5 Reasons Why I Joined A Sorority

5 Reasons Joining A Sorority Was The Best Decision I Ever Made

To the amazing friendships, opportunities, and memories I have made in Zeta Tau Alpha at West Chester University.

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Freshman year of college was easily the most boring, uneventful year of my life. I was in a new state, had two friends I did absolutely everything with, and was barely involved on campus. I felt like something was always missing, and it was a very drastic change from being incredibly involved in high school, to not going to one club meeting during the week or spending Friday nights alone in bed.

After graduating high school, I had large expectations for myself. I wanted to be a leader, make amazing friendships, and involve myself within my campus and new community.

Thankfully, after joining a sorority my sophomore, I can easily say it was the best decision I ever made because of these 5 reasons.

1. Leadership opportunities and experiences.

After being in a sorority for one year, I decided my junior year I was ready to run for a leadership position. I was recently elected as the Director of Philanthropy; my position requires me to plan multiple large and small events to fundraise for my sorority's philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. This role comes with a lot of responsibility, and at first, I never saw myself as a leader, or confident enough to hold such a high title. The more and more I continued to plan fun events and put an endless amount of work in communicating with chapter members and organizations on campus, it is creating more leadership qualities within myself. I am grateful for this experience because it is truly shaping and strengthening my involvement in the chapter, and the ability to be a great leader.

2. Special new friendships.

The girls I met in my sorority are easily the best friends a girl could ask for. Looking back on my freshman year, I felt so lonely at a new place and that I didn't have a place at my college. Now, I have people in my life who I could never imagine life without anymore. You absolutely find your people in college, whether it is through a sorority or not. I am so fortunate to have met the girls I have, and to have them in my life and call them my best friends.

3. Raising awareness and education for an amazing cause.

Philanthropy is a huge reason as to why many women join a sorority. Our philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, is very special to me and others who are apart of this organization. Many members have loved ones who have survived from Breast Cancer, so it is important to represent all who fought this battle. We attend and hold multiple events whether on campus or off in order to support the survivors, and honor those whose lives were taken from Breast Cancer. As the Director of Philanthropy, I find creating events to raise more awareness and education for this cause very special and fulfilling.

4. Becoming more involved around campus.

Being involved in my campus and community was always something very important to me. After joining a sorority, that is exactly what I did! I attend other sorority and fraternity philanthropy events often, have a leadership position, and consistently have something to do with the entire chapter. I love being able to support other organizations on campus, which was something I never found myself interested in before joining a sorority.

5. Unforgettable memories made with girls I now cannot live without.

The memories I have made with the girls in my sorority are some that I could never forget. Whether it is from having classes together, going to social events, or late nights in the library together stressing over an exam, it truly shaped my college experience.

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The ABCs Of Greek Life

Greek Life From A to Z
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When you enter into Greek life, it's like having to learn a whole new language, but it's a language that everyone comes to love. So here's the Greek alphabet, from Alpha Chi to Zeta.

A is for Alum

The members of our chapter who have graduated. These members are a range of ages and can participate in all kinds of alumna events.

B is for Bid Day

The best day of the year when our chapters get to accept a new pledge class of members.

C is for Chapter

Our weekly meetings where we learn about sisterhood and philanthropy events, date parties, etc., as well as take care of any sort of chapter business.

D is for Date Parties

Some of the best nights of the year are getting dressed up with your friends and your dates and attending date parties.

E is for Executive Board

The people that make the chapter run smoothly. The chapter wouldn't function without your president, VP, finance, standards, etc.

F is for Fried Friday

The best day of the week at the house. When the chefs cook up chicken, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, french fries, corn dogs, fried mac n cheese, fried corn, fried green tomatoes and whatever else your heart desires.

G is for Greek Week

One of the most competitive and most fun weeks of the year. Spent playing dodgeball, whiffle ball, doing dance-offs, and more!

H is for Hand Sign

No matter what sign it is, we love to throw what we know!

I is for Initiation

The day that we get to cross from new member to active member of our chapter.

J is for Just Here So I Don't Get Fined

As much as we love to hang out with our sisters, sometimes life gets in the way and we wish we had more free time. Sometimes we're only attending an event so that we don't get fined.

