This last week has been full of tears, see-ya-laters, laughs, and hugs. Soon, the seniors will be leaving us, and because of that, we look back to where it all began.
2012 was the year that President Obama was reelected, the world was supposed to end, and the Epsilon Mu chapter of Sigma Kappa was recolonized at the University of Missouri. Now, four years later, those colony class members are preparing to graduate and leave behind their legacy.
“It has been inspiring and incredibly moving to see how Sigma Kappa has developed and transformed into the amazing sorority that it is. It has taught me a lot about life and how young women can make a difference,” Nikki Raaf said.
The first women that joined this chapter built the foundation to allow it to grow.
“Sometimes the path less traveled is the best path. I want girls to know that everything happens for a reason, and the most diverse girls can coexist and grow together through Sigma Kappa,” Olivia Dobard said.
Although they didn’t know how successful the recolonizing would be, they decided to give it a try and found that it is the best place to be able to grow while in college.
“I met amazing girls during the process and was so excited to start a new chapter that we could claim as our own. It was inspiring to see all of these women stand up to the challenge of colonizing and making Sigma Kappa the incredible sorority that it is,” Raaf said.
Over the last four years, the Epsilon Mu chapter has grown to 300 members, placed in Greek Week and Homecoming events, and become the #1 fundraising Sigma Kappa chapter in the nation for the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We have this great house, we’ve won awards, and we’ve raised over $60,000 for Alzheimer’s this year alone. We’ve become so strong, and it makes me proud to know I’m a part of it,” Madeline Davis said.
Those achievements are only a part of what the senior class hopes will be the legacy they leave behind.
“I hope we inspired those to follow that they can do anything they set their minds to, and their sisters will always be there to support them,” Haley Hughes said.
Thank you, seniors, for everything you did for our amazing chapter! You will be missed!
Check out the slideshow of memories from the last four years: