By Sandra Mejia
As Founder’s Day approaches, I cannot help but reflect on the early days of Kappa Sigma Mu- specially the numerous meetings, constitution days, and nights staying up late learning more about each other. KSM was founded by six amazing women: Allison Raison, Nour Elqaq, Kelsey Weinkauf, Maria Bintz, Maria Garcia-Perez, and myself, Sandra Mejia. We had many people help us shape KSM and we will forever be grateful to them. In honor of Founder’s Day, here are 9 things the Founders would like our current and future Sisters to remember.
1. Keep an open mind
KSM was founded on keeping an open mind, whether it be religion, culture, or beliefs. It is important to keep an open mind, specially when one does not understand another. It helps us grow and develop as better people.
Listening is the key to success! It is an important skill to have in order to better understand others. There are many instances in which we find ourselves not truly listening to others. It is only when we listen that we can work together and accomplish great things.
3. You are a strong independent woman!
Yes, you read it. You are a strong independent woman; you are capable of achieving anything that you put your mind to; you are a leader.
4. Your sisters will always be there for you
I remember driving to one of our sister’s house at 2 a.m. and staying up all night driving around talking about life when she most needed it. Sisters are there for each other even when they move from Milwaukee to Florida or across the world. Just remember to let them in and let them help you. They will a great support system specially when you’re away from home. Plus, they will most likely always have food on them.
5. Stay true to yourself and do what makes you happy
College is a time to explore and discover who you are, but it’s important to remember your core values. The values of the Founders helped create and shape KSM, therefore remember to stay true to yourself and you will inspire others to do as well. You do you- do what makes you truly happy.
6. Find new ways to inspire others
Volunteering is a great way to inspire others. There are always new ways in which our communities can benefit and improve. Look for ways to inspire younger children to pursue a higher education.
7. You is smart. You is kind. You is important.
This is a special message from Nour ( if you don’t know where this comes from, then watch The Help).
8. Follow our four pillars
The four pillars were created in order guide the mission of the sorority, scholarship, community impact, personal development, and sisterhood. These are areas which each Sister develops throughout her journey in KSM. School always comes first-acquiring a higher education is key to achieving success. Community impact is crucial as it, not only, helps a person develop, it helps the community thrive. Personal development is important in understanding oneself. Last but not least, sisterhood. Sisterhood is a pillar which will last us a lifetime. We can depend on each other to help us grow and develop.