Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Big and little sisters!

As Zetas, we pride ourselves on the strong bonds of our sisterhood. One of the strongest of those bonds is the bond between big and little sisters. In ZTA, New Members are given a Big Sister through a process of mutual selection between bigs and littles. Big sisters are there to guide their littles through their college careers and be a support system for them.

"Having a big and little sis has changed my college career in so many ways. My big and little have both been there for me through the good times, the bad times, the late nights, the stupid fights, and they have never failed to give me support when I need it. If I never met my big and little, I wouldn't have met two of my best friends. I would do anything for them and I know that they would do anything for me. My big pushed me to become more involved in ZTA, and I am so glad that she did. My big and little have made my college experience easier because I know that I have people I can always count on. I feel so lucky to have become so close to both my big and little, and I know that my experience in college and in ZTA wouldn’t be the same without them."
-Ashley Warren

"I was so excited to get a little! I am lucky to have found two girls that have added so much to my Zeta experience. Laura Brook was my first little and Brittni Glatz is my newest addition! My favorite week is Secret Sis Week. The new bigs give clues to the littles about themselves and at the end of the week the littles find out who their bigs are! BOTH of my littles found out it was me before the end of the week, it wasnt much of a surprise. LOVE YOU LITTLE AND LIL B!"
-Jenna Peacock

"Receiving a big sister was such an exciting experience as a baby zeta. I had never known what it was like to have an older sister, as I am the oldest in my family. But what I do know is that she is exactly what I imagined a big sister would be. I knew there was something special and unique about her when we first met and I felt an instant connection with her. I have learned so much from her after a year of getting to know each other and making lasting memories. My big sis is more than just a sister who I share common interests with, she's someone I look up to, who I confide in, and the person I trust with all my heart."
-Karina Diaz-Infante

"My big Bryanna Wehr couldn't have been a better big sis. When it was finally revealed she was my big I could have not been any happier. Bry has been there for me when I needed a ride back to my house when I locked my keys in my car to a shoulder to cry on. She has always been the most understanding person in ZTA for me and not the amount of hugs and "i love you's" could ever repay back what she has done for me. Bigs are there to motivate you through everything that may be challenging in college and that is what exactly (and more) Bry did for me. With all the amazing memories between Bry and I, those are the laughters and cries I will cherish the most from ZTA. To my big sis, you are my partner in crime, the one who makes ZTA amazing for me, I will proudly wear our letters and learn those amazing things you have taught me and pass it on. Love you big."
-Melissa Nguyen

"Ashley Vargas is the best big sis I could've ever asked for, it's amazing to know that you have someone to always look up to in your chapter, who will guide you through anything and be there for you throughout college. Anything I have trouble with, she's always there to help, or when i need a good laugh i can always go to her. She'll bring me little treats just because, and I love that she loves me. My little sis Sammy Nikookar is my pride and joy, we're both pretty busy but I'd be there for her no matter the situation. Having a little in ZTA makes me strive to be a good role model, it gives me someone to laugh/cry/be silly with no matter the time. I feel like my ZTA experience is complete because of these two. i love them with my entire being."
-Isabel Uribe

"Stepping into this chapter two years ago, I had no idea that Zeta truly meant “forever”. Growing up in a tiny family of four, I decided to join Zeta Tau Alpha to gain the true sisterhood experience I had been longing for my entire life. After Bid Day in 2008, I finally found what I had been searching for. Zeta introduced me to an amazing sisterhood. I’ve never had a big sister before or someone there for me to guide me through unfamiliar experiences so as you can imagine, becoming a little sister to someone meant the world to me. My big sister Christine has been there for me when I’ve needed someone the most, especially when I have gotten into a little more trouble than I should have. Without my big sister, I wouldn’t have someone to escape to Santa Barbara with when we both need to just get away or to laugh with at the most random thoughts that pass our minds. She gives me the BEST advice when I am looking for guidance, no matter what the subject may be. Without my big sister Christine, I wouldn’t have the big sister I’ve always hoped for, but instead have received the big sister I have always dreamt of. Although I love my big sister Christine, the love of my Zeta family only begins there. Last year, I received one of the greatest gifts Zeta has to offer… a little sister. Describing my little sister Jade as “amazing” does not give her justice. Not only is she amazing, she is inspirational and has a heart of gold. Jade is a Zeta Lady that will forever bring our chapter to bigger and better accomplishments. The night I received Jade as my little sister is a Zeta memory I will remember for the rest of my life. She is truly the best little sister I could ever ask for and I know that when I leave this chapter in a few years, Jade will never settle for less than our chapter’s full potential. Jade, I am so proud of you! These two sisters of mine will always have a special place in my heart and I would do absolutely anything for them. Not only has Zeta fulfilled my hopes of belonging to such a strong sisterhood, it has exceeded every expectation."
-Julia Mohr

"I love being able to enjoy my college life with a little family by my side! My Big sis has always been there for me even before I knew she was my Big. Since I joined ZTA my second year of college, time management became a problem, however, my Big was there to motivate me to juggle my time with school and other activities efficiently, but she always reminded me that school comes first! And my Little sis Cari is the nicest girl you will ever meet! Every time I see her she lights up my day. I know I will always be there for her no matter what! She can always come to me for any little thing. Both my Big and Little sisters have grown very close to me within this little time that I have known them and I wouldn’t change them for the world! ♥"
-Panchy Cabrera

"I never knew Zeta would mean so much to me! Joining the chapter in Fall 06 I never knew I could love something so much! I have sisters that are there for me no matter what, that is an amazing, indescribable feeling. My Big Sis Andrea is amazing! She has been there for me since day one through the good times, the bad, finals week, boys, studying, someone to listen to me, and everything in between. I have no idea where I would be without her today. She has helped guide me and has helped to make me the person I am today. She has encouraged me and pushed me to always follow my dreams. She is always there to give me advice and that is what a big sister is, someone to be there for you no matter what! Day or night, thick or thin, and that is exactly what my Big has done for me!
Becoming a Big Sis is something I will never forget. My littles mean the world to me! I have amazing bonds with my littles and I love them so much! Having a Big and being a Big Sis are relationships that words cannot describe. My newest little Nichole is amazing! We have had a bond since day one. She means the world to me and she is such an amazing person, she surprises me everyday! My little Katie never fails to make me laugh. She is my other half and always makes me smile! She is my goofy lil one! My lil Isabel is an amazing and beautiful person! I am so blessed to have her be apart of my life. When I found out she was my little I was so excited I started crying! Its relationships like these that make us who we are and impact our life. I have no idea where I would be without Zeta!"

-Ashley Vargas

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