So I’m very excited to make this announcement! This has been really hard for me to keep from you guys, all of my readers, for such a long time but I am proud to announce that I am officially a member of the exquisitely classy ladies of the Epsilon Kappa Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated! Yes, I joined a sorority during medical school. You could probably say that I’m crazy. I can tell you was very difficult, lots and lots of time management but it was definitely worth it.
I made the decision to join Sigma Gamma Rho which is one of the divine nine or NPHC organizations. Why this one instead of all the other ones? That’s definitely a question I’ve been at answering quite a bit. I chose Sigma Gamma Rho for a multitude of reasons but the most important one being that this organization was started by seven school teachers at a time in Indianapolis where being a black woman was in and of itself dangerous. These women weren’t afraid. They bound together in sisterhood and served their community. I feel as though with everything that’s going on in the world, I do so much in the medical community but so often the community that I come from is left behind. While medicine is my passion, it’s vitally important that I not forget all of the other facets and serving my community. This gives me that opportunity. This gives me the opportunity to continue to not only succeed in the classroom but to have an outlet, a place that I can go and feel like a normal human being again. It was not only needed but completely necessary for me to continue on this journey. As the years go, I’ll be spending more and more time in the hospitals and I need to have something that reminds me to stay human, to stay active, and to stay connected. Contrary to popular believe my grades actually went up during this time so for all of those who are reading, please know that joining Greek life is not an excuse to have an awful semester. I didn’t have the opportunity to even entertain thoughts about allowing my grades to drop! It wasn’t easy but in the end, I think it was worth it.