College is about taking chances and further learning from them. So here is a small glimpse of the chances I have taken since the beginning of my freshman year.
Move in day freshman year was one of the most exciting yet nerve-racking experiences that started my college career. There was a fifty-fifty chance of loving your neighbor or being totally weirded out by them. The first night of living in Reid Hall my roommate and I went up and down our hall and looked at all the names on the doors and tried to predict what our neighbors would be like. As recruitment rolled around we never had time to all get to know each other. Little did we know that on bid day four of us would open our cards that read Zeta Tau Alpha.
As I go back to the dorm that night after an exhausting week, I see that on my neighbor’s door that they were also Zetas. I thought to myself that this would be a great year after all. From that day on, college has taught me that everything happens by chance… of all dorm rooms on campus I was placed right next to three of my soon to be best friends. Emi McGhee, the girl that I was intimidated by in high school because of how pretty and much cooler she was than me, is now my absolute best friend. She is the person that is always by my side, and I promise you she will be a famous rock star one day. My next-door neighbors names were Tatum and Lindsey. As I read there names that first night I never considered the friendships I would gain. Tatum Taylor, the name that I will forever be jealous of is now one of my best friends. She is the girl that always listens to my complaining and never has spoken a negative word. She is the the friend that I can sit in a room with all day, not speak a word, and be completely content. Lindsey, the best friend that could run this whole campus on her own, but still takes the time to get to know you on such a deep level; she is truly the best listener. After an entire year full of memories and wishing to relive freshman year all over again, we experienced another move in day. I had the opportunity to live in the Zeta house this past year, and Emi and I were placed by girls that we hardly knew. We immediately created a friendship with these girls that will never be replaced. Grace Lillis the best friend that never ceases to make my day a little brighter; with all the countless weird YouTube videos and just being the most random person I know. Lexi Wood, the worlds sweetest best friend, with the best hugs; she’s the friend that would do absolutely anything for anyone. Next year by chance I am able to live with two more of the most beautiful people I know, Cassandra Trexler and Hannah Claire Banwarth. Words cannot sum up the friendships that I have made thus far. As a freshman going through rush my experience was different than most. I am a triple legacy of Zeta Tau Alpha, but let me tell you that is not the reason I chose to pursue zeta. I chose to be apart of this sorority because of the way Zeta made me feel; comfortable, important, and mostly loved. The main reason I chose ZTA above all was because my mother; she found herself part of an organization that led her to be the amazing woman she is today. I was not persuaded to choose Zeta Tau Alpha, it ultimately was the place I could see myself growing into the woman I need to become, while being surrounded with girls to help get me there. Everyone has those semesters where everything seems to go wrong. That was this past semester for me…this time in my life made me realize how loved I am by those friends that by chance were placed in my life. Earlier this semester a family member and close family friend both passed away, and without hesitating my friends showed me the love and support I desperately needed. Encouragement and beautiful flowers were sent my way. My mom also received a giant card with several notes of encouragement from the girls in my sorority. Not only did they care about me as a individual, they reached out to my entire family. Shortly after I was out for a while with a bad case of the flu, once again my best friends were there to embrace me as I left the hospital. My friends loved me even when I reached my lowest points. Like I said everything so far in my college career has happened by chance… I believe each one of those chances will transform me into the woman I am supposed to become. I cant wait to take more chances.
Tori Alan (TA) Allred