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

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