A very similar post titled “To My Future Little” was originally published in September 2016.
You don’t know who I am yet, but when reveal night finally arrives it will be one of the most exciting experiences I’ve shared with this sisterhood.
I always believed we were meant to find each other. I’m a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and at the time that it’s supposed to come. Life always has an incredible way of working out and I couldn’t be happier that I have the honor of being your big sister.
I always love every minute of recruitment because I get to talk to all of our amazing potential new members, all the while knowing the amazing journey that each could soon embark on. I had such a strong feeling that this semester was it, that I would get to share in an integral part of one of these girls’ paths through our organization.
Getting a big was definitely one of the highlights of my candidacy period. I don’t have any biological sisters, so being introduced to my new family of sisters was amazing. My family was (and still is) always there to support me and you are about to join a long-standing tree full of laughs, love, encouragement, and, of course, food.
With my big at my sister initiation two years ago!
I want you to know that you can come to me with anything. Even though crying makes me fumble over my words even worse than usual (who knew that was possible), I will show up at your dorm ready to listen with a tub of ice cream (as is my staple) and a big (get it?) hug when you’re down.
When you’re stressing over a test the next day and are buried in studying, I will show up with lots of coffee and we’ll sleep over in the library together.
And when you ace that test, we’ll go out for dinner and celebrate.
I will always show up for you.
I really believe in honoring the little things in life and I want you to know that, wherever you go and whatever you do, you are valued. Nothing you do will be insignificant to me; I have so much pride for you already. I can just imagine all of the “my little > yours” statuses I’m about to post to brag about you 😉 .
I had so much fun planning out all of your gifts this week. I’d been pinning all the crafts I wanted to make for you and bookmarking all the matching shirts I need to narrow down to get for us since I first became a sister myself, but I also want you to know that I’m not in this just for all of the cute pictures we’re going to take. I want to be a big because I want to connect with and be there for you.
I won’t just be your big. I’ll be your cheerleader, your friend, your ride home, your study buddy, your dinner date, and, most importantly, your big sister.
I live and breathe this sorority. They are my life and this organization means more to me than I could ever verbally express. It’s given me confidence, leadership, support, and love. I’m not even sure I would have made it this far in engineering without my sisters. This sorority has done so much for me and I love every second of being a part of it. I can’t wait to share how much passion I have for this group of fun and empowering women with you. I can’t wait to see you grow because of it and I can’t wait to see what you bring to the table.
Candidacy is hard. We’ve all been there. It’s a lot of work, but it’s so worth it because it shows your dedication to the sisterhood you want to join. Looking back on it, it really makes you appreciate what you get to be a part of once you finally become a sister. As your big, it will be my job to help you whenever you need it and see you through the end of candidacy, to sister initiation, and beyond.
I’m not here for one semester. I’m not even here for two. You and me? We’re lifelong.
I don’t just love you because you’re my little. I love you because you’re you!
~What do you want your big/little to know?