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President's Welcome

Hey there!

My name is Nicole Archibald, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Eta Rho Chapter President! I have the incredible honor to get to serve this chapter at Cal Poly for the 2022 year. As I enter into my final year of college, I have come to grow so grateful for the experiences I have had, many largely a result of joining this chapter. 

Entering my first year of college was nerve-wracking, and the idea of going through recruitment seemed very intimidating to me. The summer before my first year many of my friends from high school were talking about recruitment: the dresses they were going to wear for each day, the sororities they wanted to get into, getting letters of recommendation. I felt like I knew nothing, so unprepared compared to my peers, but I still continued to go through with signing up for recruitment. Being part of a close-knit, supportive community has always been important to me, and I knew that I would get that through the recruitment process.

Despite my initial fear, I am so grateful that I went through recruitment because, in the end, I found my home at Cal Poly. I know that it sounds cheesy, but it really is true. My first year at Cal Poly proved to be difficult when it came to finding new friends, but I quickly found my family within Kappa. I will never forget the day that I met my big for the first time, from the first time we met I knew that we had a special connection. I am lucky enough that in addition to my big, I also got a twin when I joined Kappa, and now both of them are truly my best friends. Even when I did not have many people in my life in SLO, it began to feel like my safe space all because of the amazing people Kappa brought into my life. 

Once the pandemic hit and many things became virtual, I feared that I would feel disconnected from my college community, but Kappa changed that. While my classes were still virtual, I still began to grow my relationships throughout Kappa, and that was the year that my KKG family grew, gaining even more amazing best friends to make memories with. While many meetings were virtual, I felt closer to my sisters than ever and decided to live in the house for my third year of college.

If it were not for living in the house, I do not think that I would be able to be writing this message to all of you right now, I would not have become President. By living in, I was constantly surrounded by Kappa, whether through the connections I made with everyone who walked through the door, or seeing how each member lives out the Kappa values. It inspired me more than ever and made me feel connected to so many members. I loved sitting down every day to have dinner together, the random Slurpee runs we would go on, and so much more. When we had chapter dinners, I truly felt like I was surrounded by all of my best friends, and that is pretty amazing to say about over 200 womxn.

The womxn that I have met through Kappa Kappa Gamma have inspired me more than I can put into words and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. I am so honored to be able to represent such a strong, intelligent, and caring group of womxn.

Love, 

Nicole Archibald 

Eta Rho Chapter President