I'm Thankful For My Second Family, My Sorority

I'm Thankful For My Second Family, My Sorority

Joining a sorority gave me 60+ new sisters in one day
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Once you go away to college you move onto your own life, away from family. For some this is the best thing about college, for others, we miss our family a lot and it’s hard going so long without seeing them. The easy way to fix this problem is to create our own new family.

Sisterhood is a bond like no other

Joining a sorority gave me 60+ new sisters in one day. While it was overwhelming at first, I eventually got to know everyone and now I can’t imagine having so many amazing women in my life. A lot of people think it’s weird how close sorority girls can be, there’s a stereotype that we’re either too close or we all hate each other but I can speak for a lot of people when I say there’s not a single person in my chapter who I hate.

The amount of times I see my sisters can seem like an overload for one week but it’s that way because I choose for it to be that way. Yes, I want to sit and talk to my sisters throughout our entire chapter meeting, yes, I want to spend the rest of my night in the library with them not getting any work done and yes, I want to go on dinner dates with them and spend any minute I can with them.

There’s a sister for everything

When I say there’s always a sister nearby, there’s always a sister nearby. I go to a school of over 22,000 students and I see different faces pass by every day but I always seem to find a sister in the crowd. The best is walking from an exam I know I didn’t do too well on and seeing a smiling sister's face, or when I don’t want to go to the gym or the library and there’s a sister to encourage me to go with them.

The nice thing about studying with sisters is that every one of us has different skills and do better in certain subjects, so If I need a math tutor, I have one right there for me. Or if I don’t know what classes to take or with what professor, I have millions of suggestions from my sisters. And when it comes to finding the perfect outfit, let me tell you do I have options. Most sisters open up their closets for any occasion and I am set.

The big and little process is a full-on family builder

Regardless of how close anyone is with their sisters or not there’s always those certain people who you will call your own family, your big, little and grand big. Getting a big is such an exciting thing when you’re new to the sorority because you’re paired with one person who will help you with anything you need, who you can ask anything about and who will most likely be one of your first and closest friends.

For me, I got lucky because my big was friends with all of my new member friend’s bigs so we created our own family off the bat. Just one year into the sorority and I was able to take a little which is such a cool opportunity to be someone’s mentor in the sorority. She even calls me mom and I call my big mom because everyone needs a mom when their mom’s not around.

Everyone shares the same values like a family

No, not all sorority girls are the same, we just share a lot of the same interests, values and spend a lot of time together. Our interests and values are so much more than girls hanging out with their friends. We all love to support our philanthropy and other charities in the community, it’s a great way to get others involved and to give back to our community.

We also participate in events on campus and with other organizations to share our interest with Greek life and our community in general. It’s important to remember no matter how different the girls are in our organization, we all share so much together and are proud that our sorority brought us to be a family.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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