The ABCs Of Sorority Life

The ABCs Of Sorority Life

Bleed glitter, squealing voices, and unforgettable memories is what it's all about.
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In a sorority there are many things that belong to us and that only we understand. Most people say we bleed glitter and can only talk in loud squealing voices. While this may be true all walks of sorority life will get the ABC's of sorority life. I being in the Delta Zeta sorority know that all of these are true.

1. Academics

While most people think we only care about our looks and partying this is not true. Within a sorority you a required to maintain a certain GPA. We also have required study hours to make sure we are keeping our academics first.

2. Big Sister

In a sorority, there are the big sisters. These are the ones we connect the most with. Before you find out who your big is you usually go through a week of stress and chaos; filled with goodies from this mystery person. At the end of the week, you find your big that you love the most and will spend most all your time with.

3. Chapter

Once a week we all dress up in dresses to attend chapter. Here official business is taken care of and we all see how each other's week was.

4. Date Nights

These are some of the best nights when you basically get to recreate prom but maybe not as dressy. They are nights we get to be surrounded by our friends and take adorably cute pictures.

5. Everlasting

Within our creed, we say that we have a love that is ever steadfast. The sisterhood that we join no matter the sorority is something that lasts for a lifetime.

6. Friend turned family

These girls whether you are in the sorority for a year or all four years these girls become the family away from home. College is the home away from home and your sorority is your family away from your family.

7. Greek Week

During this week there are sleepless nights and nights full of fun. From competition to just hanging out at the frat house this week will not be one you want to miss. You get to bond with the other organizations on campus and make more friendships.

8. Homecoming

This is another week just like Greek week where we are at the fraternity house for countless hours until Saturday. We love this week and the friendly competition brought out by the decorating of the float. This week's hard work is awarded by the football game that we all love.

9. Initiation

This is one of our most sacred rituals. Very secretive and only the best are allowed into each sorority to experience this.

10. Juul

If you walk on a college campus these are everywhere. Walk in a fraternity house on any given night, not just a Thursday, and you'll see frat boys and srat girls alike with one in hand.

11. Kindness

Another part of our creed says "And may I give graciously of what is mine." This is what kindness is to us as a sisterhood.

12. Little

The little holds the big up. The little is the one person the big can rely on. Sometimes there are two littles which means the big sister took two other sisters. Being a little I know it means always being there no matter what my big needs.

13. Mixers

90's, 80's, jungle, and rave. The list goes on and on. Mixers are nights we get together with a fraternity and hang out. They give us a reason to dress up in outfits that we wouldn't normally wear and give us excuses to meet new people.

14. Never alone

This could not be more true. Whether it is the smallest thing of a boy making us feel bad, or to something huge like a tornado destroying our places of living. No matter what we are always there for each other.

15. Outstanding

We have outstanding members and that's all.

16. Philanthropy

This is what we raise money for. Our philanthropy is the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Philanthropy is what we revolve around and what we stand for.

17. Queens

Along with being outstanding, we are also queens in our own right.

18. Rituals

Rituals are the initiations and pledge ins. We hold these very close to our heart and they are very secretive. Pledge in is where you accept that you are wanting to become an actual sister of our sorority. Initiation is when our pledge ins become official sisters.

19. Sisters

This is what makes the sorority. Without sisters, there is no sisterhood and then there is no sorority.

20. Thursday nights

This is when we let loose and have fun. We go to the fraternity house, Brothers, or Pelham's. We have fun and dance our lives away with our sisters.

21. Unique

Each sister is her own person. Each sorority is their own. That is what makes us unique and makes it possible for us to fit all walks of life.

22. Values

If we don't have values then what do we have to stand for. Each sorority has their own set of values and it helps us connect with girls who have those same values.

23. White dresses

Remember those rituals I talked about. Well, we have a dress code and that dress code is white dresses. Remember the values one of those is that we want to resemble purity and innocence in these moments. The white symbolizes that.

24. eXtra

Yes, we are extra that's why this has to represent X. We have been extra since the moment we stepped into our sorority.

25. Yelling our chants

With recruitment being about four months away we are prepping our voices. We will be yelling these chants at the top of our lungs especially on bid day.

26. Zoo trips

These aren't always guaranteed but when they happen they are the best especially with turtles included.

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1. The "freshman 15."

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2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

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4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

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6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

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5 Things That Happen When It's Greek Week

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The weather is warmer, people are happy, spring rush is over and most of the new members have been initiated into their respective frat or fraternity. Snow pants have been traded for jean shorts, winter coats have been traded for tee shirts and cardigans. Crowded libraries are now emptied out as people move outside to study. There are now kids napping in hammocks instead of the floor of the library. Instead of gloves, hands now hold iced coffee and tea. It's no longer dark at 5 pm and you can walk back from you're night class not in fear. In general, life is good and it keeps getting better.

The greeks like to capitalize n this to have the most fun and successful greek week possible ( I should know, I'm in a sorority). The outdoor games, the friendly competitions, and the smiles make the week much more fun.

1. Letters everywhere. 

Everywhere you you look someone is wearing their letters. Weather it be for point check in or just general pride, the amount of letters worn this week, increases exponentially.

2. Games

Games like corn-hole or flag football make a comeback for some friendly competition between different frats and sororities and are just fun in general, especially with warmer weather.

3. Music being played loud and outside

Now this usually happens when the warmer gets warmer no matter what but greek week just lends it self to large groups of young men and women gathering and playing music.

4. Your friends will ask you to help their sorority/ frat "win" 

"Please place coins in the coin buck for X sorority/frat!!"

"Don't forget to sign up for this and to put our sorority in the description"

With competition comes the need to mobilize all of our friends.

5. Social Media

Suddenly everyone's stories are just picture of their letters/ promoting the sorority. It seems strange but think of it like posing your team's mascot to your social media during a really big game

Greek Week: it's fun, it's loud, it's warm, it's spirited. Even if some of the activities are a little bit confusing, I promise you'll have alo more fun if you participate in the skits, races, corn hole tournaments than if you stand by and judge those who are. It's also a great way to break down stereotypes and get to know your greek community in a fun, non competitive way.

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