Hi everyone, my name is Marissa Raras and I am honored to be serving as Kappa Alpha Theta’s President this year. My first experience with greek life was in high school when I visited a friend who was in UCLA’s chapter of Theta. During my visit, I was constantly inspired by her and the other Thetas she introduced me to. They were ambitious, creative, and empowered young women who I could tell would become amazing leaders. While going through recruitment, I knew I wanted to find a house full of girls just like that. I am grateful and happy to say that I found these lifelong friends in the women of Theta here at UCSB.
The friends I have found through KAO have encouraged me to take on positions of leadership and consistently push myself past my boundaries. My first job at UCSB was as a Fitness Assistant at the Rec Cen. I considered applying for the job because one of the other Thetas was a manager there and told me they were hiring. The past couple of years I served as a Campaign Manager in Campus United during the Associated Students elections. I was encouraged to join because of other Thetas who were involved. The women in KAO have been by my side through many new adventures. Many of my summers and spring breaks in college have been spent traveling the coast with my fellow Thetas. Being in Theta has helped me to discover my passions and gain a greater understanding of myself. When my Big encouraged me to volunteer with an organization that she had previously worked with, I discovered my love for working with children with Autism. I now plan to pursue a job in that field. When I joined a sorority, I knew that I would make new friends, but I had no idea how these friendships would impact change in almost every aspect of my life.
What I love about Theta is not just how our members enact change in each other’s lives, but also how we work to make a positive change in the community around us. Our philanthropy is CASA, or the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. CASA is a national organization that supports court-appointed special advocates for abused and neglected children in the foster care system. CASA volunteers are trained to become active members in the child’s life, getting to know them and the people around them in order to advocate for the child’s needs in court. These advocates become like family to the children they work with. The money that we raise through our philanthropy events, such as Kickball for CASA, goes directly to the Santa Barbara CASA. Because we send all of the money to a local chapter of CASA, we have gained a close relationship with them and have been able to impact the organization’s development in our community each year with our donations.
I am proud to be a Theta and to stand by such an amazing group of leading women. The connections and opportunities I have received through this organization have been hugely influential in my life. The friendships I have made are ones I know will be lifelong. Theta has helped me learn my own potential as a leader and as a member of our community. Thank you for visiting our website and taking the time to learn a little bit about why Theta means so much to me.
Theta love and mine,
Gamma Rho Chapter, Kappa Alpha Theta
House Capacity: 42
New Member: F/W/S: $475.25/$436/$436
Live-in: F/W/S: $3,930.25/$3,899/$3,899
Live-out: F/W/S: $342.25/$311/$311
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