Looking back on my journey to Chi Omega, I can't help but be a bit in awe. Thinking of where I was before joining and where I am now, is a bit mind blowing. When I was choosing a college, I wanted a challenge. High school was easy for me, and I wanted a new adventure—something that would push me out of my comfort zone. I was that girl who started out freshman year feeling confident and excited. I mean, how hard could it really be? As you all can probably guess, my first semester was basically a slap in the face. For the first time in my life, I was having a hard time balancing my obligations, and I felt out of place. I started thinking about sorority recruitment in the hopes of finding a place to fit in such a large sea of people. After convincing my immigrant parents who had a very different view of greek life that this was a good idea (no easy task, mind you), I signed up for recruitment.

From the first day, I noticed that the women at Chi Omega were different. They were real and authentic and being there actually felt comfortable. It felt like I didn’t need to be anyone but myself. You could tell that they exemplified what a true sisterhood was. Running home to Chi Omega started a journey that I am forever thankful for. In Chi Omega I’ve found more—more opportunities that continue to build upon each other. More relationships, that are deeper, and more purposeful than I could have ever imagined. More of everything I never knew I needed.

Chi omega surrounds you with role models, encouragers, and supporters who help you to become the best version of yourself. One of my biggest role models in life is actually my Big Sister, Chloe. Chloe was introduced to me on Bid Day, and I was immediately in awe. The only thing I could think was “Who is this 6 ft tall blonde and how does she have a six pack??” But that was just the tip of the iceberg that is Chloe Meyer. I also learned that Chloe was on the women’s rowing team at OSU and would go on to become a 3 time national champion with the rings to prove it. Beyond her athletic accomplishments, she was also a neuroscience major (pre med, of course) and held an internship at a prestigious cancer research hospital. She’s basically the definition of a girlboss. But despite all of her astonishing accomplishments, Chloe is also one of the most humble people I  know, and is one of my biggest role models because she’s constantly raising the bar through hard work, dedication, and kindness.

Now, Chloe was not an anomaly in my chapter. See, Chi Omegas are leaders, achievers, and doers, so there were many women like Chloe who were constantly doing big things, but more importantly, they were constantly finding ways to help those around them strive for more. One of the concerns my parents had when I told them I wanted to join a sorority was that I was not going to have enough time to devote to my school work and other activities. But throughout my collegiate experience, I found the opposite to be true. Chi omega gave me more opportunities to lead, study, and grow. If not for chi omega I would not have gotten involved with most of the other organizations I dedicated my time to at Ohio State. My freshman year, the sisters that also lived in the north campus residence dorms would all walk to chapter meetings together. This little tradition became such a staple in my weekly routine. During one of these walks, a sister encouraged me to apply for a student org she was in called the Student Alumni Council. The next year I applied, and was quickly afforded multiple leadership opportunities and would even go on to become the New Member Educator.

My sophomore year, I mentioned  to a sister that I wanted to get involved with research.  The next day, a sister who was sitting within ear shot reached out and told me to apply to a position in her research lab. I got the job and we would both go on to conduct our own, original research together, even winning a coveted award at the research forum we presented at. Thanks to this sister, that research opportunity led to another research job, and even a position as a TA my senior year.

My junior year, my Chi Omega sisters believed in me so much that they elected me as their President. This was an unexpected honor that would turn out to provide me with some of the most amazing opportunities, from getting to travel across the country, to gaining invaluable leadership experience, and even getting to represent my University on Homecoming Court.

Throughout all these experiences, the women of Chi Omega encouraged me to expect more for myself. They saw something special in me and refused to let me settle for mediocrity. This is the mark of a Chi Omega woman. Not only does she strive for greatness herself, but she pushes others to strive for greatness as well, all while walking alongside them on that journey to success. My sisters supported me through all the ups and downs, whether it was a late night work session, a thoughtful check in text, or celebratory ice cream runs, my sisters were truly the backbone of all my successes.

Looking back on my journey to Chi Omega, I was drawn to them for their authentic Sisterhood. But to be honest, I don’t think I truly understood what a “sisterhood” was at the time. It wasn't until I got to experience it for myself that I truly sunk in and made me realize that “Sisterhood” is not just a vague term used in sorority life. It is unwavering support, encouragement, and authenticity. It speaks to the connections that we all weave into the larger fabric of womanhood. It’s the friends that expect more from you because they can sense potential and won’t accept complacency. It’s the friends that feel with you--not for you-- as you navigate the ups and downs of life. Chi Omega showed me more—more opportunities, more friendship, and more support, and I know that it can do the same for you.

courtney wetzel