Finding your tribe in college

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Going through your undergrad life by yourself, watching other friend groups laugh and hang out around you. Groups and individuals always having something to do and someone to go to class with while you’re alone. Sounds pretty awful, right?

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Nearly everyone wants to have a community, a group, a tribe to spend their time with. Students starting college worry about fitting in and finding their group. Organization fairs, fliers, and the endless emails from the student listserv give students ideas of where they can find their friends. Classes, living in the dorms, and these clubs are how most students find their tribe.

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As a freshman at NDSU, I joined 10 clubs. I had a list before school even started with the clubs and organizations I wanted to join. Obviously going for quantity over quality I only went to several of these regularly, which is where I found my friend group. Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority was the first of these that I joined and really found a niche. A great group of women who all loved agriculture and professional development? Exactly up my alley. Saddle and Sirloin, because I wanted to be able to show in Little International. The list goes on and on.

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The start of my second semester cut my club involvement in half, because it only took 16 weeks the previous fall to find where I wanted to spend my time. Sigma Alpha had nearly everything I could ever want. Structured meetings that made use of parliamentary procedures, community involvement and volunteer work, agriculture education through Ag in the Classroom, and of course sister fellowships of doing these activities with my best friends.

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Instead of going through my undergrad without a peer support system, I had a nationwide network of women who were fiercely passionate about the same things I was. Sisters who had similar views and related degree paths. There have been less than 10 classes I have taken where I didn’t have at least one other Sigma Alpha sister with me.

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Having homework help, study buddies, and trading off who is bringing snacks to share to the next class period was something that made those boring classes more enjoyable.
Networking at other conferences and seeing someone have the Sigma Alpha lettering on their pad-folio, sweater, or even on a piece of jewelry meant that we had an instant conversation starter together. Oftentimes these meetings occur during nationwide conferences, and meeting sisters from other campus’ and chapters was sometimes one of the best parts of the conference. Sitting next to a sister from a chapter in Wisconsin, and finding out about a job opportunity.

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Finding your tribe can mean different things for everyone, some find their friend group in Farm Bureau, Campus Attractions, student government, the equestrian or rodeo team, and some find them in the only professional agriculture sorority in the nation. Through Sigma Alpha, myself and the other sisters have a life-long connection to other women in the agriculture industry, and a friend whenever you need one.

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