All College Freshman Should At Least Consider Sorority Recruitment: Here's Why

All College Freshman Should At Least Consider Sorority Recruitment: Here's Why

Adding a sorority onto new responsibilities and college classes seems like a daunting choice. But it isn't.
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Just like most college freshman during the first week of classes, I was riddled with anxieties. Part of me was ready for the new adventures college would bring; I was ready to start my classes, explore campus more, and take full advantage of all of the amazing things West Chester had to offer, yet I was still filled with worries. Would the adjustment be easy? Would I like all of my classes? Could I get used to living in a dorm room and could I handle the vast amount of independence that was coming my way?

Granted, my twin sister and I were living in the dorms together, so it made the homesickness easier to manage. I had someone I could easily talk to about how I was feeling and more often than not, she felt the same way. However, the adjustment still wasn’t easy. I found myself questioning whether or not I would be able to last the entire semester without driving back home every weekend. I was even fully prepared to head home the first weekend after classes started.

Except I couldn’t go home for the weekend as I had already registered for sorority recruitment.

Before participating in fall recruitment at West Chester University, potential new members were asked to register online over the summer. My twin sister and I quickly registered at the end of July, immediately falling in love with the idea of being in a sorority. After the first week of classes started, however, I wasn’t exactly so sure how I felt about rushing anymore. I was so close to just simply putting recruitment aside, giving myself another year to get used to the college lifestyle before I decided to go through recruitment.

Yet after a lot of thought and consideration, my twin sister and I decided to go through it and I am so thankful that we did.

Going through the recruitment process at West Chester truly opened my eyes to the amazing aspects the Greek life community has to offer. Not only did I meet incredible women from room to room, but I bonded with other potential new members that were in the lines with me that I still continue to keep in contact with today. I learned about the various opportunities sororities had to offer—their dedication to their philanthropies, the incredible strength of a sisterhood, and the leadership positions you could pursue through the organization.

Most importantly, I found my home away from home in my sorority. I met the incredible women who made me fall even more in love with my sorority than I already was, the women who encouraged me to put myself out there and pursue leadership positions my first year as a new member. I even met my amazing Big during the last round of recruitment, and if I hadn’t gone through recruitment as a freshman, would I have even met her at all?

Overall, I feel at home at West Chester—all because I made the decision to go through sorority recruitment.

I know going through recruitment seems scary at first, especially as a freshman. It takes so much to put yourself out there when you just started your college career. In fact, so many women were surprised when I said I was a freshman and going through recruitment. You’re facing new responsibilities with new classes and a large workload, so adding a sorority on top of that seems like quite a daunting choice. But it isn't.

All of the women in your sorority will want you to succeed. You’ll have a huge support system to turn to and a vast amount of sisters that will help you adjust to college. You’ll have a new group of sisters to vent to, sisters in your major that can help you get through the struggles of certain classes, and sisters to have study dates in the library with.

If I never went through sorority recruitment as a freshman, I couldn’t possibly imagine where I would be now. And I don’t even want to imagine where I would be without it.
Cover Image Credit: West Chester University Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

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1. "Ooooooo, he needs some milk."

2. "Hi, welcome to Chili's."

3. "It is Wednesday, my dudes."

4. "Country boy, I love you ahhhwweelhwh..."

5. "Escalera oooooooaaaa!"

6. "F**k ya chicken strips!"

7. "Barbecue sauce on my titties."

8. "Gimme your F**KING money!"

9. "That was legitness."

10. "Ms. Keisha, MS. KEISHA! Oh my f**king God, she f**king dead."

11. "Fre-sha-vocado."

12. "Staaaahp! I coulda dropped my croissant!"

13. "That's my OPINION."

14. "You're not my dad, ugly ass f**king noodle head."

15. "What the f**k, Richard."

16. "This bitch empty, YEET!"

17. "Road work ahead? Yeah, I sure hope it does."

18. "What up, I'm Jared I'm 19, and I never f**king learned how to read."

19. "Um, I'm never been to oovoo javer."

20. "My God, they were roommates."

21. "Why are you running, why are you running?"

22. "Whoever threw that paper, your mom's a hoe."

23. "I can't swim."

24. "Lebron James."

25. "It's an avocado, thanksssss..."

26. "Mother trucker dude, that hurt like a butt cheek on a stick."

27. "Watch your profanity."

28. "I love you bitch, I ain't never gonna stop loving you, biiiiiitch."

29. "What are thoooooose?"

30. "I smell like beef."

31. "You better stop."

32. "What the F**K IS UP KYLE?"

33. "Come get y'all juice."

34. "Two bros, chilling in a hot tub, 5 feet apart cause they're not gay."

35. "So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift?"

36. "I wanna be a cowboy, baby."

37. "Why you always lying?"

38. "Nice Ron" "I sneezed, oh, what, am I not allowed to sneeze?"

39. "I'm washing me and my clothes."

40. "Honey, you've got a big storm coming."

41. "XOXO, gossip girl."

42. "Shoutout to all the pear."

43. "A potato flew around my room before you came."

44. "Chipotle is my life."

45. "Look at all those chickens!"

46. "YOU BETTER STOP."

47. "I like turtles."

48. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life, watermelon, INSIDE A WATERMELON."

49. "Deez nuts, HA GOT EM?"

50. "F**k you, I don't want no ravioli."

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68. "Hey my name is Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow."

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71. "Ah f**k, I can't believe you've done this."

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No Matter How Much You Flaunt Your Letters, Greek Life Does Not Define You

Do what makes you happy, not what everyone else is doing.

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As a student at a university with a major sorority and fraternity presence, I know that those unaffiliated, like myself, can't help but wonder if there's something that we're missing out on. Seeing everyone walk around flaunting their letters can make a non-member feel a little left out. I have been told straight to my face "you're going to regret it if you don't rush." But, in all honesty, I don't.

Now, don't get me wrong, being a part of a sorority or a fraternity sounds incredibly fun. With formals to hold, fundraising events to be a part of, "sister photo shoots" to have, and socials to go to, there never seems to be a dull moment for a Greek life member. Not to mention, those affiliated say they have made their absolute best friends through their sororities or fraternities. My friends that are a part of Greek life are always gloating about it, and I can see why. I joined my past roommate at one of her sorority formals and I genuinely had a ball being able to dress up and pretend it was prom again.

However, as wonderful as all of this is, you don't need to be a part of Greek life in order to have THE college experience. Having letters on your shirts does not mean you are any better or any worse of a student than those without them. The letters do not define you.

As an unaffiliated college student, I have still been able to find my group of "forever friends," join clubs, spend nights out, and get an education (since that is, after all, what we're all here for). As cool as it is to be able to stick Greek letters on the back of your laptop, for me, it just leaves more room for stickers of Harry Styles.

Thankfully, college is a lot different than high school — there aren't really any cliques or status rankings. So, if you aren't a part of Greek life, that does not automatically put you at the bottom of the social ladder. At the end of the day, your affiliation does not matter at all. Instead of using a sorority or fraternity as a resumé booster, unaffiliated students can fill those blanks with other work, internship, volunteer, or extracurricular opportunities.

Sure, being a Greek life member may allow you to network and get connections for future careers, but it isn't the only way to do

so. Employers will not pick those in a fraternity over those who are not. They simply look for well-rounded individuals who are involved in something.

So, whether or not you're a part of a sorority or fraternity, I applaud you for making your own decisions and hopefully taking the college route that you wanted to. It does not matter what you are affiliated with, as long as it makes you happy. Otherwise, you aren't missing out on anything special.

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