"These are the Girls Who I Consider my Family"- Nellie Hoehl

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

Found a Place I Never Thought Existed- Maria Aguilera

"Before coming to Samford I never thought I would be in a sorority. All I saw of the Greek system was what I saw on television and movies, which is so unbelievably far from reality its preposterous. No one in my family had every been in the  Greek system and really not many people from my small town knew anything about it. Coming to Samford I craved something that I had never had before, something that was tragically absent in my life in my hometown: the joy of being surrounded by like-minded people. I had a church community, childhood friends, and school friends. But while each had separate elements I loved not one group of people contained everything I yearned for: A group of people who not only fearlessly pursued their faith in Christ but also uninhibitedly sought kindness, open-mindedness, and the constant pursuit of academic and personal successes. I saw all of these qualities at Samford and would soon find an abundance of them in the sisterhood of Alpha Delta Pi.

As I went through recruitment I was constantly torn between two sororities. Each night I was sold on either one and every night went to bed with an internal battle that couldn’t settle on a decision. I prayed continuously for a sense of peace with a choice in either one because I knew I’d be happy at either. Finally, on preference night as I visited the house of Alpha Delta Pi and another sorority I told each house that I was torn and I really couldn’t have peace about either decision. Both told me to picture the girls I wanted to run to on bid day, and the house those girls belonged to would be my home. I thought this through and came to the conclusion that one house represented my current position in maturity, while the other house represented the woman that I yearned to be; the woman I hoped to be in four years as I graduated (one such senior example coincidentally ended up being my Great-Grand Big), and the woman that God intended me to be. I knew immediately the girls I would run to, girls that I could only pray to be anything like, the WOMEN that had all the qualities I admired: ambition, grace, faithfulness, leadership, genuineness, and humility: the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi. After receiving my bid and commencing with the days activities I looked around me at the women I aspired to be, and the women that would grow with me on this journey of not just four years but a lifetime. I saw the laughs and love of Bid Day celebrations and every day since then. I have truly found a place I never thought existed, a home of like-minded, brilliant, kind and loving women."

Maria Aguilera, AC15

I was Home- Margaret Kuester

When I first came to Samford, I thought I had everything figured out. I had no idea what was in store for me. 

As the rush process went on, my decision became obvious. I knew in my heart which house I wanted, and I genuinely prayed the nights of rush that I could  call ADPi my home. I knew some girls in ADPi, and they seemed to be the most genuine girls on campus. I truly mean that. These girls were leaders, they were involved, they were ambitious, and they were genuine. I knew from how genuine these girls were that I wanted to be apart of this community. I wanted to be an Alpha Delta Pi, and I suppose the rest is history. When I opened my letter on Bid Day and ran to my new sisters, my heart was overflowing with joy. I experienced pure bliss. All of bid day was such a celebration, and I can’t remember the last time I’d been so happy. I was home.

Looking back on my freshman year, I have been truly blessed beyond belief. I have gotten to know the most amazing people in Alpha Delta Pi. I can’t say that enough. I am so happy to call the girls in Alpha Delta Pi my sisters, and I am so proud to call some of my sisters my best friends. These best friends of mine are rockstars. They are ambitious, loving, caring, as authentic as it gets, and they run after the Lord. That’s the most refreshing thing about Alpha Delta Pi. My friends point me to God everyday, and they continue to pursue me as He would when I’m far from Him. Growing up, my Dad always used the phrase, “relentlessly rescuing” to describe God, and these girls exhibit that phrase flawlessly. They rescue me relentlessly when I am hurting, when I’m feeling exhausted, or when I am swamped with work. I count myself as so lucky to know them, but much more so to call them my people. In ADPi, I have found my future bridesmaids. I can’t wait to see what comes out of this ambitious and hardworking group of girls.

Seriously, Go ADPi,

Margaret Kuester

My Diamond Fam- Katherine Mixson

I am so thankful for all that ADPi has given me. Amazing memories, wonderful friends, strong values, and one of my favorites: My Diamond Family! ADPi pairs each girl with an older diamond sister, or "big," shortly after Bid Day. When I was paired with Kate, I could not have been more happy. She has become one of my closest friends and we just get each other. We have become so incredibly close and I cannot imagine doing life without her. She's even come home with me to Florida a couple times :) Our family doesn't stop there. My grand-big, Margie, is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. She is just the friend everyone longs to have. It's hard to think of Samford without her, but she's doing big things in NYC now! This past year, I got a "little." Madeline! Ah! I love this girl. She continually inspires me and always encourages me. She has the biggest heart and I'm so thankful she's mine. I'm so grateful ADPi gave me this family. We are all so close and I'm so thankful God had a hand in choosing these girls. They've blessed me more than they know! I can't wait to add to the fam in the fall!

