When I found out that I was the new Sigma Chi sweetheart, I was so happy that I ~almost~ cried. I was doing homework in my room when my little (who lives on my floor) knocked on my door and told me to come outside with her. I was confused, but I did what she said. When we got to the lobby of our building, my boyfriend (one of the brothers) was standing there. I asked why he was there, but he guided me outside. There were about thirty brothers standing outside and one by one, they turned around to face me and began singing the Sweetheart Song. I couldn't believe it- I was ecstatic and I felt so special!
Being a sweetheart is more than me spending the majority of my time with them or bringing food to the house. I'm the house's cheerleader and I support them in every decision that they make. I make teams for their philanthropy events, I fundraise for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and I buy gifts for the guys to celebrate their triumphs. I have the honor of representing the entire fraternity as their sweetheart.
But you'll never truly understand what it means to be a sweetheart until you're chosen to be one. The brothers of Sigma Chi are genuinely kind to me. They go out of their way to talk to me and make me feel special. They treat me like a princess, but also like a brother - and it's awesome. I grew up with one younger sister and always wondered what it would be like to have a brother. Now, I'm part of a family with over 100 younger and older brothers! The guys are there for me through the highs and lows- whether it's celebrating a job offer, staying in with me on weekend nights because I'm not 21, or giving me advice when I'm struggling with life. Moments like that are why I fell in love with the brotherhood. The serenades, flowers, and free rides are just a bonus.
I have a house full of friends, protectors, and most importantly, brothers. They've given me a home when I feel like I don't have one and they've become my second family in just a few months. I may never be initiated into the brotherhood, but these men still stand by me in the same way they would as if I were a brother. It's an incredible feeling and I'm eternally grateful.
To the gentlemen of Sigma Chi, thank you.