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.
Lauren Hammond, President