To My Bestie, Who Is About To Be A Kick-Butt Sorority President

To My Bestie, Who Is About To Be A Kick-Butt Sorority President

You inspire me every single day.

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Hey, you.

First off, I want to say how much you inspire me. You balance your academics, social life, and personal well being all at once, and you make it look easy. You are incredibly strong, confident in who you are, and level-headed. You are always there for others, even in the midst of the trials of your own life. You are going to do so well leading this group of women next year.


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However, I know some days will be hard. I know there will be times when you will be so overwhelmed you want to throw your hands in the air in surrender. I know there will be times when you will have to go to bat for the chapter over something that you had nothing to do with. I know there will be times when you will have to choose between addressing a matter or simply letting it go. I know there will be times when you have to separate your role as "friend" from your role as president, and I know it's possible that some of those times, it may be me you have to keep in line.


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Here's the thing. I know you. I know how wise you are, and I know you care so deeply for each and every one of us. I know you are going to fight tirelessly to make this organization one we are all proud to be part of. I know you are not going to abuse your role and that every choice you make will be carefully considered. I know you will always make the decision you genuinely believe is best. I know you are going to represent our organization in a way that encompasses each and every value it was founded on.


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Now, my friend, let me make a couple promises to you. I promise to give you a safe, judgment-free space where you can let out all your emotions. I promise to listen when you need a listener, and give advice when you need guidance. I promise that I will let you know if you start to invest too much time into the organization that you forget to care about yourself. I promise to stand by you and support you in those times when you make those tough decisions, even if I disagree with some of them.


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The more I write this, the more I feel like I am making wedding vows. Though it may seem like that, I believe I am making these promises to you as someone who wants to do life with you, who wants to support you, and wants what's best for you. I am making these promises to you as your friend and as your sister.

I am unbelievably proud of you, Lady Superior. Go kick butt this year.


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The bond that my forever friend and I have is something that I do not have with any other person in the world. This is a list of ways you know that you have a forever friend:

You never get tired of being around her

She is probably the only person in your life that hasn't begun to bother you for some reason or another, at some point in time. You could spend hours, or days, with her. Even the smallest things you do together are fun because you are with her.

No subject is off-limits

You tell each other everything, and I mean, everything.

Thinking about seeing each other over break

And of course, when you do see her

Your family is her family, and her family is yours

It's not weird for you to be at her house all the time, show up at strange hours, or just decide to spend the night even though you live three houses away. And of course, her family welcomes you in like you are another one of their daughters.

You two have a bizarre sense of humor that only you understand

Whether it is the nights you spend watching random YouTube videos at 2 a.m. that make you both laugh so hard you cry or the commercials on TV that are only funny to the both of you, only you guys understand the humor in certain situations. You have probably experienced some of the most embarrassing moments together, and if not together, then you got a vivid story of the event.

You have no filter when she is being overdramatic

You pick up where you left off

If you and your forever friend are anything like me and mine, we do not talk every single day. You may only speak once a week, but it will give you the opportunity to catch up and talk like you have talked every single day. There may be quick conversations to see how the other is doing because you know you are saving all of the important stories for when you see each other again. At this point, conversations don't even start with "Hi" anymore, you just jump right to the point and tell her what you need to.

You really don't have a choice when she needs to go to the mall

She would do anything to make you smile

Even when you are feeling down, your forever friend knows just the right thing to do to make you happy again. Whatever the case is, she will be there for you always. She will say, and do, just about anything that will make everything better.

And sometimes she just needs a reminder…

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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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