My Work Is Basically My Sorority, Just Without The Dues

My Work Is Basically My Sorority, Just Without The Dues, And That's A Blessing

I've always wanted sisters and now I have a store full of them.

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When I had graduated high school I immediately thought to myself that I wanted to join a sorority.

I never had a lot of female friends in high school so I thought that it would be fun to have house full of them. As I got older I noticed that a lot of girls I went to high school with had joined sororities and you would think that I was jealous of them but, in the end I wasn't as jealous as I thought I was. Now, I have all of the upmost respect for girls in sororities. A lot of girls that I worked with were in sororities and I never understood how they were able to balance time for their families, full-time school, part-time job, a social life, and obligations to their sorority but; I will say that all of the semi-formals and formals looked like a blast. Now, you are probably wondering why I didn't join a sorority if I loved everything about it. I loved the idea of a sisterhood and the idea of having a big and future little; I just simply did not like the idea of how I had to pay an extravagant about to become a sister.

Let's fast forward a few years to where I left my first job and decided to work at a store where I was shopping at since I was probably about fifteen years old. It was a great store where everything sparkled and coincidentally it was ALL girls. Now, keep in mind that I never had a lot of female friends in my life (besides for the girls that I worked with for three years) so I was BEYOND uncomfortable and nervous that they would not like me. Little did I know; I got along with all of them really well. I originally started my second job as a door greeter but when the other girls found out that I would be hired onto the team as a sales associate they were all so happy which made me excited to get to know them all better.

The moment i finished my sales associate training and was shadowing some of the other girls I got a chance to get to know my store manager better and even get to know the other girls on a deeper level. When I tell you that this group of girls make my life so much better i kid you not; they really do make everything better in my life. From cheering me on with my sales to cheering me on in my life, they are the best group of girls I could ever ask for when it comes to working in a store full of females. I may always kid around when I tell them that we need more testosterone in the store but I don't think that any guy would be able to handle all of the girl talk or how happy we all are when we see each other at work. Seeing these girls everyday, starting from the bottom and working my way up, and having a mentor to show me the ropes each day made me realize that my work was my sorority.

You would think that working with all girls would be dramatic and yeah somedays we get annoyed with each other but in the end we all love each other. From celebrating little victories together to being there for each other when we are upset and need to vent or even have a shoulder for us to cry on; I never would have thought that I found my own sorority.

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10 Things You've Said If You're Freakishly Close With Your Sibling

You can't choose your family but you can choose your friends.

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It's true, siblings are equally your best friend and sworn enemy. It's also true that you probably can't imagine life without them. They might annoy you, beat you up, call you names, and get you in trouble, but in the end, the pros outweigh the cons. You can't get rid of them so you might as well reap the benefits of having a life-long confidant. As we've got older, my brother and I have learned to coexist more peacefully than in the past. One might even consider us friends. Our bickering has turned into playful banter and our inside jokes have only become more exclusive.

This week, I decided to focus on the benefits of having a sibling. Younger or older, you've probably found yourself asking or saying these things to your sibling once or twice.

1. "Mom, where is (name)?"


You probably like to keep tabs on their whereabouts just in case you need them at any given moment. You also constantly worry about them, which is your excuse for always asking this question.

2. "Want to hang out?"


There is nothing better than quality time with your sibling. Even if that just means snap chatting each other while you're sitting in the same room.

3. "Add me on Find My Friends."

Specifically referring to younger siblings, the older they get, the more protective you get. This also comes in handy when you're bored and want to know how long it will be until they get home.

4. "I'll only go if you go."

We usually send (& receive) these texts most when our parents ask us to accompany them on a family outing. If I'm going to suffer, then so are they. You also know, having them there will make everything more fun.

5. "Get in my Snapchat."

They make your Snapchats 100% better by just being in them.

6. "What time will you be home?"

They know the second they get home from a night out, you'll want details and gossip.

7. "Do you need a ride home?"

You're willing to do them favors, not only because you care about them but because that just means more time to hang out and jam in the car.

8. "Invite your friends over tonight."

If you're friends with your sibling, this probably means you're friends with their friends too. You've successfully managed to double your inner circle.

9. "Will you pick me up food on your way home?"

When you're too lazy to get food on your own so you have your personal slave fetch you lunch.

10. "I need some advice..."

One of my personal favorites. Whether about school, friends, relationships, or our parents, I know we've got each other's backs.

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To The Older Sibling I Never Had, I Wish You Were Here To Guide Me

I know you don't exist, and I know you never will, but sometimes I catch myself imagining a life with you in it.

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Starting high school is a terrifying feeling and an insane transition when you don't have anyone to guide you through it. It was a mere 15-step walk to the door, and once I was inside my parents promised me there would be somebody there to help me find my classes, so why did I feel like I was being thrown straight into the gates of hell? I counted down the minutes until we pulled into the school parking lot and dreaded the sound of the car door opening and the anticipated start to the "best four years of my life."

As we were pulling up, I saw a girl who went to the same middle school as I followed her older brother, who was a senior through the front doors as if it had been rehearsed at home. At this moment, I would have given my right foot to walk in her shoes right behind an older brother just this once. Eventually, I just walked right inside.

Unfortunately, this would not be the last of my longing for guidance from the older sibling I've never had.

I get it, I got a B in math. I get it, if I would have spent last Friday night studying instead of out with my friends it is possible that I could have gotten an A. But, what my parents seemed to not get was that life actually does go on even if you get a B on a report card. Time doesn't stop, your dreams don't diminish, and you are still viewed as a fairly competent person.

Luckily for my younger sisters, it seems my parents eventually did get it at the cost of my phone being taken away for three months and my social life ceasing to exist for the rest of that school year. As I spent every Friday night at home studying I longed, for just this once, to have an older sibling who was willing to take this hit for me.

Why did nobody tell me that it's actually more fun to go to school dances with friends than the boy you barely know who is just desperate for some conversation with the opposite sex?

I always wondered why that girl I went to middle school with never took a date to any of our formals or homecomings. Eventually, four homecomings and two proms later, I realized that this was because stumbling through the awkward introductions to family, tolerating the completely posed and overdone photos that would never actually be posted anywhere because you didn't talk outside of this forced interaction, and small talk over fruit punch and loud music was never actually necessary. Of course, I passed this message to my younger sisters and saved them the struggle of finding out for themselves.

Don't even get me started on being the first sibling to have to navigate applying to colleges.

I really could have used you then. I'm convinced there is nothing more difficult than trying to fill out a FAFSA or Common Application with absolutely no guidance or experience. Is my application essay long enough? Should I apply for early or regular admission? What if I don't get accepted anywhere? As selfish as it sounds, I would have given my other foot not to have to find these things out for myself.

I'd trade a lifetime worth of shotgun privileges to have you in my life to help me figure this stuff out.

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