"When I decided to join a sorority, I knew I would get lifelong girlfriends, but now I realize that was such an understatement. I have gained so much more! The friendships I have made in the last three years in AOII have impacted my life for the better and gave me the opportunity to be the best version of myself. I’ve learned that I can always count on these women to hold me responsible and accountable for my actions because of the high set of standards they continue to strive for on a daily basis. I have found my forever girl gang, roommates, bridesmaids, and so much self-love. Oh, and of course, can’t forget to mention all the amazing oversized sorority t-shirts! Never do I regret going through sorority recruitment, because I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for being surrounded by women who challenge me, support me, and push me to be the best I can be. I am forever grateful for all the wisdom, guidance, laughs, and memories that AOII has given me. I know that when I graduate in a year, I will still have all these amazing women behind me cheering me on!"
"AOII has guided me to learn more about myself and my abilities as a woman than I ever dreamed. Shortly into my membership experience I had the opportunity to run for Vice President of Education, having responsibility over chapter programming and educating the chapter with the various membership educations that would happen over the year. One of my most treasured moments of my time in AOII so far has been travelling to Headquarters in Brentwood, TN to attend Leadership Institute. I remember hearing about all of the wonderful experiences my sisters had at our international convention in Washington D.C., so I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to attend a similar Leadership Institute this summer. At LI, I gained so much knowledge on topics that are prevalent within college settings today, and I learned how to educate the chapter on topics that encourage all of our sisters to live healthy lifestyles, making sure that they minimize stress in their lives and feed their mind, body, and spirit constantly. On top of all of this, with all of AOII's incentives to make good grades and with all of my sister's constant support, I maintained a 4.0 throughout my entire first year of college. I cannot wait to see what my last year has in store for me!"
"Since becoming a member of AOII in 2017, I have grown from a quiet girl, who didn't know anyone, into a confident woman who is not afriad to use her voice. However, this did not just happen overnight. My sisters encouraged me to run for a leadership position my freshman year, and I am so thankful that they believed in me when I wasn't so sure that I believed in me when I wasn't so sure that I believed in my own capabilities. Since then, I have served as the Panhellenic Delegate, Chapter President, and I now serce as the Keeper of Ritual. These leadership positions have shaped me into the woman I am today, which is someone with confidence, drive, and ambition. Not only have my expiernces in AOII made me a better member, but I know I will utlize these qualities way beyond my college years. I have been so fortunate to have such a huge support system and many role models that have pushed me to work hard in school and encouraged me to join other organizations around campus to become a well-rounded individual. With my sisters' unwavering support, I have grown as a confident leader and have been inspired with ambition! I am forever in debt to the love and support AOII Kappa Tau has given to me!"
"I am forever thankful for AOII for giving me such an incredible foundation that I love and support. Before joining AOII, I had no idea juvenile arthritis was a possibility. Three summers ago I had the opportunity to attend a summer camp in Mobile, Alabama for kids with arthritis called Camp Mash. At the time I viewed it as simply something fun to get involved in, but little did I know it was an experience that was going to change my life forever. I fell in love with Camp Mash and every single one of my campers. Watching each child complete obstacles while facing adversity and pushing themselves to the next level or destination even when their condition was saying they couldn't was truly incredible. Because of them I am inspired daily to keep reaching for the stars. Upon graduation, I hope to attend medical school and pursue a career as an MD. My entire life I have had the dream of working in pediatrics and because of AOII and camp mash, I now aspire to specialize in pediatric rheumatology so I am able to continue to be a part of the fight and work to find a cure for JA. In 2017, I had the honored of serving as Kappa Tau's philanthropic chair, raising close to $23,000 for the Arthritis foundation. Getting to see where our funds go and the kids that are directly impacted has left me speechless. My campers and kids all across our nation that are battling JA have such special ambition to succeed and I strive to be like them in every aspect of my life. They are so unique and have made me and continuously make me into a better version of myself. Thank you AOII for giving me an aspect of my future, Camp Mash, and a cause that I can stand for, support, and love the rest of my life."