A Letter From A Grandbig
Alpha Delta Pi has given me wonderful opportunities, mentors, t-shirts, and most importantly, friends. Friends that are constantly cheering me on from the sideline no matter what is going on in life. Two of those friends that have become so special to me are my little, Emma Scott, and my grandlittle, Mary Margaret Seawell.
I recruited Emma during Round 3 of Recruitment in 2018 and all I knew about her at the time was that she was a cute girl from Charleston. We ended up being Bid Day Buddies after she went ADPi and we immediately clicked. Emma and I have shared some of my fondest college memories together, from traveling to Florida for away games to spending WAY too much money at Gourmet Shop every Tuesday Morning. Out of all of them, my favorite would probably have to be serving in Puerto Rico together last Spring Break with our college ministry. We got to see some beautiful places and share the Word with some beautiful people! She is one of the reasons my USC/ADPi experience has been the way it is, and I do not want to know what it would’ve looked like without her.
I actually met Mary Margaret in the fall of 2018 as well when I gave her a campus tour of USC. Immediately upon meeting her I knew she would be a wonderful fit in ADPi, but I knew she had a lot of other schools to choose from too! Fast forward 10 months and not only has she chosen USC and gone ADPi, but she is Emmaʼs Bid Day Buddy, and now her little. Isnʼt it crazy how small the world is! I have cherished getting to know her spunky self.
Although the three of us are in three different grades, we are only 14 months apart, so we all are extremely close. We are the perfect balance of one another- outgoing, sometimes talking a little too much, and loving life. The main difference between us is that they are team New Taylor and I’m team Old Taylor (nothing will ever beat the Speak Now album, sorry). They pick me up when I’m down, celebrate with me when I feel like I’m on top of the world, give me advice when needed, and above all else, they love me like Jesus does!! They never meet a stranger and welcome everyone with open arms. Their lights shine constantly each day in different ways and I am so proud of what they’re accomplishing in this world. I’m extremely grateful for these two girls that have been placed into my life and am excited for what is to come. They truly are my little sisters!
A Letter From A Big
When I met Emmie during Sisterhood Round of recruitment, I knew that she was somebody I would want to keep in my life forever. I knew that I wanted Emmie to be my big when I ran home to her on Bid Day, and we have practically been inseparable ever since! In the past year of knowing each other, Emmie has become my person and my absolute best friend in the whole world. She is there for me in my best times and is there to pick me up on my worst days. Last November, I was having a really bad day and I called Emmie because I wasn’t sure who else to confide in. She picked me up from my dorm and took me to Sonic for milkshakes, and then we drove down Bluff Road for over an hour just talking about our lives and drinking our milkshakes. It was a small favor for her to do, yet is one of my favorite memories with Emmie to this day. We share a love of Wendy’s Four for Fours, traveling, and study dates. Not only is she my big sister, but she is my role model and mentor, my favorite function date, and my absolute soul sister. I always have a friend to go with me to Target, and our Tuesday lunch dates have become a new tradition in our friendship. I am so blessed to have her in my life, and even more blessed that we share a home here in Alpha Delta Pi.
When Mary Margaret ran home to me on bid day, I had no idea who she was or how we would get along. We hadn’t talked during recruitment, and the only thing I knew about her was that my big Emmie had given her a tour of USC a year ago. Little did I know that the girl who ran home to me would turn out to actually be a long lost sister of mine! I knew she would be my little the moment she started singing along to Taylor Swift while we were in the car on the way to Sonic. Mary Margaret’s bright personality was contagious to me, and her genuine excitement for life is inspiring. If I had a penny for every time somebody told me that Mary Margaret and I were
twins, I think I would have enough money to buy us all Wendy’s for the rest of our lives! We both showed up to the $5 Prom Function as tacky Prom Queens, and she is always insisting that we take photos at EVERY event. I definitely have spontaneously facetimed Mary Margaret at two in the morning to talk to her about my life, and to plan a trip to New York to see Taylor Swift (parent approval pending). Mary Margaret has become one of my closest friends, and I cannot wait to spend every college memory with her.
A Letter From A Little
When I ran home to Alpha Delta Pi on Bid Day, I was welcomed with open arms by Emma Scott, who was paired with me as my bid day buddy. At the time, I had no idea how special she would be to me and what an impact she would have on my life. Emma and I immediately hit it off and it was obvious to everyone around us. So many people would come up to us saying “You guys are literally the same person,” “You two were meant for each other,” and “Y’all must have been twins separated at birth.” It was such a compliment to hear that people saw similar characteristics in me as they did in Emma because I look up to her in so many ways and see her as a role model. Emma is so supportive and encourages me so much in everything I do. I know that I can always count on Emma to go shopping with me, to go on a lunch date, or to get Kaminsky’s with me whenever I have a bad day. I knew she was who I wanted as my big when we obsessed over the new Taylor Swift album and knew every word to each song just a couple days after the album was released! We actually have decided that we are going to New York together to see Taylor Swift in December! Our personalities go so well together and I love being able to do life with her. I value our friendship so much and am so blessed to have Emma as my big, my sister and forever friend.
Not only did I get the most wonderful big, I also got an incredible grandbig. It is crazy to think that just over a year ago, Emmie Smith gave me a Carolina tour and now I am a part of her family. While she was showing me
around campus, she told me about Greek life and what ADPI meant to her. I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of a sisterhood that contained such amazing women. Emmie radiates positivity and is such a light to everyone around her. I will forever be grateful to Alpha Delta Pi for giving me a home and the sweetest family. For my 19th birthday, Emma and Emmie threw me a surprise ice-cream party in my dorm with some of my closest friends. I was so excited and it made me realize how lucky I am to have a big and grandbig who truly love me the way that they do. I love these girls so much and am so lucky to have them as my sisters.