Don't Turn Your Nose Up At Greek Life

Don't Turn Your Nose Up At Greek Life

It may not be what you expect


I'm not blind to the stereotypes that exist surrounding Greek organizations. I can't speak to fraternities, as I'm not in one, but I can speak to what I've found in my previous year or so as a member of a social Greek organization.

Like many others, my greatest exposure to Greek life was what I saw in movies and tv shows. Admittedly, those sources aren't exactly known for painting the best picture. That's why I want to write this article today. I'm not blind to the shortcomings of Greek life, but I also don't think it's the bane of college existence like many people may feel.

I was not a legacy. My family didn't go the Greek route when they went to college, so I didn't always think I'd join a sorority. In fact, I assumed for the longest time that I wouldn't go through the rush process because it just didn't seem like my cup of tea. Fall semester of freshman year, many of my friends went back to school early in order to rush. I was lucky enough to be attending a school where rush occurs in the spring, so I had the advantage of having gone through an entire semester before finalizing my choice to rush.

It's an exhausting process. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Having been through it on both sides, I can assure you that it isn't super different on the internal side. There's still stress and long hours, and, trust me, we empathize with your exhaustion because we remember being in your shoes.

There's a lot of hate towards sororities for being fake because how could you possibly get to know people in the few minutes you talk to them in rush? It is difficult, and we do our best to be open minded because we know it isn't ideal, but we can't go through and interview every girl that wants to rush. We genuinely want to get to know you as best we can and give you a glimpse into our lives as sisters.

Sororities offer opportunities for leadership positions, local and international philanthropy, and social bonding. Other groups on campuses offer these same opportunities, but people are often quick to overlook these existences when looking at Greek Organizations. From Meals on Wheels to St. Jude, sororities have a philanthropic presence throughout the entire United States in a wide array of charitable facets.

Sororities are obviously a social group, but it's so much more than just "paying for friends" as many seem to think. Over your three or four years, you meet a group of intelligent, loving, hard working women who have the same values and goals as you. You aren't going to be best friends with everyone, but you do find confidantes, friends, and sisters you may not have ever met otherwise. We care for one another, pick each other up when we are down, and cheer when we thrive both individually or as a group.

I know I don't speak for everyone when I write this, and I know this is a very narrow view that seems like every other article about Greek life. I've simply seen a lot of negativity towards Greek life and thought I'd toss in my two cents. But, the fact of the matter is, I've gotten so much over the past year that I couldn't have ever imagined. I have a wonderful g-big, big, and littles who I can talk to about anything, I'm on Executive Council, which has given me a leadership opportunity unlike any others, and I've gained a support system that has helped me through a lot, especially this past semester. The more I put in, the more I've gotten out of it. Although there are times when I wonder what would have happened if I'd never rushed, I can't help but this that I wouldn't have grown as much as I have without these women's help.

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7 Reasons You Should Order A Vodka/Water/Lime When You're Out

There’s a reason the Vodka/Water/Lime is the number one drink at The Strip every weekend.

We’ve all been through it. Whether it was sometime in high school, out freshman year of college or the day we turned 21, at some point you have or will tried to order a drink while you’re out on the town. I’m here to end all the experimentation, and give you a go-to drink that is sweeping across college campuses everywhere, the Vodka-Water-Lime, and the reasons why, are clear to see.

1. It will keep you hydrated

It may seem trivial but hydration is key if you’re planning on drinking any amount any time, or so I have been told. But let’s face it, biology grants us the ability to chug concoctions called 4-Lokos with ease while drinking the recommended amount of water per day almost impossible. The drink that solves both issues—Vodka-Water-Lime.

2. It doesn't taste that bad

I’ll admit I was a little skeptical at first, but this drink isn’t that bad to swallow, especially when you think about some of the other things you could be drinking. There’s a reason why the only way people can drink tequila is in shot from or in a lime slushy. As the old saying goes: if you drink enough everything just tastes like water, and this one already has water in it!

