Montana Phi Delta Theta: A Sweetheart's Perspective
By Mariah Hollist
For over a year and a half, I’ve had the privilege to call the men of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity my friends. I’ve had the opportunity to attend two formals hosted by the Phi Delts, and I had the honor of becoming their sweetheart, a title I am proud to have. There could be books filled with the memories I’ve shared with these men, and there will be even more to add as these friendships become stronger. Every moment spent in the company of these men are moments I will cherish the rest of my life. There are not enough words to express how important these friendships are to me. It’s not going to be easy for me to write how I feel about the Phi Delts, not because I have nothing to say, but because the words I have to say won’t do them justice.
The individuals in the house hold themselves to a higher standard than most. I’ve seen brothers encouraging brothers to strive to be the greatest version of themselves. They uphold their pillars of sound learning, moral rectitude, and friendship in many ways, but by creating an environment welcome to all and a place that enhances learning, they truly cement their commitment to upholding these principles. Being surrounded by these young men and the environment that they have created has changed my life in many aspects. I’ve become more studious, and I now strive to achieve goals I would have never set without them. I’ve seen myself become more involved in the community and find confidence in myself as a member of society. Without them, I would not be the person I am today, and I am very grateful to have them in my life.
There have been many occasions where I’ve seen boys grow into men in this house. One instance that I hold very close to my heart is my little brother. He joined the fraternity last fall, and since then, I have seen a change in the way he carries himself. He has been highly involved in the fraternity, and he also holds the office of chorister which, in my opinion, fits him perfectly. He is also currently living in the house along with 12 other brothers. There is no way to express the gratitude I feel towards the Phi Delts and how welcoming they were to my brother when he first joined. I like to take some credit for him joining the fraternity, but he’ll never admit it. He’s still my stubborn little brother and that’ll never change.
I’ve probably spent most of my college career inside the walls of Phi Delta Theta. I’ve spent hours cramped around the library table doing homework, studying for exams, and fighting for just a little more elbow room. Countless time I’ve sat on the fireplace mantel watching them practicing serenades or singing a few Disney songs they know by heart (and when I say a few, I mean all of them). I’ve been there for the bad days and the good days, and luckily, they were there for mine, too. They made the days easier when it felt like the world had been out to get me, even if they didn’t know it was. They are my biggest support team, and I hope that I’ve been able to be theirs.
Phi Delta Theta means more to me than anyone will ever know. It’s my home. It’s the place I go to feel safe and surround myself with people who love and accept me. The past year has been the happiest year of my life, and I’m looking forward to what this next year has in store for the Phi Delts and I. Hopefully it’s filled with smiles, laughter, and some homemade goodies. As I’ve said before, there is no way to express how grateful to them I am. All I can say is, “Thank you.”