Nineteen years, five job titles and several professional promotions later, April Dzubic’s close circle of friends includes the same nine women it did during her days on campus.
“There are a multitude of classmates, dorm and dance friends, professors and sorority sisters who all lined up could share wise advice and amazing stories that I carry with me until my dying day,” says the 2000 broadcast journalism grad, now executive director of the American Cancer Society of Missouri.
“But there is one group that stands out for the profound impact they’ve had on my life — more powerful than the knowledge learned and amazing experiences dancing with my Illinettes – and they are nine beautiful, smart, talented, kind sorority sisters who continue to be my best of friends, my travel buddies, my shoulder to cry on and laugh so hard you cry with.
“Despite the 10 of us being spread across seven states, we’re celebrating 20 years of friendship, support, experience and annual girls trips, and how lucky are we.
“You might never think that a club with a secret handshake and a house with 70 or so girls under one roof could provide this lasting and deep connection, but it did.
“And I cannot imagine my life without my nine besties from the U of I.”