I have said it once, and I'll probably end up saying it a thousand more times before I'm through: Being in a sorority is not the stereotypical experience that movies paint it out to be.
There are a lot more important roots planted into a sorority than people actually realize. No matter what your stance is on Greek life, here's what I have learned from being in a sorority.
I am lucky enough to be a part of an open-minded and accepting sorority that encourages everyone, not just college girls, to embrace who they are as individuals. This accepting attitude is the primary reason I chose to join in the first place. As it happens, I have learned to be much more mindful of others after being in a sorority.
Being in a sorority has also shown me the honest, genuine goodness that humanity still has. I always see familiar friendly faces wherever I go on campus, and we are all comfortable with each other. My sisters are the kind who are generally laid back and understanding whether it comes to looking at memes or confiding in one another about personal stories that are not exactly the happiest in the world.
Looking back now, I can see that I am a lot more outspoken than I was before. Jokingly, I did not know that was possible. I have always been pretty opinionated, but now I feel a greater sense of capability and freedom when it comes to expressing myself and being who I am.
I have sisters who end up surprising me not only with their kindness but with their understanding of the same struggles I tend to face as a college student and a young woman. I have sisters that I can get lunch with when I don't want to be by myself. That is the main thing though: I don't feel alone in a crowd when I am with my sorority sisters. For all of you girls out there in Greek life, I hope you can say the same.