5 Stereotypes About Greek Life That Are Completely NOT True

5 Stereotypes About Greek Life That Are Completely NOT True

"All Greek Life does is party"
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1. "All Greek life does is party"

Contrary to very popular belief this is indeed false. College kids in general party, it happens, but it’s not fair to categorize a group of great college kids as party animals. The sole purpose for many sororities and fraternities is to celebrate a special bond together such as sisterhood or brotherhood. Another big aspect of Greek life is to support the org’s philanthropy. A lot of people don’t know fraternities and sororities each have their own organization that they volunteer with and fundraise for all year. This fundraising can take many hours and a lot of the times the philanthropy events take place on weekends as well, leaving no time to party and only time for the orgs to give back to their community. If anything, Greek orgs are some of the most generous organizations on campus.

2. You have to be good looking to “get in”

False. There are no ratings of photos or appearance during the behind the scenes of Rush week or recruitment like the movies. The only reason a photo is required during the joining process is so that active members can put a name to a face. During recruitment/rush, the only thing potential new members are rated on is who they are on the inside. There are so many different people involved in Greek life there is no point in being biased on choosing members based off looks nor is there any tolerance for it. We all come from different backgrounds, the only similarity in looks we have are our T-shirts we wear on bid day.

3. All of Greek life “hooks up” with each other

False. First off, yes, some sorority girls and fraternity boys do end up dating, and it's totally normal, that’s just one way people meet like any other college student might meet someone in class and end up dating, totally normal. However, all of Greek life does spend a significant amount of time together whether it be at mixers/socials or supporting each other's philanthropy events. So, yes, sororities and fraternities do have a close bond but not the kind that a lot of people assume, we’re all more just like one big family.

4. People in Greek life have low GPA’s and get to stay in their org anyways

False. It is hard for all college students to maintain a high GPA, however, it is very important for those in Greek life to maintain their chapter's GPA in order to stay an active member. It is almost more crucial for those in Greek life to maintain a good GPA in order for them to be in good standing in their chapter, to hold positions and doing well in school is important as well. There are no special exceptions for those in Greek life, we’re expected to do our best in classes just as much as any other student.

5. We’re all the same

False. Sororities and fraternities are much like any other club, a group of people who share similar passions but come from different backgrounds. From my experience in my chapter I have noticed many girls with different majors, ages and cultures, and yet we all manage to be friends regardless of our differences. In fact, our differences are appreciated and are what makes our chapter so unique.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

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Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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I Asked 11 Sorority Women For Their Experiences, And Their Answers Prove Sisterhood Is Forever And For Everyone

Nothing like you expected, but everything you were looking for.

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Around this time in the summer, sorority women everywhere are busy picking out outfits, practicing their conversational skills, and reflecting on everything their organization has given them, all in preparation for formal recruitment in the fall.

I went through formal, values-based recruitment Fall of my freshmen year, almost two years ago, and I can honestly say it's been one of the best decision I've ever made. Going through recruitment as a freshman was a great way to meet so many amazing young women, and learn about each sorority on my campus.

This will be my first year being on the other side of the recruitment process, since I missed recruitment last year while I was studying abroad, and I am so excited to share my love for my sorority, Kappa Delta, with each potential new member I'm lucky enough to meet.

In the spirit of going Greek, I decided to reach out to eleven of my friends in different sororities, at different schools and of different ages to hear about their sorority experiences and why they decided to go through recruitment in the first place. They're all very different, and some were even pretty hesitant about sorority life but decided to trust the process and found their home.

Their answers brought a smile to my face with each new response so I thought I'd share them, keep reading to see what they said!

1. The experiences I've gained through my sorority really set me apart

I went through recruitment to join a community and make my large state school feel a bit smaller. I wanted to be involved on campus and have opportunities for leadership roles, and this seemed like the best way to do that.

