I think that through the Alpha, Gamma and Delta Experience programs, you really can break down what each line means to you as an individual. During the Gamma Experience, I learned about how I could implement the Purpose into my relations with people.''To cherish friendships with but a chosen few" is something I really try to do by acting how I would want my friends to act and being there for my friends in times of need.
Three summers ago my family had the opportunity to go to a healing retreat for families with special needs. This retreat changed my life, and inspired me to spread awareness that it is not just a child with special needs, it is a family with special needs. Every summer I go back to the retreat, and I volunteer as a respite worker to watch the kids so parents can have time to themselves and get their own treatments. Being able to give back to something that I have benefited from makes the volunteering special. This is why I strongly believe in the line of the Purpose: "To welcome the opportunity of contributing to the world's work in the community where I am placed because of the joy of service thereby bestowed and the talent of leadership multiplied."
The values of truth, sincerity and kindness have been values that I have had to learn while being in college, values that I'm not sure I would have learned if it wasn't for Alpha Gamma Delta. I've learned to be truthful with myself because I've had to learn to how much I can take on my plate and when I truly do need to ask for help. I've learned the real meaning of sincerity through recruitment and recruiting women with values that I admire. I have learned to have honest, sincere conversations with those women. I've learned kindness from taking sister-daughters. It has taught me about responsibility and how to nurture, as well as how to lead them while being kindhearted, and showing them what Alpha Gamma Delta stands for.
-Taylor Cohen, Delta Rho-Sonoma State University