Gabbi Giammarino, Chapter President
Zeta Tau Alpha
It all started when I decided to go through sorority recruitment… was this something I was ready for? Would I make friends or find my “sisters” that everyone always told me about? Unfortunately, these were questions that I wasn’t able to answer before actually experiencing it all. For as long as I can remember I was always known as the “quiet girl” and I put up this little wall around myself and the outside world because I didn’t believe in myself or have trust in the voice I never used. This was something I struggled with for years and it had a lot to do with the thought of being rejected, whether that be an idea I had during a group project or getting a question wrong when my teachers called on me in class. It wasn’t until I join Zeta Tau Alpha that my life began to change for the better.
At first, I struggled, getting out of your comfort zone is not something that will instantly happen, it takes time and patience. That was exactly what my new sisters gave me when I became a new member. Even though I had all of these new friends and a support system that was stronger than anything I could have imagined, I was still that same “quiet girl” that everyone tried to pull out of her shell. I made a promise to myself that I was going to put my all into making a change in my life so I wouldn’t miss out on opportunities and experiences. I decided to join the Executive Committee and was lucky to receive the privilege of serving as the Vice President of Membership and Recruitment. It was my mission to help other women find their people and be the person that helps makes a difference in their life like Zeta made in mine. Suddenly I found myself in charge of 100+ people, controlling the room and making speeches at different events. I almost didn’t recognize myself, who was this person confidently speaking during the recruitment events or being a leader? It was me, and there was a moment where I knew I was a better version of myself.
Zeta Tau Alpha and the women of this organization as well as the women in the PHA community gave me a piece of myself that I never knew I needed. They gave me a voice. A voice I was proud of and confident in, and I couldn't imagine life without it. Now another year later I serve as the ZTA President, a role that I am grateful for everyday and honored to have. There isn’t another group of women I could even imagine calling my sisters, because without them I would not be the person each and every one of them helped shape. I grew as an individual for sure, but the most amazing experience was growing with everyone else as well. If you told me three years ago that I would be a leader or the first one to raise my hand in class, I would say you’re crazy. But now, I would say that is exactly what Zeta Tau Alpha does. This organization brings out your best qualities and gives you the resources to be the woman you may not have thought you could be. Its encouragement, its support, its love. Its Zeta Tau Alpha.