Joining A Sorority Gave My College Experience A Real Purpose

Joining A Sorority Gave My College Experience A Real Purpose

Thanks to my sisters, I feel like I have a purpose in my college community and within myself.
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A sorority girl—just a basic girl that just pays money to make friends? The funny thing is a LOT of people feel this way when it just simply isn't true. Any girl in any sorority can attest to that. The stigma NEEDS to stop. A sorority girl is just like anyone else who values friendships and helping others (philanthropy) and wants to join an organization that encompasses that.

Money. We pay dues and other required national fees. We pay this in order to keep our chapter running and be able to host events for our sorority and other fundraising events for our philanthropy. We don't use the money to bribe others to be our friend. Some of the money we pay is just simply required in order for our chapters to function.

Friendships. I rushed into a sorority this fall of my freshman year, so I haven't even been in a sorority for a full semester yet. Despite this, I feel as though I have made lifelong friendships already. Being at a college far from home and not knowing many people seemed scary at first, but once I joined a sorority I no longer felt scared, I felt safe.

I know these girls have my back and will be there for me on good and bad days—they are my sisters. I will always have someone down to grab an ice cream cone or grab a salad at Verde with, thanks to my sisters. I can always count on someone being there for me, whether that means calling a sister or just showing up at the sorority house.

In a sorority, you also get a Big and a "Pham" which actually becomes your family away from home. Who wouldn't want to join something that makes them feel accepted and loved, just like a family does?

Philanthropy. Every sorority has their own philanthropy which they give back to. The great thing is, all of Greek life comes together and helps raise money for all of the philanthropies. At the College of Charleston, there is an event called Pep Supper, which is a dance competition that is all about raising money for the Lowcountry Food Bank. It shows people in the Greek life and outside of Greek life that people can come together and have fun while also helping others.

This also shows others outside of the Greek life community, that we do care and we don't just party.

People involved in Greek life care, just like anyone else. I don't understand why there is such a stigma against Greek life as a whole. Joining a sorority is the best choice I have made my freshman year of college thus far, and I have a feeling it will be the best choice of my college career. Going Greek has made me have a purpose in my college community and within myself.

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21 Lies College Students Tell Their Parents

I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these.

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Let's be honest. College is the best time of your life for a lot of reasons, and maybe you should not tell your mom all of them when she calls. I can almost guarantee that you have used at least five of these, and the others — maybe you should try next time!

1. "I can't talk now, I'm in the library."

Typically used when the student is too hungover to talk.

2. "Gotta go now, I'm walking into class."

Then hit play on Netflix.

3. "I think it might be food poisoning."

Was it the food, or all of that alcohol? Your symptoms sound more like a hangover to me.

4. "No, I didn't just wake up."

It is 4 p.m. and, yes, you did.

5. "I need more money for laundry and food."

Meaning, "I need more money for things I don't think you will give me money for."

6. "I never skip class!"

When we use this one, it usually does not refer to anything before 11 a.m.

7. "I studied all night for that test!"

If by "studied all night" you mean you watched TV shows in the library, then, yes, all night.

8. "Everyone failed that test."

And by everyone, I mean me and my friend who did not go to sleep until 3 a.m.

9. "I'm walking home from breakfast with my friends."

Yeah, OK. You are just lucky she cannot see last night's outfit and the high heels you are carrying. We know where you have been.

10. "Potbelly's is a restaurant."

I mean, they may sell tacos, but I'm not sure I would call it a restaurant.

11. "I go to Cantina's for the Nachos."

I hope that is not the only reason but, hey, you do you.

12. "The $40 charge on the card from last Saturday? That was for school supplies!"

Yeah, right. It was for a new dress.

13. "Nobody goes out on weeknights, especially not me."

We all know grades come first, right?

14. "I can't remember the last time I went out!"

Literally.

15. "I make my bed regularly"

About as often as I clean the bathroom.

16. "I did not say 'Margarita Monday,' I said I went to 'Margaret's on Monday'!"

Following the use of this lie, do not post any pictures on social media of you with a margarita.

17. "I use my meal plan, and eat in the dining hall all the time."

As you scarf down Chick-fil-A.

18. "I eat healthy!"

For those without a meal plan who have to grocery shop on their own, we all know you spend $2 on a 12-pack of Ramen noodles and the rest on a different kind of 12-pack.

19. "No, I don't have a fake ID."

OK, "John Smith," and where exactly in Wyoming are you from?

20. "I'm doing great in all of my classes."

We use this one because you cannot see our grades online, anymore.

21. "I did not wait until the last minute to start on this."

We all know that if you start a paper before 10 p.m. the night before it is due, you are doing something wrong.

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Dear Sorority Girls On The Concourse, Please Stop

Get some ice cream, let the voting happen as it will, and take a chill pill.

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My RBF as I pass by has nothing to do with whether I like you, whether I like the ideas of sororities or whether or not I'm late to class. Okay, it might have a little bit to do with the latter.

My earbuds are very much turned up as loud as they can go for one simple fact: I do not have time.

I understand you want to support your little organizations or promote your sisters for different spots such as Miss Auburn. However, I do not want to hear it in all my class GroupMes. I do not want you to get in my face on the concourse when it is obvious I do not care. I do not want to be bombarded with the same questions over and over. I do not want to have to avoid the quickest way to the class that I'm about to be late to because you took up the entire concourse.

The fact of the matter is that if I were going to vote, I would have already. Trust me, I see the Instagram posts, I see the signs all over campus. I see the T-shirts. I see the free stuff you're giving out and get that it's to get my attention but to tell you the truth, I'm more likely to take the stuff and never give the voting a second thought. You presented the opportunity.

Please don't take this the wrong way. I do not intend to be rude or bash on how you go about getting the attention you need. But please, find some other way to do it because you are standing between me and my history class and if you touch me I will get an attitude real quick.

Now, even though this post is directed to the girls, guys do it too when it comes to their friend running for student government. I get that you guys are excited but please no more spamming my phone with six messages in a row about the same thing that I still, personally, do not care about. Please and thank you.

Get some ice cream, let the voting happen as it will, and take a chill pill.

In conclusion, I may not understand fully why you do it. I apologize for the daggers I shoot at you when you come near me like you're gonna get my attention even if it means pulling out my earbuds. But please. Stop.

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