Letters from our Alum

Delaney Hill

Pledge Class of 2018

To the pledge class of 2021, I am Delaney Hill, an alum in Sigma Kappa-Kappa Alpha. A little bit about my time in Sigma Kappa: I held the Webmaster position, a Gamma Chi for formal recruitment 2020, co-chair for skit twice, and was the overall homecoming assistant. I graduated in December 2020 with a bachelors degree in therapeutic recreation. I have an internship in Omaha at Children’s Respite Care Center working with children with disabilities and then (fingers crossed) will be going to graduate school to get my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in the fall of 2021. Welcome to Sigma Kappa-Kappa Alpha, you really did find something special. The journey you are embarking on is one in a million and the time WILL go fast, so enjoy it. I have been in your shoes before, so here are some tips I wish I was given when I first started college. Starting college and joining an organization is difficult and all very new. College classes are very different from high school and the organizations you join have a lot more time commitments. My first piece of advice is to take time for yourself in all the chaos! This could be sleeping in the extra 5 minutes, driving to St. Joe just to get Chipotle, or having a movie night. With all this change can take a toll on your body physically, emotionally and mentally. All the girls in this chapter have been there before and know exactly how you feel. Don’t be afraid to lean on them during the sad times as much as you do during the happy times. If they can’t help, there is someone else in the chapter that can. This can be because you are emotionally drained, you went through a breakup or life has just been hard. Each girl has gone through something, I definitely did, and I found my support group within this chapter. When this happens, you may feel as though you need to give up on Sigma Kappa, but push through. I didn’t realize how amazing it was until the semester I graduated. Keep up with it because I promise they want you in the chapter. My last piece of advice is to enjoy your time. Everyone says it, but time really does fly by when you are having fun! Go to chapter meetings, volunteer work and sisterhoods because you only have so many throughout your years in college. PC’ 21, I can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things you accomplish during your time at Northwest and in Sigma Kappa. With Love, Delaney Hill

Cassidy Bartenhagen

Pledge Class of 2017

Hi my name is Cassidy Bartenhagen and I was a member of the 2017 pledge class of the Kappa Alpha chapter of Sigma Kappa. I went alum and graduated from Northwest December of 2020. I graduated with a bachelor of Psychology. I currently am working for Child Protective Services in Omaha as a Child and Family Services Specialist. I will be getting my masters through UMKC starting January 2021. If freshman me were to read all of that and see how far I have came I would be amazed with all I have accomplished and what I have planned to accomplish in the future. If I could tell the incoming pledge classes anything, it would be to not hold back. College will fly by and once you’ve graduated you will want to be able to say you’ve made the most of your years. Something that made my time so special was that I applied for leadership positions, hung out with a sister I hadn’t talked to as much, joined a different organization, and much more! Along with that I think my time in sigma kappa really reflected the value of personal growth. I was a completely different person when I graduated than when I started college. I was a totally better version of myself. A much happier one! Live every moment to the fullest and always remember that everything happens for a reason. With Sig Kap love, Cassidy