Friday, November 5, 2010

Confession Number 62: I am a Chi Omega

Maybe the true confession here is that I was a sorority girl in college.  Yes, I was that girl, although hardly any of us met the stereotype given to this group.  I put in my four years, then, I'm somewhat ashamed to admit, I kind of went about my life.  I got married, I started my career, I got my Master's degree, I had kids.  It wasn't until I became a stay at home mom that I realized that a lot of who I was today was because of my days as a collegiate Chi Omega. 
My days as Community Service Chair taught me the importance of giving back to others in need, something that is a large aspect of our family today.  Time spent as Sisterhood Chair helped me understand that women need other women to sharpen them and be the best they can be.  The best mom, wife, worker, friend.  My year spent as Personnel officer?  That taught me that sometimes rigidity isn't as important as flexibility.  An important aspect as an educator and a parent. 
I've reconnected with a lot of my Chi O sisters, mostly through email and Facebook, and others, sadly,  I've totally lost contact with over the years. 
Chi Omega was founded at the University of Arkansas, and as a girl who grew up in southwest Oklahoma, I always felt like Fayetteville was a lifetime away.  Low and behold a move to northeast Oklahoma a little over a year ago brought us only about an hour away from Fayetteville and U of A.  Finally, a couple of weeks ago, we took a day trip over to see what all Fayetteville had to offer.  I had one goal:  I wanted to see the Chi Omega Greek Theater on the U of A campus.  After a little research and some careful negotiating of narrow campus streets, Dustin and Lynn found it for me. 
I felt like a 30 year old giddy college girl as we looked for it, then I realized this was smack dab in the middle of campus and it was obviously time in between classes and there were a LOT of college kids around.  It didn't stop me from jumping out and walking around.  Some kids even stopped so Mom could grab this quick picture of me.  It was neat, and got me thinking about my time in college with the girls.  I love you all and thank you for helping me become the woman I am today!


  1. Charla- I heart you! You can't even imagine the feelings I have for the Greek Theater. When I transferred to the UofA I was in Chi Omega Heaven. Just imagine that Greek Theater filled with thousands of UofA students, the cheerleaders and the Razorback marching band for the pep ralleys before the football games. LOVE IT! To say it's amazing will not do it justice.

    SO glad we were Chi Omega's together!!

  2. This post brought tears to my eyes! :) I sure do miss my sisters, too, although it has been YEARS since I have seen any of you, you will all still hold a very special place in my heart! :)