new member Experience
lets do this thing!
zeta tau alpha's new member experience was designed to emphasize the values of the fraternity. each section of the program focuses on values found in the creed of zeta tau alpha that all zetas should “seek” in their daily lives, including greatness, understanding, purpose, sisterhood and nobility. Zetas across the country take part in this program as new members and learn values they carry with them throughout their lives.
strawb and coke dates:
strawb dates, short for our symbol the "strawberry" are dates within zeta. new members go on with potential big sisters. this will help the new members of alpha upsilon to meet a variety of mentors and friends within zeta tau alpha.
Coke dates, referring back to the '80s when sorority members and fraternity members would hang out and get coca-cola together. We still do this today, but rather than just grabbing a soda with our friends in the interfraternity council we have water balloon fights, get snow cones and ice cream or tie-dye shirts together!
dear new member class of 2020,
yay you did it! congratulations and welcome home. we are so very excited that you chose us to be your new forever home. I am proud to say that you are amongst some of the most intelligent, dedicated, intentional and loving women I have ever met. you are about to embark on a journey that has been a part of zeta at osu for the past 97 years. hundreds of women have gone through this before you, right here at osu, and are now the amazing alumnae that support us. These next four years with your sisters will be filled with laughter, tears and stress (welcome to college), but mostly a lifetime of memories that you will remember for years after you leave Stillwater. your sisters will be with you every step of the way.
I would be lying if I said the road ahead for you is easy. this first semester you will face many challenges and go through many emotions, but I promise it will all be worth it. I will be here to guide you every step of the way. I will be here for all your hard times, all your emotions, all your questions, comments, concerns, and anything else you may need, I will be here. but these bonds will not grow on their own. I invite you to make your connections here and treat Zeta like your home, so come to the house for lunch and dinner (mrs. lou is the queen of cooking), do your homework in the living room, sit by new sisters in the chapter, do something that scares you and overall come into this sisterhood being your authentic self. you will only get out what you put in, so give everything you got!
my door will always be open to you! (I’ll be in room 207 if you ever need me.) I will be here for it all! I want to get to know and love you! (#loveisthegreatestofallthings) I am ready to jump into the experience with you and get messy and make mistakes but overall, encourage you to have the time of your life and get a college degree along the way. don’t be scared to call or beep me if you want to reach me for anything that you need. last thing, this time here will fly by, so enjoy every moment and get ready for all the weird, funny, happy Zeta moments to come!
Zeta love and mine,