When I asked if she is still happy with her decision she made to go through recruitment almost five years ago, she said,

SO HAPPY. I loved my chapter and all the opportunities that came from it. I was able to be on the executive board and actually landed an incredible job right out of college because of it! My interviewer was president of her sorority and we really bonded over the experience. After I was hired, she later told me that my experiences really set me apart!

-Marta M, a proud alumna of Delta Gamma, Beta Omega at Washing State University

PC '13

2. My sisters have pushed me to be something more

I wanted to go through my first year in college but I also didn't want to have to worry about too many commitments and the time management the comes along with joining. So I decided to wait until my Sophmore year, at this point I knew what I needed to do to keep up with school so that made me less nervous. Secondly, I really wanted to find a good group of girls I could count on and make those really strong friendships with. I also love giving back to the community, each organization has their own philanthropy and I thought ours was a great one! (Along with all the others)

She then said,

I am super happy with my decision! Being in my organization I have met my new roommate and my best friend. I also have been able to get more involved in campus activities. The best part is they have pushed me to be something more, I have been exposed to many things that I would have probably never done and it has given me many opportunities that can help me in the future.

- Katy J, a proud member of Chi Omega, Pi Mu at Florida Gulf Coast University

PC '17

3. We're changing the world

I went to a school in another state and had no friends my first day on campus. I was in honors college and I was already making friends in there, but I wanted to broaden my horizons and be apart of an organization that cares so much about each other and the community around it. I was the first member of my family in Greek life so it was something I was going into kinda blind and I was not completely sure I would fit in, but I wanted to try.
I am still very happy with my decision. I have made lifelong friends that support me when I need it and help me celebrate life. Greek life has also helped me make connections not just within my chapter. I have made friends with girls in other organizations on campus and I have made connections outside of my university through Sigma Kappa that have helped guide me in my professional career. I have been able to serve my community through my sorority and it has helped me make a change in the world with the money we have raised for Alzheimer's. Greek life is what you make it and I chose to make it a wonderful experience filled with service and friendships.

- Katherine M, a proud member of Sigma Kappa, Theta Alpha at Application State University

PC '15

4. I fell in love with not only my chapter, but the Panhellenic community

I went through recruitment to make lifelong friendships and to get involved on campus as soon as possible! I'm so happy with my decision! I not only fell in love with my chapter but with the Panhellenic community. I have grown as a leader inside and outside of my chapter. I have found the friendships I was looking for and have grown a passion for St.Jude!

- Sammi L, a proud member of Tri Delta, Epsilon Alpha at Florida Gulf Coast University

PC '16

5. I have so many opportunities to serve my community

I decided to go through recruitment because all of my roommates were in sororities and I felt like I was missing out! I wanted a chance to meet new people and be involved in something more social.

When asked if she is happy with her decision she said,

I am totally happy with my decision! I've met so many great people in my sorority (and others!) and wouldn't change anything. I've been much more involved on campus and have had so many opportunities to serve my community.

- Emma H, a proud member of Alpha Gamma Delta, Zeta Pi at Saint Joseph's University,

PC Spring '18

6. I found a place I can call home

I kinda decided to go through recruitment on a whim. I signed up my freshman year and never went through with it because I thought I only wanted to do it because that's what girls did. I spent the year thinking about it and decided that there's never any harm in trying and I have nothing to lose from at least a putting myself out there.

When asked if she is happy with her decision she said,

I am extremely happy that I went through with recruitment. I found a place that I can call home (as cheesy as that sounds), and that the girls wanted me to be apart of their chapter. Sometimes it's really easy to feel like a face in a crowd and going through with this process made me feel seen and appreciated for who I am as a person and what I'm able to contribute to such an amazing organization.

- Sydney H, a proud member of Alpha Chi Omega, Gamma Theta at the University of Maryland

PC Spring '18

7. I've found some of my best friends

Going to a large university I wanted to find a group of girls that shared common interests and could help make the school feel more like home.

She then said,

I could not be happier with my decision and can say I've found some of my best friends, as well as a way to stay connected in my community.

