Big/Little night: the most anticipated night in any girl’s pledging process, and the night I found out I had Michelle Illance as my Big. Screams, hugs and pictures were in excess that night, and being introduced into my family could not have been more exciting.
Every single little in the world thinks their big is by far the most perfect person, but when it comes to mine, the word perfection just isn’t enough. Of course she’s smart, beautiful, and extremely passionate about our sorority and giving back. But more than that, she is passionate about having me as her Little. She is a mentor. She is a friend. She is my personal home away from home. Michelle is in fact the reason I looked into pledging my sorority.
Between her and her older sister, Melissa, I could not get away from hearing how great Gamma Eta was, which I have learned on my own how right they were. Even before we were paired up, she was always there to lend a helping hand throughout my pledging process. Having her as my Big really makes everything about my sorority that much better. E-board meetings and chapter would not be the same without her bragging about how much she loves me.
Because we are a smaller sorority, we do not have a house on campus, but that does not stop Michelle and me from being together whenever we get the opportunity. Michelle is the person who has called me over to have random sleepovers. She is the person I have spoken to on the phone for an hour and a half straight while she was on the road to Tampa, just to make sure she got there safe. She is the person who showed up right before midnight on my 21st birthday. She is the person I play N64 with when we decide to include our boyfriends in the plans. She is the person who’s tried to teach me to cook, while really just cooking me dinner. She is the person whom I can confide in and never judges regardless of the situation. She is the person who usually calls me “cutie” instead of my actual name. She is my big and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My college experience without Michelle would’ve looked quite different. I am very thankful to have met her. Not only am I a part of an organization that truly shines on all levels, but I also made a friend who I know will be around for a very long time.
This Big/Little essay was submitted by Liliana Correa. Liliana is a member of the Alpha Chapter of Gamma Eta Sorority, Inc. at the University of Florida. You can follow her on Twitter at @lovelc7. To submit your own Big/Little essay, click here.