10 Reasons You Should #GOTEXASZETA

10 Reasons You Should #GOTEXASZETA

Seekin' the noblest since 1898.
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Recruitment season is upon us. So yes, unfortunately for the Greek-life-hating bunch on social media, that means many pictures of girls on bid day with excessive glitter on their faces, doing some kind of contorting thing with their hands. However, for some of us, it’s the opportunity to welcome some new faces into our sisterhood, and for others, it’s a chance to be that new face. When I decided to come to UT, I knew nothing about rush other than what the movies told me. For that reason, I was really skeptical if Greek life was even for me. Rush week was tough - so tough that I almost dropped after the first round. After watching countless 'my rush experience' YouTube videos and spending a lot of time on the phone with my mom, I realized that nothing during rush was meant to be taken personally. I stuck the rest of the week out with the mindset of as each new day passed, I was that much closer to being where I ultimately belonged.

Opening my bid card in the middle of Hogg Auditorium and seeing ‘Zeta Tau Alpha’ made it all worth it. Running home to the big white house in west campus into the arms of smiling girls holding sunflowers and crowns was the most welcomed and loved I've ever felt. Since bid day, my appreciation for Zeta has grown more than I ever thought it could. I have found a friend in every single girl in my pledge class. Texas Zeta has shown me that you can be so different from someone else, but at the same time, still find a home within the same sisterhood. If this sappy out-pour of emotions wasn’t enough to make you want to seek the noblest, check out the ten reasons why you should #GOTEXASZETA:

1. We have French Vanilla Lattes that Starbucks cannot even slightly compete with.

I'm serious, sometimes I walk all the way to Zeta just to get a latte.

2. Chicken Finger Friday, Study Snacks on Tuesday’s, and Chapter Dinner on Monday’s: Chef Holly’s cooking is the only acceptable way to gain the freshman 15.

A lot of Chef Holly's food is actually pretty healthy, but (sadly for me and my terrible self-control) we serve everything buffet style...

3. We have the prettiest house on campus - actually, according to Town & Country magazine, it’s one of the 15 prettiest sorority houses in the country.

It's totally obnoxious, but we call it the Zastle.

4. Whether it’s on the football field or at the PCL, your zistas are everywhere you go, never letting you tackle anything alone.

5.We’re the only girls on campus with turquoise rain jackets - ‘nuff said.

You can always spot a Zeta on a rainy day on campus because of that (extremely extra) bright blue

6. Because what’s more fun than saying ZLAM

Really, though.

7. There’s a girl for everything.

There’s a girl that will wear a taco costume to a Hawaiian party if you ask her to...a girl that will always get Austin’s Pizza Rolls with you, no matter the hour.


8. We’re all about hugs - just you wait until rush.

Each day, I looked forward to going back to the Zeta house, of course, because of the connection I had with the girls, but partially because during rush week, there's nothing better than a big hug.

9. We get to support the largest group of cancer-fighting women in the United States.

We partner with three organization: the American Cancer Society, the NFL, and Bright Pink all to raise funds for breast cancer education and awareness. This philanthropy is so special to us as 1 in 8 women (that's approximately 32 girls in our chapter) will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.


10. You’ll meet people you don’t know how you went your whole life without.

Cliche, yes, but I really don't think my first year of college would have been nearly as amazing if I wasn't a part of such a beautiful sisterhood.


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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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I Didn't Join A Panhellenic Sorority

It's okay if you don't join a panhellenic sorority. Sometimes a different organization can turn out to be the best thing.

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Before going to college I was faced with a dilemma, should I rush? I wanted to rush just for the social aspect, I thought it would be my best shot at making a bunch of friends. However, deep down I knew that greek life really wasn't me. I didn't want to do something if I wasn't one hundred percent behind it. There was a part of me that did want to be in a sorority but the other part of me really didn't want to rush. Let me be clear, I don't think Greek life is bad, I just think it wasn't for me. I talked to my brother and sister-in-law about this because they both were in Greek life at the college I attend now; they told me that they didn't think I would like it either.

What my brother and sister-in-law told me that I might like was, a Christian sorority called Sigma Phi Lambda. When they described it to me it seemed like exactly what I was wanting. As soon as I got to college I sought them out; and I went to their recruitment nights. I loved it! It was exactly what I was looking for. I ended up joining. This sorority brought me an amazing group of friends! Most importantly, I have joined the perfect sorority for me! A few things I liked most about Sigma Phi Lambda was the people were so welcoming, it was more low key and laid back, I was still able to have a big and a "Pham", we still did lots of sorority things whilst also having activities that strengthened us on our walks with the Lord, and I gained so many sisters that I now have strong relationships with. Sigma Phi Lambda gave me so many friends and something to be involved in on campus. They gave me somewhere to belong and I am so glad I chose to join them.

Rushing may be exactly what you need when you go to college, but if it's not that is okay. Just join something that makes you happy. Join an organization that helps you grow and surrounds you with people that you want to be around. I promise when you get to college that there is an organization for just about everything, find the one that fits you. No matter what you choose I promise it's good. Just make sure you choose what is right for you.

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