If You Give A Girl A Little

If You Give A Girl A Little

Here's to you, here's to me, Big and Little we'll always be.

If you give a girl a little...

1.) She'll probably cry tears of joy when she finds out.

She finally has someone to call "little" who will call her "big". She finally has someone to bring into the family, she's contributed more to its growth. If you give a girl a little, she'll feel loved beyond belief because she picked her little and her little picked her.

2.) She'll go to the ends of the Earth to spoil her new little.

Crafts will cover the little's walls. It will be Christmas on Reveal Night with the little getting a million gifts because she is the most perfect little anyone could ask for.

3.) She will suddenly become the master of deceit.

A big is always full of surprises. "Sorry girl, I didn't get to take a little this year, but your big loves you!" (Because she's me.)

4.) She will be the happiest person ever on Reveal Night.

The first hug after you've officially become Big and Little is something truly special.

5.) She will take some things a lot more seriously.

A little looks up to her big, and a big is a mentor, a guide, and a best friend. If the big doesn't take certain parts of life seriously, then what kind of role model is she being?

6.) ...but other things she will not.

A little can teach her big to let loose every once in a while, to have fun to prevent life from becoming a bit too much.

7.) Any occasion that can have a present? You can bet that little will get a present (or two).

Christmas is made so much better when being spoiled by your big!

8.) A little will never feel more loved than when she's always getting SnapChats and texts from her big throughout the day.

From "Hi Little!" to just talking about walking to and from classes, it's nice to always have that communication.

9.) She will do anything to make her little feel better about anything.

"I'm always here for you little, I promise."

10.) She will be the happiest girl in the world.

Big and Little we'll always be.

Cover Image Credit: Mollie Madigan

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9 Things Every Girl Should Know Before Joining A Sorority

Debunking ignorant myths about greek life.

Growing up in Texas caused me to have a negative view of sorority girls since birth. I thought only tall, tan, and pretty blonde girls that love parties and frat boys joined sororities. Legally Blonde did me so wrong. In reality, it is far from greek life in movies. It wasn't until I actually joined a sorority that I learned what they are really about. Being a part of a sorority is nothing like you see in the movies, and I'm here to prove it to you. Here are some common misconceptions about sororities, debunked.

1. You're just paying to have friends

This is the most common, most annoying phrase I had to deal with while rushing. Yes, paying to be in a sorority means you suddenly have hundreds of other girls around you that value similar things, making you more likely to become friends with them.

However, our national dues pay for the upkeep of the house, the support of the national sorority, the cost of events, and our philanthropies. You could use this same kind of thought process to argue that people only pay to go to college to make friends. Paying to put yourself into situations where you're likely to meet people does not mean you're buying their friendship.

2. All sorority girls do is party

This statement really couldn't be more wrong. Sure, some sorority girls party a lot, but most don't. I'm pretty sure the non-greek girls living in the room next to me, blasting old Justin Bieber songs at 11:00 p.m. on a Monday night, party way more than I do.

3. We only support our philanthropies because we have to

I'm confident in speaking for all of the sororities on my campus when I say that we all genuinely care about our and other chapter's philanthropies. My chapter's devotion and emotional connection to our philanthropy was actually the deciding factor for me on our last night of rush. It's still amazing for me to see how passionate all of my sorority sisters are about our causes.

4. We only date fraternity men

I have a little spoiler for all of you: in my experience, frat men don't date. I'm not trying to hate on all you brothers out there because I'm sure some of you are decent human beings, but frat guys fear commitment.

5. You won't have any non-greek friends

This one is only true if you make it true. If you tend to only hang out with your greek community, then it's a no-brainer that you will only have greek friends. Personally, I have several friends that aren't greek; it just depends on whether or not you put yourself out there.

6. Sorority girls are superficial and girly

Disclaimer: I adore Legally Blonde, and aspire to be Elle Woods. That being said, Legally Blonde gave all of us sorority girls a bad reputation. Some girls are going to be superficial. It happens, but I've never made friends with a girl in my sorority by ogling over tanning, bikinis, and the latest hair trends. The girls in my sorority are some of the most genuine human beings I've ever met. They inspire me to be a better sister, student, and even a better person. There's nothing superficial about that.

7. Sorority girls judge non-sorority girls

Let me keep this one simple: no one cares. Most people drop their egos when they get to college. They realize that everyone is here for the same reason: to get a degree. We all just go about it differently.

8. If you join a sorority you will be hazed

I actually had the opposite experience while rushing. This used to be true, but times are changing. People have realized that hazing is backward and pointless -- so most campuses just stopped doing it.

