Being an Alpha Chi means joining into a long history of real strong women. Alpha Chi Omega’s bond extends much further than the boarders of TCU’s campus. Iota Lambda has so many connections to other Alpha Chi Omega chapters, we could never name them all. Here are some of the connections a few of our sisters have with other Alpha Chi Omegas that attend different schools.
Jill Rosso, an Alpha Chi at Texas Christian University, and Taylor Gajan, an Alpha Chi at Oklahoma State University, have been friends since their freshman year of high school. When asked to describe Taylor in three words, Jill said she was outgoing, compassionate, and easy to get along with. Knowing Jill, I would use these same words to describe this Iota Lambda sister. When asked if these characteristics are in all Alpha Chi Omega women, Jill said “I think all Alpha Chi Omega women bring something different to our organization through our personalities but in the end we really are all real strong women.” She also mentioned that she loves having a friend from home to share in Alpha Chi Omega’s bond because “We share something special even though we go to different schools through Alpha Chi.”
Alyse Cicio, an Alpha Chi at Texas Christian University, and Alex Gordy, an Alpha Chi at Texas A&M University, met through joining the same competitive soccer team ten years ago and have been friends ever since. Alyse said Alex is “one of the most hard-working and dedicated friends I have ever had. Since the beginning of our friendship she has always pushed me to try my best and do new things. I know I can tell her anything without judgment and have complete faith that I can trust her. My friendship with Alex is something truly special. Whether it’s going on a shopping spree, driving around and talking, laughing incessantly about the yearlong inside jokes we share, hanging out with each other’s families, or having a long movie day, Alex is my best friend.” When asked about how their new shared bond through Alpha Chi Omega affected their relationship, Alyse said “our friendship is stronger through our bond because even though we have been apart for the first time in 10 years, we are still able to share experiences together through our sisterhood.”
Emily Walters, an Alpha Chi at Texas Christian University, and Allison Bartlett, an Alpha Chi at Marquette University, met on their first day of kindergarden. Emily knew from the first time she spoke to Allison, they were meant to be best friends. She describes Allison as “one of the sweetest, funniest, most down to earth people I know. She’s intelligent and hardworking. She gets along with everyone she meets.” When Emily heard that Allison went Alpha Chi she said she felt “Elated! I can’t even describe how happy I was to have someone else from home that would finally be able to experience this cool new thing with me, all while being in two different states. It’s given me someone to talk to that understands what Alpha Chi is all about, without having that someone be in my chapter. It totally strengthened our friendship because we have this bond that no one else can understand except us.”
I think the best way to wrap up the feeling of having a life long friend join into the Alpha Chi bond fits perfectly into what Emily said while talking about Allison. “It’s the greatest thing that can happen to a friendship.”
Because so many of our sisters wanted to share their experiences about their connections with other chapters, this topic will now be spread through a series of posts! Tune in next week to read about three more of our Iota Lambda sisters and their stories about how their bond extends further than anyone else could imagine.