by Sheridan Goldstein
First semester freshman year I was lucky enough to cross paths with a senior who took me in under her wing. We met on the dance team, and I immediately wanted to be her friend. She was the most genuine, fun and non-judgmental person I had met to date. Throughout the semester, we bonded over our passion for dance and Neuroscience. She introduced me to her friends and some of her, and now my, favorite places in New Orleans.
Kenzie was always talking about her best friend Devon, who happened to be her little, and the New Member Educator my first semester in Sigma Delta Tau. We got to bond every week while she taught me all the history and traditions of this amazing sorority.
I remember seeing Bri at bid-day, she was about half my height and weight and climbed on the roof of a car to teach all the new members fun songs and chants. Her carefree and spontaneous attitude made me immediately want to be her best friend. And today, I am lucky to call her my big, Devon my grand big, and Kenzie my great grand big.
At our first family dinner after big/little reveal, I finally met my great, great grand big who was completing her Masters in Psychology at Tulane. We spend the night laughing, eating good food, and most importantly, playing with her new and adorable puppy. In class the next week, I discovered I would see Becca a lot more often than expected, as she was my TA.
When it came to choosing my little, I joked that I was infertile. I didn’t want a little, I wanted a best friend, and that is exactly what I got. Sydney and I grew up 20 minutes away from each other, share friends from home and school and together have one communal closet.
When it was time for Sydney to pick a grand little, I knew she would pick someone who I would love and hit it off with right away. But I didn’t expect to know my grand little already- Jane. I went around telling people she was my grand little before it was even official (as Sydney did with me). We see each other every week, and Jane couldn’t complete our family better. I am confident she will continue the amazing legacy of our family when I graduate.