Today is Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 104th birthday. To some, that may mean nothing. To others, that may mean that light-skinned women have been flipping their long hair for 104 years. However, to the ladies that share this sisterhood with me, the bond we feel every day becomes even stronger every year on January 15th.
Before I became Greek, I thought the phrase “from the outside looking in, you can’t understand it; from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it” was foolish. I thought being Greek was all about stepping, strolling at parties, and being looked up to on campus. Now that I’ve participated in Greek life for almost two years, I know that being a lady of Alpha Kappa Alpha is so much more than that. But it’s almost impossible to explain. I have gained a sisterhood stronger than any friendship, a group of motivated people not only supporting me in every step along the way but also inspiring me to constantly be a better person, and the ability to go anywhere in the country (and a few other countries) and find women with whom I will always share a common bond.
If you’ve ever thought about going Greek, don’t take the decision lightly. I would never take back the decision I made, but I also didn’t take that decision lightly. I know more than a few people who regret the decisions they made and can’t do anything about it. Joining an NPHC organization is a lifetime decision, and if you make the right decision for YOU (not your parents, friends, family members, etc.) then you will reap the benefits of your brotherhood/sisterhood for the rest of your life.
With all that being said, I love my AKA 🙂