3. It gets you drunk

That’s right. It does the job. Isn’t that really all we want in a drink anyway, everything else is just trivial.

4. It establishes immediate common-ground

What is that girl next to you at the bar about to order? You guessed it. Now imagine that you are about to order the same thing, she is practically begging to dance on you at this point, it’s that easy.

5. Easy, Quick, Universal

There are just three simple ingredients, and the amounts of which are subject to your personal preference and tolerance levels. It doesn’t require the aid of Chet the self-proclaimed mixologist to make—it’s so easy a baby could do it! And it’s known virtually everywhere, if you’re ever in a place that doesn’t have either vodka, water, or limes, you’re probably there against your will anyway.

6. Health Benefits

Since most people don’t drink liquor straight, the use of a chaser or mixer is required, but we all know the problems that causes. Sugar and alcohol don’t mix well, not to mention the calories in soda. Vodka-Water-Lime has not calories and no sugar added. On top of that, the presence of water and lack of soda is almost a guarantee that you won’t be hungover the next day.

7. It's shameless

With all of the numerous benefits, it’s impossible to give someone a hard time for ordering this, yet it happens. Becky’s friends may tell her that she looks great and shouldn’t be concerned about her calories. WELL MAYBE BECKY JUST LIKES THE TASTE. Still, Bradley may get bold and order one out with the boys, but since there’s nothing to crack open, he may be the butt of their jokes, but Bradley knows that he made the right choice.

NOTE: limes can be substituted for other in-season citrus fruits.

There’s a reason the Vodka-Water-Lime is the number one drink at The Strip every week. The facts are there; it’s not fake news. Vodka-Water-Lime should be your new drink. It’s not just something you adopt in college or for a few nights out, it’s a lifestyle. The Vodka-Water-Lime is classy and sophisticated, it is a drink that you can order somewhere fancy like a restaurant or a Carnival cruise ship, or even on your wedding night.

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I'm A Sorority Girl And A ROTC Member, It's The Best Of Both Worlds

Instead of only being in ROTC or only being involved in Greek life, why not be part of both?


I feel like I live a double life. Some weekends I spend going to date parties and sports games. Other weekends, I am stuck in a field doing land navigation and eating MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). A friend once described this lifestyle as having "multiple hats." She explained it as you have a hat for each different part of your life. For example, my main difference is my ROTC and sorority hat.

ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. In the short term, this means that I am training to be an Officer in the United States Army. When I graduate college, I will then start my career in the Army. The way I present my "ROTC hat" now is going to determine my career later on. My hat shows me I have to be motivated and strict. My obligations include dedicating my mornings, class time, and extra volunteer hours to ROTC. Being up at 5 a.m. three days a week and taking 21 credit hours my second semester of college is a perfect example of why I have to stay motivated and strict on my self.

Being in a sorority, however, is the perfect breath of fresh air that helps me stay sane. It is a support system and friendship. My sorority helps me realize that college is supposed to be a fun life experience, not just a step in life. My "sorority hat" is carefree and fun. Although I am very busy with my other obligations, my sorority makes it easy to stay involved with date parties and philanthropy events.

In my position, I have been very overwhelmed trying to be successful with every hat I put on. Coming into college, I was very skeptical about sorority recruitment because I was worried about not being able to juggle it all. I am here now finishing up my freshman year of college, so thankful I pushed myself to be completely submerged in involvement. Being as involved as I am has helped me gain best friends as well as great memories.

I have been pushed to the limit these past two semesters, but it shows me what I am capable of. Finishing my freshman year, I am more confident in myself and what I want in life. Having these obligations has helped me develop time management skills. With the help of my two hats, I stay level headed and they have helped me realize that I can be who I want to be. Just because I am in ROTC does not mean I have to fit in a cookie cutter shape of being a cadet, just like being in a sorority does not mean I am a reflection of the stereotype of sorority girls. Just in my first year of college, I have already learned so much from both of these organizations and they have helped me develop into who I am today.

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