We asked our president, Natasha Sanford, to share her experience in Drury Tri Delta and how it has shaped her into the person she is today. Here is her Tri Delta story:
If you asked me in high school if I would join a sorority in college, I would have said, “Eh, I don’t know, I’ll probably check it out,” but I would have never known the joy and life-changing experience it would bring me.
I went through recruitment with open eyes, not knowing one sorority from the next. When recruitment began I was so excited to meet everyone and just learn about each chapter and meet people from all different backgrounds. I remember walking into the Tri Delta suite and just feeling the love and sisterhood around everyone in the room. All the girls were so welcoming, and the ones I had met before recruitment came up to me and made me feel so at home. Even though I loved Tri Delta, I kept an open mind during the entire week. I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision because it would last forever.
When Bid Day came I could not have been happier. I ran outside to my new family and was beyond excited to begin the new chapter in my life. My semester as a new member was one of the best semesters at Drury, and it continued to my second semester when I was given the role as Social Chairman. I had a blast planning our social events with other chapters and dances. I learned a lot about communication and the dynamic of our chapter.
During my Sophomore year I was slated into Licensing Chairman and I got to design lots of cute clothes for our chapter to represent our letters on campus. At the beginning of my Junior year I got very invested in the chapter and wanted to help with all that I could. I spent more time with my sisters and got to know them on a much deeper level. Growing up as an only child I never had brothers and sisters to turn to when things got tough, and I felt like I had finally found those people that I could truly call family.
Mid Junior year my sisters saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself, and they slated me as Collegiate Chapter President. It was that moment that I knew all my hard work and love for this chapter was beaming off of me onto others. I have never felt so loved and honored to hold this position in the Delta Kappa Chapter.
Every chapter will have its ups and downs, but it is sisterhood that unites us all together and reminds us why we are Tri Delta and what we stand for. We all share a common entity and that is what is truly special. Working with St. Jude has been one of the many gifts Tri Delta has given me. Seeing the children smiling with joy brings me so much love and makes me realize that what I am doing is making a difference.
Not only have I found my best friends within Tri Delta, but I have friends in other sororities as well. Drury Greek life has allowed me to make friends in other organizations. We do many events throughout the school year: socials, philanthropy events, and Greek Week. We interact with all of the other organizations and have a blast.
As the President of the Delta Kappa Chapter, I wish the best for every woman here at Drury. Whether you are involved in other organizations, your major, or outside activities, I want you to make the best of them and take every opportunity to the fullest. Never think your dedication for something is going unnoticed. Someone always sees the love and care you put into your work. There is something for everyone in college, whether that be a sorority or not, you will find your niche.
Tri Delta is just one of the many things I am involved with at Drury. I am an Advertising and Public Relations major, serve as the Vice President of Communication on the Student Government Association, and work as a Writer/Editor in the Residence Life Office. All of these things have shaped me into the woman I am today and I am so thankful for every single one of them.
A sorority is what you make it. If you put in the time, compassion, and effort into Tri Delta, you will get the compassion, love, and care from your sisters. I know that I can call each and every one of my sisters when I am feeling sad, and they will be over to my house with chocolate and Grey’s Anatomy in a second.
I am extremely thankful for the opportunity Tri Delta has given me. I am very humbled by the experience of being President and am looking forward to what the rest of this year will bring. Just remember, “Everything happens for a reason.”
Delta love and mine,
Delta Kappa Collegiate Chapter President