College Without The Letters
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College Without The Letters

Greek life is life, but do the Greek letters fit into your life?

College Without The Letters
Sorority Ever After

As a college freshman and an 18-year-old girl, there is always one question everyone has for you: Are you in a sorority? And if your answer is no, most people become confused or concerned about your mental health. There are those few that seem relieved and proud that you decided against the biggest organization on many college campuses, Greek life.

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against sororities and fraternities. As I was nearing the end of my high school career and moving on, i considered rushing. The question that always followed "where are you going to college?" was always "are you going to rush?" And every time anyone asked me that second question, I never gave a definite answer. In my mind I wanted to rush because I wanted friends and I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be busy and have a family away from home. I went to the sorority meeting at orientation in July and still wanted to rush that first week in August. I never really told myself not to rush. I just missed the deadline to sign up.

Two months into college and I still wonder what life would be like if I did rush and got into a sorority and got sisters. Would I be this homesick? Would I be this bored? Would I have more than five friends? I ask myself all the time, but I don't regret my choice not to rush. It's probably best I didn't, considering the social anxiety, which is a whole different topic.

College life without Greek life is definitely a lot different. I respect everything that this organization stands for. I’m giving a huge shout-out to the college students who are taking 15 hours of classes, showing up to the library every week, going to mandatory events, and still managing to get at least a few hours of sleep. I can barely handle five classes, the occasional trip off campus to get groceries, and finding time to eat between Netflix episodes on seven hours of sleep. So you're basically a superhero.

I might be one of few that isn't in a sorority and that is OK. There's nothing wrong with being an "unusual" college student. It's actually kind of funny to see the look on people's faces when you tell them you're not in a sorority. It is OK to stand out and not fit in with over half of the student population. If you’re caught in the middle of whether you should rush or not, wait until spring rush or until the next fall rush. That way you have time to meet new people and really decide if it is a good fit for you. I’m sure you’ll meet a few sorority girls or fraternity guys around campus that would love to give you more information.

Always remember to make the most of college and remember that these are the best four years of your life. In the words of Hannah Montana, “Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock.”

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