It should come as no surprise that come May a group of college students graduate and go off to start their exciting new lives in the real world. This of course happens every year and one would think by now it would get easier to say goodbye, I mean we all have at least four years of high school ‘goodbye senior’ experience under our belts, but saying goodbye is never easy. These amazing women were our Bigs, pledge moms, leaders, older sisters, and most importantly our friends. They’re the ones who took us under their wings for late night adventures, who we went to McDonalds with, whom we lived in house with, who gave us their old notes for class, and now all of a sudden they’re all grown up and leaving.
As a junior who has been given the task of writing a ‘Congratulations Grad’ and ‘Goodbye’ letter wrapped in one, I didn’t realize just how much I was going to miss every single one of you seniors until I sat down to type this article. Sure you are always sad when a pledge class graduates, but this year it feels different. This years seniors have been a one of a kind group. From starting all the way back at work week, to bid day, to date parties, even to Crescent Classic Week you have all been there to support your sisterhood and represent Gamma Phi Beta. Every one of us has looked up to you at some point and has tried our best to follow in your footsteps. All of you at one point helped us move into our freshman dorms or gave us a couch to sleep on when we didn’t feel like making the walk home across campus. You showed us the ropes, and now, it’s officially time to pass on the torch.
So here we are, it’s almost finals week and pretty soon you will all be walking across the stage to accept your diploma from Bradley University dressed in your red robes and pink Gamma Phi Beta stoles. You have worked so hard for that moment, and I hope each and every one of you cherishes it! I hope you take away with you memories that will last a lifetime and know that the door to 1414 W. Fredonia will always be open for you to come home and visit. Whether you’re moving to a different state, going back home, or even going on to grad school, you will always have 100+ Gamma Phi Beta sisters back at Bradley cheering you on. You are all going to do amazing things! Don’t be a stranger and thank you for teaching us what it means to be a Gamma Phi Beta.
"Now and forever, we will always think of you."