Letter from the Chapter
Dear Potential New Member,
My name is Maya Birhiray and I am the Vice President of Membership at the Purdue University chapter of Sigma Kappa. First, I want to congratulate you on deciding to attend Purdue for your undergraduate years. Being a part of the Boilermaker community has impacted my life in ways I could not have begun to imagine when I started three years ago and my desire is you soon can say the same. Attending a world-class public university is not without its challenges, especially as those challenges reached unprecedented levels over the past year. We all understand the multitude of ways the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives, adjusted our perspectives, and pushed us all to reevaluate basic areas of life. Normalcy was something I was not confident we would see this soon but our campus remains committed to leaps forward, allowing us to meet you all in-person this fall.
My greatest piece of advice to any college student or a potential sorority member is to value your authenticity. Whoever you are, you exhibit the exemplary attributes of a Boilermaker thus you hold value just as you are. Going through recruitment, know that your individual talents, perspectives, and passions make you an indispensable asset to any chapter you choose to join. Be open, funny, and confident; share the parts of yourself that you are most proud of or even the ones where you still want to grow. Recruitment is scary, but so is being yourself and I hope by embracing the latter the former becomes easier.
Authenticity is how I found Purdue and it led me to Sigma Kappa. I am most myself in the presence of its members, who could not be more different but who also could not embrace their differences better. Each member stands confidently in their individuality serving as not only a place to comfortably explore what it means to be you but also as a collection of people who will celebrate when you find it.
As I approach the end of my time in college, Sigma Kappa is where I most want to leave my legacy. It is the loyalty and love of my sisters today as well as the legacies of those before me which leave me ever grateful. Embrace all you are and can be this fall, and I sincerely hope I have the privilege to experience it.
All the Best,
Vice President of Membership Beta Sigma Sigma Kappa