- Diana W, a proud member of Kappa Delta, Beta Pi at the University of Florida

PC '17

8. I've grown so much in just the past two years since joining

I was never interested in Greek life until I realized the opportunity for philanthropy and growth!
I couldn't be happier with my decision! I have grown so much in the last two years. I couldn't have imagined myself where I am at this point.

- Lexy O, a proud member of Alpha Chi Omega, Kappa Chi at Florida Gulf Coast University

PC '16

9. I love our Philanthropy

I went through recruitment because growing up I always knew I wanted to join a sisterhood. I went to an all-girls high school so I thought joining a sorority would be my home away from home since I was so used to always being with a group of girls.

When asked if she was happier about her decision to go through recruitment she said,

I am beyond happy with my decision, not only do I love our philanthropy of breast cancer education and awareness, but I truly have met my best friends through my sorority.

- Jackie J, a proud member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Kappa Tau at Florida Gulf Coast University

PC '16

10. You'll never regret trying

I decided to go through recruitment because I was always struggling with finding MY girl gang. A group of women, including myself, with similar values and a desire to embrace their individuality and confidence. I wanted to find this through recruitment. I knew a values-based recruitment would give me exactly that and that is why I gave it a chance.

When asked if she is happy with her decision she said,

I have never been so proud to stand true to my letters and do it alongside my sisters. I am so happy but I can see our chapter do so much more and I see that every day. So, with progress, my happiness has flourished unconditionally from my time as a new member to now. I have never regretted my decision and I will never regret my decision. My chapter really is forever.

She also added some advice to women considering if they should go through recruitment,

You'll never regret trying. Giving it a chance will help you understand what our community has to offer. If it's not for you that is okay but if it is you will gain something that will mold you into a sorority woman that you never dreamed you would be.

- Kendall R, a proud member of Phi Mu, Theta Nu at Florida Gulf Coast University

PC '15

11. I wouldn't have had the college experience I had without these girls

The next sorority woman I talked to told me a little more about her story.

She said that we waited until her sophomore year to go through recruitment, partly because she "chickened out" her freshmen year, but mostly because she was worried srat life wasn't for her and that she wouldn't fit in. She also explained to me that she wanted to expand her horizons, have many different friends in different clubs and organizations she eventually joined.

When sophomore year came around she decided to go through recruitment and she said all of the growth she went through freshman year lead her to the sorority that she was meant to be in. She ran home to the girl who would turn out to be her G Big, and best friend.

I decided to go through recruitment because back home I had a strong group of girls that always had my back. In college, I made some wonderful friends freshman year but I missed having a core group of girls, instead of a just few best friends. I have always been a girl's girl and love hanging out and learning from each other. My sister is my best friend and I wanted to have and make more sisters in college that could help me get through the next couple of years.
Yes, I am happy with my decisions. It hasn't always been easy and I haven't always been happiest sitting in chapter every Sunday when I have homework to finish, had a rough day or just need a nap. However, I think that you get what you put into sorority life. I wasn't on council or super involved in recruitment, but I put my everything in with the friendships with sisters I had in my chapter. My best friend is a girl that I met on a random breakfast date during temp big week. She kept me together during the hardest couple of months of my life during senior year. She's always there for me and she knows I'll always be there for her. My little and I always have each other's backs. We make each other laugh all the time, sometimes we disagree, but we always give wah other the best advice. She's such a joy in my life and we wouldn't have met if I wasn't in Kappa Delta. My family, including my G and G little, always make my day brighter. I can honestly say I wouldn't have had the college experience I had without these girls.

- Olivia D, a proud member of Kappa Delta, Eta Tau at Florida Gulf Coast University

PC '15

If you're someone who's on the fence about going through recruitment, just remember that it never hurts to try something new, no matter who you are or what year you're in, there's a home for everyone, and you will be loved.

Great women go Greek, sign up for Panhellenic recruitment today!

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