Your Top-Tier Sorority Won't Matter When You Graduate

Sisters, Your Top-Tier Sorority Won't Matter When You Graduate

You may be "cool" now, but in 10 years no one will care


From one sorority girl to another, can you top-tier ladies knock it off? Congrats! You're in Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie! You get to party with all the cute boys, and wear the cutest clothes, and have the prettiest friends.

NEWS FLASH: That may matter now, but it won't matter in 10 years — or even five — and it shouldn't matter now.

When we're all in our 30s, hitting the bars on a Friday night, we're going to talk about how stressed we are at our jobs, or how cute the dog you saw during your lunch break was, not that you were in the best sorority on your college campus. Yes, being in Greek Life is such an amazing opportunity, and being allowed to participate in it is something no member should take for granted.

However, it's not something that you should be talking about years down the road, when popularity and looks really won't matter anymore. Yeah, you were voted "best dressed" and had the cutest boyfriend, but is that going to land you your dream job?

Yes, your sorority can land you some awesome connections. However, you can't just expect opportunities to fall into your lap because you were in a top-tier sorority, that's not how life works. Working hard and being diligent in the choices you make is something I've learned my entire life. I'm not saying certain people don't have to work hard as others, but that's kind of how life works. Some of us get the easy way out, while others climb steep mountains every day to make things work.

I'm tired of seeing how certain girls treat others on campus, simply because they find themselves superior to them, whether it be a look thing, or social rank in terms of people they know, or what club they're in. Why are we still judging each other like we are 16? We're adults in college, we should not be treating each other like we did in high school. I went through sorority Recruitment, and certain houses 100% judged me based on my looks as well as my personality. I felt so uncomfortable when I should have felt welcomed. I don't care if I wasn't going to be a good fit for your sorority, I deserved to be respected.

I'm proud of who I am, and my sorority has given me such great opportunities to become the best version of who I am. Yes, I will brag from time to time how great my sorority was in the future, but by no means should it be a topic of discussion all the time. I have to hope that not everyone developed this sense of entitlement that many of the girls on campus I've seen have. Let's stop categorizing based on looks and all support each other truly as we are supposed to.

Have fun thinking you matter more than me because of your sorority. My future matters more to me than the parties I went to, or the cool factor I have on campus. My school work and friends come first, and I'll always look back on the things I've learned happily. You're top-tier now, but you'll find soon that it simply won't matter anymore when you graduate. You'll have to learn to define yourself, and not be defined by a sorority.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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