K is for Kick-Off

Of course, all college students love football but game day is something special when you're Greek. From getting ready with your sisters to eating at the house to tailgating with the fraternities, it's all a part of the game day experience when you're Greek.

L is for Letters

Our identity within the Greek community.

M is for Mom

Our house mom can never take the place of our real mom but she is great for lending an ear and helping solve any issues that come up within the sorority.

N is for Norts

Part of the "sorority girl uniform." We can't get enough of our Nike shorts

O is for Organized

With constantly running between classes, chapter meetings, and other events, you become extremely organized when you join a Greek organization.

P is for Philanthropy

One of the biggest reasons many people choose to go Greek. We love to spend our time, money and energy towards a cause that's close to our heart such as Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation and CASA.

Q is for Queso

Okay, maybe a bit of a stretch but it's true! Ordering Fuzzy's to the sorority house or going out to eat at Moe's or Chuy's are not uncommon activities. We love chips and queso!

R is for Recruitment

The craziest week of the year where the chapter decides which PNM's would be the best fit for the chapter and new members run home to your chapter at the end of the week!

S is for Sisterhood

What a sorority is really all about. The friends you make in your sorority are some of the most interesting and genuine girls you'll meet!

T is for T-Shirt Tuesday

The one weeknight that tons of people go out. Whether you're at Harry's bar or Rounders, T-shirt Tuesday is sure to be a blast.

U is for Unique Experience

No two people have the same experience with Greek life. Whether you're the most involved person, just in it for the sisterhood, or you're fairly uninvolved, your experience will be different than everyone else's. You get out what you put in, as the saying goes.

V is for Vineyard Vines

One of many popular brands among sorority women and fraternity men alike.

W is for Wine Wednesday

Another fan favorite of the week is Wine Wednesday. Whether you're celebrating at Gallette's or from the comfort of your own dorm or apartment, Wine Wednesday is awesome.

X is for XL T-Shirts

Another part of the "sorority girl uniform". The bigger the T-shirt, the comfier and more confident you'll be. It's science.

Y is for Youth

Many philanthropies work with children, which is great because we love to spend time with the youth in and around Tuscaloosa!

Z is for Zero Sleep

When you're taking 14-18 credits, working, in a Greek organization and you're involved with several other organizations it's easy to see why we never get our full 8 hours of sleep. We're always going and we're fueled by coffee and a passion for whatever it is we're doing on and around campus.

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I Didn't Join A Panhellenic Sorority

It's okay if you don't join a panhellenic sorority. Sometimes a different organization can turn out to be the best thing.

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Before going to college I was faced with a dilemma, should I rush? I wanted to rush just for the social aspect, I thought it would be my best shot at making a bunch of friends. However, deep down I knew that greek life really wasn't me. I didn't want to do something if I wasn't one hundred percent behind it. There was a part of me that did want to be in a sorority but the other part of me really didn't want to rush. Let me be clear, I don't think Greek life is bad, I just think it wasn't for me. I talked to my brother and sister-in-law about this because they both were in Greek life at the college I attend now; they told me that they didn't think I would like it either.

What my brother and sister-in-law told me that I might like was, a Christian sorority called Sigma Phi Lambda. When they described it to me it seemed like exactly what I was wanting. As soon as I got to college I sought them out; and I went to their recruitment nights. I loved it! It was exactly what I was looking for. I ended up joining. This sorority brought me an amazing group of friends! Most importantly, I have joined the perfect sorority for me! A few things I liked most about Sigma Phi Lambda was the people were so welcoming, it was more low key and laid back, I was still able to have a big and a "Pham", we still did lots of sorority things whilst also having activities that strengthened us on our walks with the Lord, and I gained so many sisters that I now have strong relationships with. Sigma Phi Lambda gave me so many friends and something to be involved in on campus. They gave me somewhere to belong and I am so glad I chose to join them.

Rushing may be exactly what you need when you go to college, but if it's not that is okay. Just join something that makes you happy. Join an organization that helps you grow and surrounds you with people that you want to be around. I promise when you get to college that there is an organization for just about everything, find the one that fits you. No matter what you choose I promise it's good. Just make sure you choose what is right for you.

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