sisterhood story :: teya lonquist

Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a ZTA. My grandmother and mother were both Zetas. Since before I can remember, my grandmother and mother told me stories about their “sisters” and all the wonderful times they had with them. I remember the songs that they taught me, pictures of crazy costumes from date parties, and walking in Breast Cancer Awareness walks. I’ve known my whole life that I wanted to be a ZTA, but it wasn’t until my older sisters went off to college, that I really understood what Zeta was all about. I watched my sisters become very involved, find lifelong friends, and share a special bond with my grandmother and mother. I couldn’t wait to start college so I could finally join the organization. I loved running home to my sister, but what made it all the more sweeter was that I gained 200 more sisters that day! These sisters immediately accepted me for who I was and loved me so well. I have found the kindest, caring, and intentional friends. They are the sort of people who go out of their way to make you and your passions a priority. I am always blown away by the support and encouragement I constantly receive from them.

Not only are the people wonderful, but so is Zeta Tau Alpha itself. I love this organization and how we get to be involved in making a difference. There are so many leadership opportunities and ways to contribute to our philanthropy. I have always wanted to be an event planner, and ZTA has fostered this interest of mine. My freshmen year, I had the privilege of being involved with the new member process. Here I am, an upcoming junior, and I am getting to head up the new member program and plan Bid Day! This has been a dream of mine for some time, and I am so appreciative to have the opportunity. I get to combine two of the things I love and the experience has been amazing. I cannot wait to share why I love ZTA with our new members!

Zeta Love, Teya

sisterhood story :: bret-ashleigh coleman

April 28th, 2015 my whole world turned upside down. That was the day my family and I lost everything in a house fire. It was the spring before my senior year and I was already stressed, overwhelmed and the thoughts of where I would spend my next 4 years swarmed in my head. My aunt who happened to be a retired Samford professor mentioned our fire to one of her former colleague and she went on to relay our story to some of the girls in her class who immediately began gathering clothes and shoes for my mom and I. Two weeks later bags upon bags full of clothing showed up at my aunt’s house. Not only did these girls have no idea who I was but they also had no idea that I hadn’t even planned on going to Samford. They showed the love of Christ to me before I even began my Samford story and these unknown girls were one of the main reasons I chose Samford in the end. After I made my final decision and chose Samford my aunt revealed to me that the girls who had so selflessly helped my mom and I in our time of need were in fact members of Zeta Tau Alpha. From that moment forward God continually put amazing women in my life, such as my orientation and connections leader who were both Zeta’s. Walking into the ZTA house on the first night of rush I was so nervous but excited to see what i had been looking forward to all summer. I immediately felt at home in the house and couldn’t have loved it more. I remember leaving the house that first night and thinking to myself that i never wanted to leave. Over the course of the week I created such strong friendships with the girls who were rushing and knew I wanted it to be my home. Since joining Zeta, I have met so many incredible women who not only exude love for one another but also exude their love for the Lord first and foremost. Zeta is such a diverse group of women, that everyone can find their place and all who enter find their home.