Katherine Mixson

ADPi is Family- Macy Marin

Coming into my freshman year at Samford I didn’t know anyone, and I was so desperately looking for my home away from home. I found that home in Alpha Delta Pi. I always thought of a sorority being girls who were close friends and went to events together. Though that might be true, it is so much more. ADPi is going to waffle house at 2 am during finals week, laughing uncontrollably with girls you just met a few months before, or having your sisters make you dinner when you've had a long day- ADPi is family. But most importantly Alpha Delta Pi is having sisters that show you Christ’s love and encourage your walk with the Lord through all situations. I have found my best friends through ADPi, girls that will love and support me for the rest of my life no matter if they are in the room next door or 1,000 miles away. Even though a college career is only four years, ADPi is forever. I have been blessed to serve as Kappa Chapter’s Alumnae Relations Chair and through this position I have met some of the most honest and kind women. No matter their age they are always willing to give back to the sorority that molded them and bonds us together. They have become my mentors and role models in so many ways. It just goes to show that Alpha Delta Pi is so much more than just a sorority. I am so very thankful God brought me to these girls and this house. It was one of the best decisions I ever made, and I am so proud to be an Alpha Delta Pi.  

Loyally, 

Macy Marin, Alpha Class 2015

 

"Best friends, future bridesmaids and sisters"- Arden Dortch

I grew up hearing my mom and her sister tell stories about their time in ADPi at Samford. They had so many hilarious and crazy stories, as well as sweet and meaningful ones too. My mom remained friends with her ADPi sisters and has walked through life with them. I wanted the same experiences, but I also wanted to make my own decisions as I went through recruitment. In every door I walked through that week, I was greeted by different women who loved and cared deeply about the house they belonged to. But as the week went on, one house stood out in my mind as the place I needed to be. The women I met in ADPi were genuine, loving, funny, and everything I desired to be. There was no doubt in my mind when I ran home to Alpha Delta Pi on September 29, 2014 that I was making the best decision. Since that day, my experience has been better than I could have ever expected. I have had some of the best laughs, craziest times, sweetest moments, greatest learning experiences, and the Godliest friends; and I owe all of that to ADPi. I have found my best friends, my future bridesmaids, and my sisters here. I will be forever grateful for this chapter!

Arden Dortch

Find Friends Who Live for You- Margaret Mason

The honest, vulnerable, and fluid friendships which I have made with girls not just my age but both younger and older in Alpha Delta Pi are something I prayed for going into college. If I could tell incoming freshman one thing, it would be to find people to walk with you. Find friends who want to joyfully walk and live with you through the highs and the lows of your next four years here at Samford. Moreover, find friends who live for you and then live for them. In ADPi Kappa, we do just that. Our motto is "we live for each other." And isn’t that what we are called to do on this earth? Aren’t we called to be pilgrims and walk alongside one another on our journey to our true Home? We do that by living for something other than ourselves, each other. The friendships I have found in ADPi have become a part of me. Things like camping trips, formals, mornings at Pepper Place, late night chats, GroupMes, and half marathons have become a part of me. They are a part of me because of the people I did them with, the people who have loved me so well. They constantly meet be where I am, not where I should be. As I enter my senior year (so crazy), I am overly thankful to continue to walk with and live for the girls of ADPi.

Margaret Mason

Why ADPi-Lauren Hammond

Looking back to freshman year, I realize how big of an adjustment college was for me. I tried to change myself to fit a mold of someone I wanted to be instead of staying firm in who I was and am today. Luckily after a bit of time I came to realize that the women in Alpha Delta Pi let me be exactly who I am and don’t make me feel like I have to fit into that mold. They embrace every quirk and flaw and continually challenge and encourage me in my faith, school, and so much more.

 When I’m stressed, upset, or over-studied, there’s nothing like walking down the hall in Kappa Kastle to visit sisters who have become my best friends. I could talk about the characteristics of these women all day, but they really are the most wonderful people I’ve ever known. Whether it’s pranking sisters in the house (yes, really), sitting in a Chapter meeting, or enduring the most difficult times, these are the friends and memories I know I will treasure for the rest of my life.

            Getting to serve as Kappa Chapter’s president has truly been the most wonderful experience thus far. I am grateful for each encouraging word spoken, pep talk given, and verse of scripture quoted to me in good times and in bad. While I’ve learned so many lessons through my Samford ADPi experience, two of the most impactful have been:

1) Sometimes leaning on people takes more courage than going at it alone.

2) Those same people will meet you where you are and walk with you through whatever trial you’re facing.

            These women have shaped me and molded me into who I am and I hope and pray that I may be able to have a fraction of the impact on them that they’ve had on me. Although my collegian days will be behind me in a matter of months, I know that ADPi is for many more years than just these four. While the Kappa Kastle may not be my physical home after graduation, these women always will be.

 

Loyally,

Lauren Hammond, President