Hello and welcome to the Tau Delta chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi at Birmingham-Southern College! Thank you for taking the time to explore our website and find out what life as an AOII is all about!
Almost three years ago, I came to Birmingham-Southern not knowing how to do my laundry much less what sorority I wanted to join. I signed up for recruitment for the same reason many young women do, I wanted sisters, I wanted to belong, I wanted something that would make my hometown being 636 miles away a little less scary, and I wanted to be a part of something that was bigger than myself. AOII was the first house I walked into during recruitment, (and boy I have stories about how nervous-sweaty my palms were—honestly still convinced it’s a superpower) and somehow the women I met in those few days during recruitment, who I had never seen a day before in my life, already felt like my sisters, and I knew there was something special about AOII. A hop, skip, and a jump two years later and I have the incredible honor of serving as Tau Delta’s Chapter President. If you would have told me 3 years ago that I would be AOII’s 92nd president, I probably would have chuckled and called you a knuckle-head. The amazing women here at AOII have always been at my side pushing me to be the best version of myself and for that I will always be grateful. I would not be the woman I am today had it not been for my decision to join AOII and become a sister to 60 of the most inspirational women I know.
These women continually amaze me with their dedication to their community. AOII’s national philanthropy raises money for arthritis research in support of the Arthritis Foundation. During the fall semester, Tau Delta hosts the most participated philanthropy event on Birmingham-Southern’s campus, called Mr. Hilltopper. So far this year, my sisters have raised almost $5,000 in support of the Arthritis Foundation and have had so much fun doing it!
Beyond our involvement through service, AOII maintains a strong presence on campus throughout the year. Whether it be campus philanthropy events, athletics, student government, leadership positions, or honor societies, AOII is represented across the board. We have 26 athletes representing the cheerleading, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, lacrosse, track and field, golf, swimming, and cross country teams. We have 15 women holding leadership positions as Resident Advisors, Southern Ambassadors, Orientation Leaders, Panhellenic Executives, and members of the SGA and Quest II. Think it stops there? Nope! We also have 20 women in various honor societies and 49% of our chapter made Dean’s List this past spring semester! I am constantly in awe of how amazing and driven my sisters are in everything they do.
As you plan for recruitment in the fall, I hope you look for a home like the one I found at AOII (and learn how to do your laundry before you get to college). I hope you find a home that will constantly push you to be the best version of yourself, that will cheer you on and off the field, and will be there for you long after you leave BSC.