I Joined A Sorority, And Thank God

I Joined A Sorority, And Thank God

Recruitment was stressful, but I couldn’t ask for anything more.

First semester of freshman year is undoubtedly stressful. I looked to my friends at southern schools who went through sorority recruitment in the fall and were able to jump right into the social scene, and everything else that came with going Greek. I will admit that I was jealous and felt like I was really missing out. I was dying to rush and meet a gazillion new friends.

Of course, upon actually jumping into the recruitment process, I questioned why I had ever thought that at all. Why is being judged on your appearance all day, every day, for five days fun? Why is this so glorified? Why am I putting myself through this on purpose? Many of my friends decided to drop out of the recruitment process halfway through because they decided that it wasn't for them, and I had to wonder the same thing about myself.

I received a bid from the Villanova Zeta Alpha chapter of Delta Gamma on Bid Day, and I was beyond thrilled, but also beyond scared. I was in, but was I really? I didn’t actually have friends yet. I had “sisters,” most of whom I had never met in my life. What if everyone was fake during recruitment? What if this isn’t what I thought it was going to be? My mind ran a thousand miles a minute, and thank God I slammed on the brakes. Something about this felt very, very right. Stopping my mind from running through the possibilities of how this could turn out horribly forced me to focus on what about this could be amazing.

Over the next few weeks, as a new member, I was thrust into meetings. Business-like and informational meetings, yes, but also meetings such as Meet the Seniors, Meet the Juniors, Meet the Sophomores, Meet Your Pledge Class, and so on! I attended event after event after event and it didn’t feel like a chore- instead I felt energized and excited and happy almost all the time. I thought, I can really do this!

Of course, now the New Member Period is slowing down, but I still feel the same way that I did on Bid Day. Everyone in my pledge class is so incredibly friendly and fun—they’re the type of people who I really want to spend the next three and a half years with at school. I feel so blessed to have a Big whom I LOVE and a huge group of girls as a support system.

So yeah, I joined a sorority, and I guess there’s some preconceived notions about who I am or who I could become. But honestly, if I’m any different, it’s for the better. I’m better, happier, more social, more comfortable, more outgoing, more of everything good in my life.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.

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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15 People You Will Undoubtedly Encounter During The First Week Of School

Have fun trying to shove your way through all the freshman and new Greeks! May the odds be ever in your favor.


As the school year approaches, us upperclassmen get more and more weary of heading back to class. Between all the new freshman and the same people we've gone to school with for a few years now, it takes a while to get back in the groove and regain the patience (or readopt the impatience) you had last semester. Here are 15 people you will definitely encounter during sylly week.

1. The freshman who raises his hand and asks to go to the bathroom in the middle of the professor's lecture.

It still blows my mind that this happens. Please… Don't be that person.

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2. The girl who sits in the front row and asks way too many questions about the syllabus.

Seriously? Half of the class is hung over, can you just shut up so we can leave?

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3. The newly minted Greeks who have to shove their letters in everyone's face.

We get it. You joined Alpha Chi Pineapple or whatever. Have fun being a bitch boy for the next 9 months.

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4. The freshman who looks like she's going to cry while trying to find her class.

Yeah, campus is huge. Good luck trying to get from one end to the other in 10 minutes!

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5. The groups of girls who haven't seen each other since May.

"OhmyGAWD, I missed you so much!" Take the reunion elsewhere or prepare to be shoulder-checked, honey.

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6. The stoner senior in freshman-level classes who still seemingly does not care.

Drugs are bad, kids. So is paying $25,000 a year to flunk Psychology 1000 3 times.

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7. The girl who decided going out the night before an 8 a.m. that isn't just about reviewing the syllabus was a bright idea.

Yeah, I see you over there with your Gatorade and glazed over eyes.

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8. That one weird kid who you seem to have had at least one class with every semester since freshman year.

Just because we've had like 4 classes together doesn't mean we are friends, dude.

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9. The freshman who is taking down every word the professor says.

The entire syllabus is literally on Canvas, just FYI.

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10. The person who gets yelled at the very first day for doing something stupid.

Whether it be messing around on your phone or talking the whole time, some professors have no issue calling you out.

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11. That one girl who already seems to be BFFs with the professor and all 4 of the TAs.

We get it, you like to be a kissass. Thanks for the heads-up so we all know who NOT to sit by.

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12. The girl who thought her very first day of college was the prime time to dress extra cute.

It's 90 degrees, these classrooms have terrible AC and you are going to see these people for 50 minutes tops. Chill.

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13. That couple you see EVERYWHERE who show a gross amount of PDA.

You're still together? Please stop.

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14. The group of international students who all sit in a blob and speak in a different language just to seemingly make you uncomfortable.

Are you talking about my hair? Because yeah, I know it's atrocious this morning and I'm not sorry.

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15. The annoying student orgs that set up booths and try to get you to join by giving you free food.

Sorry, even this cupcake can't get me interested in your basket weaving club or whatever.

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