This past summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as an orientation leader on campus. Samford is one of my favorite places on this earth, and being able to invest and give back to this community was an incredible honor.
Throughout the summer months, I met freshmen from all backgrounds, was stretched both personally and professionally, saw many early mornings and late nights, and traded in my Alpha Delta Pi letters for a navy polo, khakis, and some ridiculously frat tennis shoes. Being an orientation leader was my favorite summer yet, but it wasn’t until I spent an entire summer on Samford’s campus that I realized that this place isn’t home without my ADPi girls by my side.
My sisters are ladies full of fun and encouragement and grace and love. These are the girls who continuously texted me each orientation morning to wish me luck and let me know that they were praying for me. These are the girls who welcome me into their houses since mine is too far away. These are the girls who run into my room when they want a helping hand with whichever prank they are planning. These are the girls who bend over backwards when there is a sister in need, and who challenge me to be a better version of myself. These are the girls who I consider my family.
Samford is already pretty great, but Alpha Delta Pi makes it even greater. Today, and always, I am thankful that I don’t have to do this crazy college journey alone, and that my sisters walk each step of the way with me.
Nellie Hoehl, PC13