There is a trend on Facebook that I’ve noticed last month. The challenge goes something like this: “Everyday this month until Thanksgiving, think of one thing that you are thankful for and post it as your status. The longer you do it, the harder it gets!”
As I review my friends’ status updates, many of them are citing things for which we are all undoubtedly thankful: a wonderful family, a home to live in, plenty of food to eat, etc. As I consider the things that I am thankful for in my life, all of these things top the list. I am certainly thankful for my family and all that they have given me. However, I am also thankful for my second family—my Greek family. As I consider my experience as a sister in Pi Beta Phi, there aren’t words enough to express my gratitude.
I’m thankful for connections. Through my experience as a Greek woman, I have made connections with sisters, both those who came before me and those who are just now discovering the meaning of their Greek letters. I’ve learned from alumni generous enough to share their wisdom, and I’ve had the opportunity to mentor talented, intelligent young women who are now taking an active role in Greek life.
I’m thankful for leadership opportunities. I began my Greek experience as a young woman, unsure of myself. Largely, through my leadership experiences on our chapter’s executive board, I became more confident and ready to take on challenges, encouraged by my Pi Phi sisters. Even today, I use the leadership skills I learned during my Greek experience in my career, drawing on my experiences to better understand how to bring together a team for the good of a common cause.
I’m thankful for fun times. When I think back on my college experience, the times I spent with my Pi Phi sisters are always some of my fondest memories. Late night study sessions, initiation ceremonies, spring formal, fall recruitment…the list goes on.
So, for me, the Facebook challenge of posting something I am thankful for each day isn’t a challenge at all. It’s not hard for me to think of what I’m thankful for and there aren’t enough days on the calendar to list each one of them—they are thousands of my Pi Phi sisters! μ
Autumn Scott, BA, is the Assistant Director of Admission at Monmouth College. She is affiliated with Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, and was graduated from Monmouth College in 2004.