“My sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, has a tradition called a candle pass. We all go outside of our house and stand in a circle while we sing and pass the candle around. Once the candle is passed to the woman is who is engaged, she blows it out and then tells her engagement story.

I am graduating next Thursday, and this past Sunday was our last chapter meeting and last candle pass- my last ever as an active member. I had been complaining to my now fiance that I was bummed out that I would not have the chance to have a candle pass of my own. We had talked the night before he proposed about why it wasn’t the right time to get engaged, and he told me I needed to accept that and wait until he was ready. Of course, I was upset.

The next day, we were told that we had a candle pass, and all I kept thinking was, “I don’t even want to go out there to see who is engaged” because I was upset that it wasn’t me (and because I was being a brat). I decided to head out anyway, and we began singing and passing the candle. Once the candle came to me, I tried to pass it on to Katelyn, my grand-little sister, next to me, and she refused to take the candle. Everyone stopped singing, and I turned around to see my fiance, Cesar walking towards me. Then he got down on one knee and proposed in front of all of my sisters! Such a brave man! I am so blessed and excited to be engaged to my best friend!”

-Robin S.