An Insider's Perspective On Greek Life

An Insider's Perspective On Greek Life

What Greek life really has to offer.
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In our world today, the media tends to scrutinize Greek life at universities. The problem isn’t Greek life itself, rather the activities that come along with being a member of this community. Whether it’s dangerous hazing, drug use, out-of-control parties, underage drinking or even sexual assault; all of these things are thought to be a huge part of being a member of Greek life.

Why is it that Greek life receives such a negative connotation? Well, when good things happen in this community, they are commended internally, but these benefits are almost never publicized to the world outside of Greek life.

Like many, I am a member of a sorority, but I did not join for a social life or for crazy parties. Being a member of this community is much more than excessive drinking, hazing rituals, and other things that often don’t even happen in our tight-knit world.

Being in a sorority has taught me things I could not have learned elsewhere. Here are three major aspects of Greek life that are important to all members of this community.

Philanthropy

Being a member of the Greek community has strengthened the importance of philanthropy in my life. Although I was always engaged in charity work through high school, after joining Greek life, my commitment level was enhanced. Being in this community, you are always encouraged to partake in activates offered by other chapters or other members of Greek life.

This is how I found myself becoming a member of Go Blue Wear Pink: a campus organization that raises funds for breast cancer. Without Greek life, I wouldn’t have found this charity that is so prominent in my life.

Social skills

When going through recruitment, you talk to many people about various topics. Although to the outside eye, this may look like a materialistic process, the conversations I had during rush are ones that enhanced my ability to interact with others. Through rush, I was able to connect with girls about things we shared in common and learn new and interesting things about our culture and my school.

If I wasn’t in a sorority, I would have never been able to learn how to have productive conversations with people who started as complete strangers and end up with some significance to my life.

Friendship

The cliché part that comes with joining a sorority is “making friends that will last a lifetime.” When joining a sorority, I knew this was the expectation behind “sisterhood” but never really imagined the extent to which it would happen to me.

On bid day last year, I met girls who I shared many things in common with. Now, over a year later, I am confident that these girls will be my future bridesmaids, best friends and forever my sisters. Living in the house only increases these feelings.

Being surrounded by 74 girls who care about you and your general well-being is one of the most comforting feelings in the world. I know that because of my sorority, I have a support system that will be there for me at my highest of highs, and lowest of lows. Without my Greek affiliation, I would’ve never been able to meet the people I consider to be my family.


When considering if you should join Greek life, exclude what you’ve heard on the news or from your parents or from anyone who has not been a part of this community. Being a part of this has opened my eyes to new experiences, friends, and memories that I wouldn’t have found elsewhere.

Greek life is more than hazing stories in the news or intoxicated teenagers; it has molded me into the person I am today, and I am forever grateful for my experience in this community.

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Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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5 Reasons Why You Should Go Greek

Go Greek!!!!!

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Never in my entire life would I have ever thought that I would be in a sorority. This past year, I went through fall recruitment and let me tell you something I wouldn't change a thing. Being the first one in my family to ever join a sorority or to go to a college far away from my parents, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I know every girl says this but I love my chapter with all my heart and I'm so glad that I have them in my life!!!! So here are five reasons why you should go Greek!

1. Forever Friends

Aside from being sisters, I have met so many amazing and wonderful women that will literally be my forever friends. Joining a sorority gives you a chance to meet girls that you might've been too shy to talk to in the first place or to meet people outside of your chapter. With that being said, going Greek will bring you out of your comfort zone and allow you to meet people and make friends with so many people!!!

2. Brings You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Like I said before, going Greek will help bring you out of your comfort zone. Your sisters will push you to do your best and motivate you to do things you probably wouldn't have done before. Without the help of my sisters, I probably wouldn't have run for an exec position. I'm so thankful for each and every one of them because they allowed me to become an even better version of myself.

3. Connections, Connections, and Connections

Aside from being in a sisterhood, there are so many connections that going Greek allows you to have. Who knows one of your sisters might know of a job opening and get you connected to the manager to get that job! Everyone genuinely wants to help each other and that's why you should go Greek, to find girls that are genuinely friendly and want to help you out!!!!

4. Raising Money For A Great Cause

Going Greek allows you to raise money for your philanthropy or for other organizations. This past year, I was a part of an AMAZING organization, Charleston Miracle, that raised a total of $115,678.54. Everything leading up to Dance Marathon might have been crazy but let me tell you it was an experience that I will never forget. Going Greek allows you to take part in these amazing experiences and it gives you a different look at life!!! #FTK

5. Fun Events

Okay so even though school might be very stressful, going Greek allows you take part in some fun events that your sorority might have. The amount of sisterhood events or social events that you can take part in is AMAZING. I am so excited for this semester because ya homegirl has some fun sisterhood event for you ladies at Alpha Kappa. Not only are they fun but, they allow you to create a bond with a sister that you never talked to before!

Now I know going Greek might not be for everyone but, if you do expect these things and even more. I am so excited to be reunited with the ladies at Alpha Kappa and I can't wait to recruit some amazing ladies!!!!!!

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