9. We're only in college to meet our trophy husbands

This is the most anti-feminist bs I've ever heard in my life. Sororities actually have GPA requirements to stay in the chapter. The average GPA of a sorority woman is generally higher than that of a non-greek woman.

We also have various programmes to help members that aren't in good academic standing. My sorority likes to constantly remind us that we are students first and sorority always comes second. Sorority girls don't have time for anything else.

Cover Image Credit: Instagram | @sorority_girls

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9 Reasons Living In A Sorority House Is The Best (And Worst)

It's definitely not like you see in the movies.

Growing up with a mother who was never in a sorority and a therapist who told me it was “probably not in my best interest” to join one, the fact I’m now living in the UCLA Kappa Kappa Gamma house is something I had not foreseen. Whether you love it or not, “living in” definitely has its pros and cons.

So, here’s a list of nine reasons sorority girls relate to, for hopeful srat stars to get excited over, and for unaffiliated people to get a glimpse of #sratlyfe:

1. The obvious one, you get to live with all your sisters and a lot of your closest friends

I don’t want to be cliché and say “you get to live with ALL your best friends,” because that would just be a fat lie. You are not going to be BEST friends with sixty girls. You may barely know some, and that is completely okay. It’s true that they’re all your sisters, which is something in and of itself. It’s also true that you do get to live under a roof with some, maybe even most, of your best friends, without the hassle of finding an apartment, paying utility bills, etc, etc…

2. You kind of feel like you’re supposed to be best friends with everyone living in, which, as I said, is an improbable thought

I hate to be a Debbie-downer, but contrary to the movies, you won’t be best friends with all two hundred of your sisters. Odds are, you might not even like all of them—which is FINE. Having beef with even one of your sisters can make you feel like you failed as a sorority girl, but that’s life, and you have to learn to live with it. Everything in a sorority house is heard—who’s doing what, who’s going where, who wasn’t invited to what, and, to be entirely honest, it sucks sometimes. Being let down is inevitable, feeling left out is too; feelings will undoubtedly be hurt, and living in makes it a little more present.

3. Having chefs is life-changing; I’ve forgotten what a stove even looks like

Not really, but it truly is so nice to have a chef cook two meals a day for you. You will forget what it’s like to feed yourself. Not to mention, all you have to do is walk a couple feet to your kitchen and voila! There’s your next meal—freshly cooked each day.

4. Once the weekend hits, you no longer get two meals a day and you’re left to fend for yourself

Once the chefs leave, the kitchen is locked. This means the only appliance available to cook is the microwave. Trying to make a decent meal becomes pretty difficult.

5. Living in a mansion near Beverly Hills? Sign me up

Okay, maybe this one is specific to UCLA, but the sorority houses on Hilgard are BEAUTIFUL. Our house has a courtyard where you can bask in the year-round LA sun, blue tiling, bathrooms fit for princesses, and, best of all, an adorable house dog named Mr. Troubles and wonderful house mom, Carolyn.

6. My closet is your closet

If you love wearing other people’s clothes and/or are totally cool with people constantly asking to borrow stuff or rummaging through your closet, then this one doesn’t seem so bad. But if you’re like me, someone who loves her clothes, enjoys keeping them in pristine condition, AND has a really hard time saying no, this one’s a nightmare.

I love to share and have delegated a large chunk of my closet to loan out, but it’s a little harder to draw the line of what is loanable and what isn’t when living in a sorority. It’s no biggie when someone comes out wearing your cheap bodysuit to go on a date, but when your friend comes out wearing your brand-new boots to go to a frat party, it’s a whole different story.

7. You become closer to your PC and the other girls who live in

In case you’re wondering, PC stands for pledge class. This is the group of other lovely people who went through rush with you and were initiated into your respective house at the same time. Generally, your PC all moves into the house the same year (which year varies from school to school, sorority to sorority), and undoubtedly you become closer since you’re all living down the hall from each other and sleeping in the bunk above one another.

8. What’s personal space?

You live in a house with dozens of other girls (in my case around 60)–that’s a lot of people regardless of how big your house is, and girls are incredibly social creatures, especially sorority girls. Someone will always be knocking on your door, there will never be an empty public area. At times, it’s exhausting. Knowing you can never find a place to be completely alone in your own home can be mentally taxing.

9. You never have to be alone

On the bright side, since you don’t get much personal space, you never have to be alone. There are always other girls in the house. If you need someone to talk with, eat with, go out with, or watch Netflix with, there will always be at least one, if not ten, girls who are up for the challenge.

Cover Image Credit: Isabelle Roshko

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