ESA Sisters Sharing Their Sorority Experience!
Morgan McLean- Hi, I'm Morgan McLean, and I am a freshman history education major. I joined ESA this past fall, and I can 100% say that joining was the best part of last semester! When I moved on to campus in the fall, I felt super isolated from everyone on campus. I ended up going to lunch with a girl, and she mentioned the idea of rushing for a sorority, and I swear I was already tuning it out. When I came to college, I had no desire to rush because I had heard about how much of a toxic experience it is. However, I did listen in when she mentioned that ESA didn't cut, and they focused so much on service. For a few days, I thought about it, and I talked with my mom and some close friends from high school, and they all said to go for it; this sounds like the perfect fit for you. So, I took a chance, and I signed up for rush. I remember how excited I was to have something on my calendar that I was actually looking forward to! Rush week to me was like the light at the end of the tunnel! I began making so many new friends, and I finally felt like myself again. I actually started loving being at Illinois State and having something more to do than just homework! I couldn't wait to pledge. While last semester wasn't the way I had always imagined college, the best thing I did was rush ESA, and I had so much fun at all the various zooms. I can't wait for the next three and 1/2 years to make so many more amazing memories, and hopefully soon, those memories will be in person!!
Maggie Schremp- Hi! I am Maggie Schremp and I rushed Epsilon Sigma Alpha in the Fall of 2019. All throughout high school, I was very involved in various sports and clubs so I knew in college I wanted to be involved as well. I wanted to try something new that got me out of my comfort zone while creating lifelong friendships. After doing some research, I found ESA and knew that that's what I wanted to be a part of! I have met some of my best friends through ESA and it has allowed me to give back to my community as well. It was so fun to be apart of events like Up Til Dawn and weekly sisterhoods! ESA has also taught me great leadership skills. In 2020 I became a part of the executive board and it has really given me so many skills that I can take with me in my future endeavors. I highly encourage girls to join ESA! Step out of your comfort zone, it will be so worth it!!
Taylor Hall- Hi! My name is Taylor Hall, and I am an active member of ESA. I joined in the spring of 2020 right before we were sent home from the pandemic. When I rushed, I immediately felt welcomed and appreciated from day one. Even though we were sent home, I could still feel the support and love from everyone despite the distance between us. I did stay home from campus this year to continue working and take my online classes from home, but ESA has allowed me to still feel connected to the university. I am so grateful for the opportunities that have come from being a part of such an amazing sorority. My sisters are such an amazing group of ladies and I am so grateful for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.
Cassidy Thorner- Hi, I'm Cassidy Thorner, and I am a freshman elementary education major. I joined ESA in the fall of 2020, and I absolutely love it. When I came to college, I did not see myself joining a sorority, but with the pandemic, it was hard to me to make friends, but my roommate was talking to me about joining ESA and I asked her what it was, and she told me that it was a serice sorority. When I started rush, I was nervous that this was going to be like the stereotypical sorority that you see in movies where everyone is super peppy, and some are mean girls but honestly the first night of rush changed my whole perspective. I love being in ESA so much and have made so many friends from it. I also have been able to help people with donations and help in different foundations which really warms my heart. I am so happy I joined and cannot wait to make more memories during my years at school.
Jessica Hogeboom- I joined ESA my freshman year of college after hearing about it from a few girls I went to high school with. I knew I wanted to be a part of the sisterhood, but I was not financially capable of, or just overall wanting to join a social sorority. I decided to go to the very last day of rush week in 2018 and instantly fell in LOVE with it. The girls, the sisterhood, the environment, I was hooked. A year later, I decided to run for a position on Exec/Comm. I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I ever made while in ESA. I was super shy at all our ESA events and only stuck to a few girls, but after joining Exec/Comm, I instantly came out of my shell. I became this bubbly, silly, and outgoing person. I just overall became myself. I felt confident speaking in front of the girls, and I started talking to more people. I have loved every second of ESA and I have made so many lifelong friends from this sorority, some of whom will be in my wedding someday! I love ESA with all my heart, and I am so blessed to have been a part of this sisterhood.
