Many people, even outside of Greek life, know that the terms
“big sister” or “big brother” means someone that mentors someone who is younger
or is just entering an organization. In Phi Sigma Sigma, the definition of the
term is the same, just with a different title.
The women of the Theta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma
use the terms “big sapphire” and “little sapphire,” which is our organization’s
stone, instead of “big sister” and “little sister.” A big sapphire is a mentor
that guides a new sister through the life of being in a sorority and life in
The bond between a big and little sapphire pair is unique to
the bonds of sisterhood because sapphires are like the Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani
of every group (from the best television show ever made, “Friends”). They just
get each other’s quirks and weirdness like no one else. They are always
available for random adventures together and pushing each other to be the best
they could be.
Sapphires are the shoulder to cry on, the hug that is always
needed, and a mentor when life sucks. Sapphires will always be there for the
initiation into the greatest sorority ever, getting your own little sapphire, your
break-ups and make-ups, the gallons of ice cream and movie marathons and a
bridesmaid at your wedding.
Whoever said diamonds were a girl’s best friend, obviously
never had sapphires.