I'm A Part Of Greek Life And I Don't Support Hazing

I'm A Part Of Greek Life And I Don't Support Hazing

Nor was I apart of it.

In the news as well we all over social media, reports from the Penn State death of Timothy Piazza as a result of hazing completed by the fraternity members of Beta Theta Pi on their Bid Acceptance night is a tragedy. It breaks my heart to see something like this occur and my prayers are with his friends and family.

However, not only am I saddened by the events of this tragedy, I am saddened by Greek Life in general. It is 2017, yet Greek organizations throughout the country still succumb to hazing rituals in order to be "accepted".

I am a part of Greek Life and I was not hazed to be accepted.

When done the right way, Greek Life can be an amazing thing. Fraternities and sororities can give you a home away from home. They give you an immense support system where you always have someone to call up at any hour of the day to vent to about your life problems with school or your latest significant other. You learn so much about leadership as well as teamwork skills, whether you are on the Executive Board, Executive Council, or simply a member, every position matters for the success of the organization as a whole. Not only do they teach you valuable life skills, but they give you some of the most amazing friends and memories you will have. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

I am a part of a sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, who has an anti-hazing policy. BUT...If I had had to complete some outrageous and potentially dangerous activity to be "accepted" into the organization, I can guarantee you, I would not be a part of Greek Life. Under no circumstances should you ever be put into a situation that you are uncomfortable in or one that could harm your well-being. What happened at Penn State is unacceptable and I am saddened that Greek Life continues to bear the stigma of hazing to be accepted.

For the Greek Life organizations that still succumb to hazing measures, wake up, it's 2017. Stop the outrageous and dangerous activities, and start sticking to your ideals that your founders had set for you many years ago. I would hate to see something so beneficial in a college students' life be turned to ruins because of some bad apples among us.

So if you're thinking about rushing a sorority or fraternity next fall, don't be afraid of the stigmas they bear and try it. However, if you have to go through some sort of hazing ritual to be accepted, don't do it. Your life is not worth any amount of acceptance from other people.

Take it from a sorority girl, there are countless organizations who do not require hazing and would love for you to be a part of them, go out and find your home.

Cover Image Credit: Tim Piazza//Facebook

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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