If We’re Doing This, We’re Doing It Together
Saying this trip was a step outside of my comfort zone would be an understatement. I had never flown alone, never been out of the country and never met any of the participants of the trip. I was alone on my flight into Atlanta, but I was looking forward to meeting up with five more sisters when I made it there. When I landed, I was alone and unsure of what to do. I soon found Maddie and we were joined by four more Alpha Chi Omegas not long after that.
We didn’t know each other and we were all nervous, but there is something so comforting about being with your sisters. I felt like I had known them all for years and within minutes we were all laughing and talking about how excited we were to get to Jamaica. That single hour, out of the many hours of the trip, set the tone for the entire week for me.
While in Jamaica, we were uncomfortable, we were exhausted, we were sweaty and dirty and we were sunburned. But at the end of the day, when we gathered around the table for our nightly reflection, every uncomfortable situation from the day simply went away. In that moment, we were sisters who couldn’t wait to share about our experiences – share our triumphs and struggles. Each one of us accepted the challenge of being vulnerable and opened up to 17 women we had met only days ago. We shared about times in our lives when we were courageous, times that weren’t so great, times that defined who we are today and our hopes and dreams for the future. We encouraged and inspired each other to work harder, smile bigger and continue taking steps outside of our comfort zone. With the help of my sisters, I was able to conquer fears, such as jumping off of a waterfall and leaping into the ocean off of a boat. Our motto pertaining to the adventurous parts of the week was, “If we’re doing this, we’re doing it together.” I honestly would not have many of the memories I do, if it weren’t for the women holding my hands and standing by my side when the week got a little rough or scary.
We made a visible impact while in Jamaica, but Jamaica and Alpha Chi Omega made an impact on me that will last a lifetime. I knew before this trip that Alpha Chi Omega is big and it is great. But after this trip I know that Alpha Chi Omega is so big and it is so great.