My Own Perfect Path

by: 

Cailin Kaklamanos

My twin sister and I do everything together. Growing up she was my constant play buddy; from sharing a womb together and blowing out the same candles on our birthday cakes, she has always been right by my side. 

  Ever since I can remember, Florida State has been my dream school. Growing up in Tallahassee my sister and I dressed in matching garnet and gold outfits, family time was spent in Doak cheering on our Noles. The sense of unity I felt during these events made my dream of being a student at FSU even more desirable.

  However, the plans I made, and the desire to attend FSU did not come as easily to me as I anticipated. While my sister got accepted into FSU our senior year of high school, I opened up my letter in disbelief as I read the haunting words… “DIFFERED.” I would now have to reroute by going to TCC for a semester, and then transfer to Florida State my freshman spring. I felt discouraged with the thought of being without my twin for the first time, but kept a glimmer of hope for my near future as a true Seminole. 

  Fast forward to my sophomore year of college when I went through Panhellenic recruitment; another milestone I had to face without my sister. I was about to enter my sister’s new home, Chi Omega. My hands shaking. My heart pounding. The blazing Florida sun beating down on me. Although being a twin has defined me since birth, during this pivotal moment I wanted to be seen and loved for who I was and not accepted just for being Delaney’s sister. I vowed to not speak to my sister about recruitment the whole week to ensure I was picking a path by myself for myself.

  Before I entered the house with the red door, I had promised myself I would follow my heart. Seeing the bright and smiling face of my soon to be sister, Alexa Ben-zeev I felt my heart relax. My nerves went away and I felt like I could breathe. We laughed to the point of tears, and I left Chi Omega with the biggest grin on my face. As I kept returning throughout the week, I found that hearing the bell ring and walking out got more and more difficult. Each of the women I had the privilege of meeting surprised me with their personal stories, their unique dreams, and their diverse perspectives and backgrounds. 

By the time preference round came, I knew I wanted to be a part of this amazing sisterhood. Seeing my sister for the first time in almost a week, made this night all the more emotional. 

As I sat in the Civic Center, where I sat many times as a young girl with a dream of attending FSU, I was apprehensive about the news I would soon hear. The last time I had opened a letter from Florida State, I was left brokenhearted. I carefully opened the envelope in disbelief as I read the words… “CHI OMEGA.” With tears running down my face,  I sprinted to my new home with the red door, and leapt into the arms of my twin sister Delaney. Fast forward two years, and every day I am blessed to run home into the arms of not only my biological sister, but into the arms of 250 other sisters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout my two years in Chi Omega I have grown so much. The women in Chi O saw something that I didn’t see in myself. They saw a leader in me and pushed me to get involved in Dance Marathon. I have learned so much about hard work, kindness, and the true meaning of friendship from all of my sisters. The Gamma chapter is filled with women who constantly uplift me. Being around such powerful and kind women has given me the determination to be the best version of myself every single day. 

Thank you Chi Omega for giving me support when I need it most, hands to hold in difficult moments, sisters to celebrate with during times of success, and friends who have turned into family. 

As I am almost done with my junior year of college I am thinking about how fast time flies. Even though my plans did not work out when I planned, my Chi Omega sisters came into my life when I needed them the most. I am taking in every moment that I walk through that big red door. Chi Omega, yours forever.