Growing up I played softball from the time I was 6 years old until my senior year of high school. I loved the game. I played in the Sparks Fastpitch league until I wanted to get more competitive and play travel softball. This meant that I would travel to places like Northern California, Southern California, Oregon, Utah, and Oklahoma to play in tournaments. Being on a travel team meant longer and harder practices, extra hitting lessons and workouts, and being out of town for a tournament pretty much every weekend. But it also meant playing the game I loved, hanging out with my teammates in hotel rooms, and having so much fun.
As I grew up, softball came with me. In high school I continued playing on various travel teams and I began playing high school softball. I made varsity my sophomore year and during my time as a Reed Raider, my team and I won three regional titles and a state title my senior year (which was awesome and one of my favorite memories from high school).
But once I finished my senior year season of softball, that was it for me. And it was hard for myself and my family to not have softball in our lives anymore. We had built so many friendships and had so many great memories built around softball so it was sad. Softball brought me leadership, structure in my life, competition, and most importantly it brought me friendship.
I started my freshman year of college at the University of Nevada, Reno as a former softball player who was ready to immerse myself in the college culture. I lived in the dorms, took 15 credits, got a job, and of course made some really great friends.
But something was missing.
Here I was with all this new responsibility, this new freedom living on my own and I was bored. In high school I had always been overly involved and here I was in college feeling like I had too much time on my hands. I felt that my balance was off and I knew I needed to change it.
In the second semester of my freshman year I went through spring recruitment and I joined my sorority, Sigma Kappa. The sorority immediately brought structure to my life. There are weekly meetings that each member is required to attend along with other mandatory events.
Sigma Kappa then brought me leadership. In the fall of my sophomore year I became the Vice President of Philanthropic Service. This meant that I was a member of the executive council of the sorority and that I would be putting on 2 major philanthropy events along with helping my chapter get involved with the community. Some of our volunteer work included raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association, volunteering at Arbors Memory Care, and the Food Bank or Northern Nevada. It brought me even more leadership when I was elected president of the sorority for 2018.
Sigma Kappa even brought me competition. I get to play softball again in Tri Delta’s Triple Play philanthropy tournament where all proceeds go to St. Jude’s. Sigma Kappa has won the last 3 years in a row and in this tournament I am able to put my cleats back on and let my competitive side come out.
But most importantly, Sigma Kappa has brought me friendship. If I went on about each friend Sigma Kappa has brought me, this blog post would be too long and everyone would stop reading it. My sorority sisters are my biggest supporters and are always there for me in a heartbeat.
What I can say though, is that Sigma Kappa has brought me so many great friends, memories, and a home (this isn’t in a cheesy way, I live at my sorority house and its amazing). I truly couldn’t imagine what my college of experience would be like if it wasn’t for me joining my sorority.
Softball and a sorority are very different from each other but they also have so many similarities. Both of them have brought balance to me during different times of my life and I am so thankful for both of them.
How do you find balance? Comment below and let me know!