Bea Vankleek- We all join sororities to help people, volunteer our time, and donate all we can offer, but ESA goes beyond that. In ESA you make so many connections meeting new people. I absolutely love the sisterhood aspect of our sorority. There is no drama or anything of the sort; even if we don’t know a fellow member too well, we will always be there for them in a time of need or just to grab a bite to eat if they ask. It is just such an easy way to meet people, have fun, and help others while doing so. I joined ESA to make more friends, have new experiences, and volunteer my time and ESA checked off my list while helping me with so much more!
Rose Carani & Jacquelyn Britton- Hi! We are Jacquelyn and Rose and we rushed ESA in the fall of 2020 and have met some of our best friends through joining! Although we haven't had been able to do many in person events due to COVID, we are excited for when we can meet more people and do more events in person! So far it has been such a blast and we can't wait to make more memories. We have been able to meet so many amazing girls so far and cant wait to meet many more!
Katie Railey- ESA has been an amazing way for me to meet new people and give back to the community. I have met the greatest people through ESA and I am still so excited to meet new girls throughout the years. Even though this year didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, ESA still made it one of the best experiences. I can’t wait to keep making those memories, and building those relationships! At first I wasn’t too sure about joining, just because being in sorority wasn’t something I wanting to do. I was told about ESA, and just thought maybe I should try it out because it couldn’t hurt. That was the greatest decision I have ever made. This sorority is more about giving to others and building relationships with other sisters. I am so thankful for my first year with these girls!!!
Abbey Helfand- Hi! My name is Abbey Helfand and I joined ESA in the spring of 2020! ESA was such a saving grace for me in college! The second I joined, I have never felt more included and loved than I have by my sisters! All the girls in ESA are such wonderful human beings that make up an extraordinary chapter! We love each other dearly and getting to set aside time to help those in and out of our community is so humbling and makes ESA amazing! This chapter has given me so many wonderful memories and connections to last a lifetime! I am beyond grateful for ESA for giving me opportunities to be an active member in society and giving me my most cherished friendships!
Natalie Zander- I love ESA for so many reasons! It's such a great environment. All the girls are so nice and uplifting. I've made so many new friends and memories. The activities we do for our philanthropies are are enjoyable and eye opening. I love giving back to the community and other service activities. ESA is the perfect place to do so.
Grace & Sophia- Hi! We are Grace and Sophia, we both rushed ESA in Fall 2019. Being apart of ESA has been such an incredible experience so far, and we both look forward to continuing ESA through the rest of our college careers. We have met so many incredible girls throughout our time in ESA, and have met some of our best friends! We also have loved the service opportunities in ESA, as they help us to be involved in our community and give back to others. With COVID-19 it has been a difficult year, but the ESA girls have been persistent in their service and in creating a supportive environment for all us sisters. We look forward to next year to meet new people and experience new opportunities!
Michelle Rodriguez- Before joining ESA, I was completely clueless about Greek life and what it entailed. The only things I knew were what I saw in movies or tv shows, which most of times they were negative portrayals of sororities and fraternities. Coming to ISU, I didn’t really have any intention of submerging myself into greek life, however, that all changed the fall of 2020. I remember seeing someone post on instagram about how Epsilon Sigma Alpha’s rush week was approaching and it caught my attention. I decided to check out ESA’s instagram page and I thought I would attend the rush week events to see what it was like. Despite it being over zoom, I enjoyed every minute of it. All the girls were so welcoming and made it a comfortable safe to be myself. I didn’t anyone during the rush process but got the amazing opportunity to meet so many new people! After rush week I knew I was going to have an absolutely amazing time in ESA and I’ve been loving every minute of it. I’m so happy to have met and continue to meet wonderful people through ESA! Being apart of this thriving service sorority has changed my life for the better and I can’t wait to make more fun memories!
Erin Gonzalez- I love ESA because my sisters are the most amazing friends and I feel so supported within our sorority family! I rushed this semester, and I am already so thankful for everything that ESA does for me. The sorority has brought me so much happiness and I can’t wait to see what it brings me in the future!!
Casey Strote- Hello! My name is Casey Strote and I just recently joined ESA in the fall semester of my senior year. I was always very involved in extracurriculars in high school and at my community college. When I transferred to ISU, I knew that I wanted to be a part of something where I could be of service to others. Joining a service sorority as a senior was definitely nerve-racking at times, however ESA is made up of such a wonderful group of girls that I felt welcomed with open arms! I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that ESA has given me and I love being a part of such a wonderful organization!