my sisterhood. I love my big, she’s my family, and she makes my sorority home to me.
With Panhellenic Love,
A Member of Kappa Alpha Theta