Alecia first enrolled in college when she was 18 but didn’t know what she wanted to study.

Although her grades were excellent, she decided to take a break from school after a year or so of community college.

“Life went on, and I turned my focus on working full time and raising my daughter,” she explains.

“I eventually found my passion – psychology – and decided that I would reenroll into college to not only earn a degree but to also set an example for my daughter.”

 In her early 30s, Alecia started at FIU; balancing schoolwork and her nonprofits, a sorority was not in her plans. She says,

“I thought, ‘I’m going to go to college and get a degree and get in and get out and that’s it.’”

She was intimated by the recruitment process and didn’t know anyone in a sorority to ask about the experience.

She also admits she was afraid of the idea of sisterhood, of being vulnerable and letting others know her. “

Growing up in foster care and even as an adult, I was very standoffish,” she explains.

“I never really had a lot of friends, and that goes back to growing up in the foster care system.

 You never know how long you’re going to be in a home, so I never made an effort to connect with anybody or get to know anybody.”

 She began to see groups of Alpha Chi Omegas around campus, simply talking to each other or studying together.

“I would know they were Alpha Chis because of the way they interacted with each other,” she says. “

That stood out to me…I love that fact that you can see an Alpha Chi and know she’s an Alpha Chi without her being in any kind of Alpha Chi attire.”  

Finally, Alecia decided to go through the recruitment process.

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