Skyla LePoris, President of the Xi Nu Chapter (Tarleton State University), born and raised in Texas, tells the story of her amazing life. "My life has always revolved around agriculture," she said. "Growing up I was involved in 4-H and FFA; I showed livestock, participated in quiz team, competitive parliamentary procedure as well as livestock judging.
"I developed a passion for leadership and service and I knew that my journey wouldn't end with me hanging up my blue corduroy jacket. When I came to college, I wantd to be involved. I went out on a limb and participated in formal women's recruitment. Quite frankly, I was terrified, considering I had spent most of my life in male-dominated organizations. But as soon as I met the women of Delta Zeta, I knew that they were who I wanted to be in my collegiate years.
"Four years later, I can't help but look back and think, 'Who would have thought that the girl who grew up raising cattle, hogs and goats would be the woman leading 130+ sorority women?'" Skylar said laughingly.
"I'm happy to show the world that as Delta Zetas, we strive to be more than what is projected in the media as a 'typical sorority girl.' Although my favorite color is pink, I am an Agriculture Communications major who loves to hunt, spend time outdoors, create craftsand spend time with my not-so-girly dog.
"In Delta Zeta, I have found some of the greatest friends in the world. My sisters are those to whom I turn to when times are tough, when I need extra motivation, when I need a shoulder to cry on or someone to celebrate with. My sisters are those who constantly push me to be my very best self, physically, mentally, spiritually and academically.
"In Delta Zeta, I have developed a new passion for service. Tarleton State University is in a rural town with a population of roughly 15,000. Knowing that the Xi Nu Chapter touches the world philanthropically through this small town is truly amazing.
"I have joined a network of Delta Zeta alumnae who I know I can turn to for some of the best help and advice. The networking that comes with being involved in Greek life is unlike anything that I've been a part of. I rarely travel without running into a sister, and my current supervisor in my job is a Delta Zeta alumna!
"In Delta Zeta, I have found myself. I have had the opportunity to serve in various leadership positions such Vice President of Membership and President, and I have learned more about myself during these times than I could have ever imagined. I have faced adversity head on and used resilience to overcome. I have learned how to work as a team by seeing things through others' eyes. I have traveled to different states and have learned from incredible leaders across the country.
"I learned to set goals and to never stop until they are reached. I have discovered how to believe in myself and how to be confident in my abilities. And ultimately, I have had the opportunity to grow as an individual. I owe Delta Zeta for shaping me into the woman that I am today."