An Open Letter To My New Sorority Sisters

An Open Letter To My New Sorority Sisters

Thank you for helping me see beauty, even in the common things of life

Dear Sisters,

When I got to campus last Fall, I was nervous that I wouldn't find a group of friends, but you all changed that. From the first day of recruitment, I felt like I was at home in our house. Everyone had a huge smile on their face, we had great conversations, we laughed, and it always felt genuine. Not to mention, you laughed with me, not at me, when I tripped walking out of the house on Sisterhood Day.

On Bid Day, I was elated to put on a shirt with our letters because I wanted to show off that I was chosen to be a part of our amazing sisterhood. Since day one, the pride I have for being a member of our sisterhood hasn't wavered, it has only grown stronger.

Thank you to the sisters who have been there for me during the hard times, and the good times.

Thank you to my pledge mom for being there to talk if I need something.

Thank you to my new family for being simultaneously dysfunctional and loving.

Thank you to every person in our sisterhood for being welcoming and always having a smiling face on campus.

I am so grateful for how diverse our organization is because I know that no matter what the day is, there is always someone to do something with and someone who will be there for me. Being a part of this sisterhood has made my life so much better, and I want you all to know how grateful I am for each of you. I know my future is brighter because I have you all in my life.

Thank you for being my home away from home.


Your new sister

Cover Image Credit: Jessica Lawler

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As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

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4. This art speaks to me because...

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5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

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9. I am the way I am because...

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10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

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11. My dream job is...

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Every school has their own "cults." You know what I'm talking about. Not like real cults in weird sacrificial rituals and polygamy way, but in the way that these groups are so tight-knit that you would never try to break them up. You can spot a member from this cult a mile away. You can often tell what cult a person belongs to by their clothes, the way they talk, what classes they take, or what clubs they belong to.

We all belong to some type of cult at one point or another. Here are some of the most well-known cults at IU:

1. Greek life

This includes current Greek life as well as ex-tri delts and frats banished to Smallwood.

2. IUDM people

Link in bio!

3. Kids from Carmel

More like high school round two for these students.

4. Kids from "The Region"

"I'm from Chicago but my license is from Indiana."

5. Kelley boners

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6. Freshmen who live in Northwest

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7. International students 

Likely to be seen smoking cigs outside Wells or driving a luxury car.

8. Athletes

Will be spotted traveling in herds wearing more IU gear than freshmen at orientation.

9. Little 500 bikers

The reason for the season! We are grateful for your handwork all year long so we can party for a week straight before finals.

10. Jacobs School of Music students

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