My Letters Don't Make Me Better Than You, They Make Me Better Than I Used To Be

My Letters Don't Make Me Better Than You, They Make Me Better Than I Used To Be

What being a sorority girl means to me.
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My organization has brought so much happiness into my life since the day I ran home, fall of my freshmen year.

It's not all the media makes it out to be, we don't really party every waking hour of the day, and we definitely are not "buying our friends." For me, sorority life has been nothing but happy times and memories I know I'll have for a lifetime. My sisters have shown me kindness and love on my worst days, and I know I can count on them for anything and trust them with even my darkest secrets.

I can't speak for everyone, but here's what being a "sorority girl" means to me.

Always having a sister to lean on

Whether I need to borrow a phone charger in the library, or my whole world has suddenly just come crashing down, there is always a sister willing to lend a hand, or a shoulder to cry on.

So many leadership opportunities

It seems like every day there's a new position up for grabs or an opportunity to get more involved in the chapter and get to know different sisters better.

Philanthropy

Our philanthropies, Prevent Child Abuse America and Girl Scouts of the USA have grown so close to my heart since joining my sorority, Kappa Delta. I've had the eye-opening experience of touring the Child Advocacy Center of South West Florida and being able to volunteer at numerous Girl Scout events. Being able to see and learn about the impact that our organization has on children in need, and to hear little girls say "I want to be like you when I grow up", makes all the hours of fundraising and preparation worth it instantly.

Holding myself to a higher standard

Being apart of my sisterhood comes with certain rules and responsibilities, but I am honored to comply with them because being a member of my sorority means that I am apart of something bigger than myself. I know that I need to raise my own standards because Kappa Delta will never lower hers for me.

Campus involvement

We hold many fun tabling events on campus throughout the semester and host our annual Shamrock carnival where anyone is welcomed. Our Shamrock event raises money for PCAA, while our tabling events are meant to brighten student's days and give them a chance to get to know our sisters.

Networking

With 166 active collegiate chapters in the United States, being a Kappa Delta sister has opened so many doors for me. There is always someone to vouch for you and your character based on our shared values.

Endless encouragement

My sisters are always encouraging me to put my self out there, they see my potential and they have given me the confidence to go after what I want in life.

Role models

My organization has given me countless strong, confident women to look up to. My sisters are some of the most positive influences in my life. I see them juggling other groups and clubs, sports, jobs, and internships all while still keeping school their main priority, and having a social life, they can truly do it all, and do it all well.

Empowered women, empower women and my sisters are the best example of that. They've taught me to go confidently in the direction of my dreams, and never look back.

So yes, I'm a sorority girl, and I'm proud.

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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!
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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...

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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...

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

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

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

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

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In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

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Sorority recruitment has a bad rep ... here are some ways to help you deal with the craziness of rush without losing your sanity!

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When I entered Clemson University at the end of the summer, I signed up for Panhellenic Recruitment along with over 1,000 other girls. Sorority recruitment was just as crazy as people make it out to be, but, overall, it was a good experience. For anyone considering going through sorority recruitment in college, here are 5 tips to help you deal with the craziness of rush.

1. Take notes in between parties.

You're going to be visiting so many chapters and talking to so many girls that it will be difficult to differentiate between them in your mind. When you select your top choices for the next round, you'll want to remember how well you liked each chapter so that you can rank them accordingly. Take a notebook or, like me, type your notes into your phone after each party. First, write down your overall opinion of the chapter (ex. "Loved it!"). Try to write down names or descriptions of the girls you talked to. Obviously, you won't remember everyone's name (if you do, more power to you), but try your best to remember how you felt in each chapter. By taking notes, you'll be all set to select your top chapters and revisit some the next round.

2. Do NOT badmouth chapters to other PNMs.

I'm sure you know to avoid badmouthing one chapter to members of another chapter, but you should also avoid badmouthing a sorority to a fellow PNM. While you may like to talk things out and hear the opinions of the girls around you, talking badly about certain chapters can make other PNMs uncomfortable, especially if they liked the chapter you're badmouthing. From experience, I know that it can make you question yourself if your friend is downing a chapter that you loved. Ultimately, everyone's experiences in a chapter are different so nobody should base their choices on someone else's opinion.

3. Be yourself and let your personality show.

Don't feel like you have to be someone you're not or dress how you think the sorority wants you to dress. Rushing is not about finding a new identity and a new place to "fit in"- it's about finding girls that are like-minded and love you for your own personal style and personality. It's too exhausting to pretend to be someone you're not, and it's too expensive to dress any way other than how you like. Be yourself, and be confident in the person that you are!

4. Don't be offended if you're not invited back to every chapter you like.

This was what I struggled with the most during recruitment. In my case, I liked a lot of the chapters I visited, and very few of the ones I liked invited me back. If that happens to you, it's totally okay. There are many different factors that go into inviting PNMs to the next rounds. Don't overthink it, and don't be offended because it's not personal. Instead, be excited to learn more about the chapters who did invite you back. You may end up loving one that you didn't think you liked that much.

5. Be confident in not joining a sorority, if that's what you decide.

Greek life is not for everyone. Even if you think it's for you, it may not be! I went through recruitment and didn't join a sorority, but I have no regrets. I realized that you can have friends in sororities and still have fun in college without joining a chapter. There are plenty of other places to get involved on campus and plenty of clubs to join. If you don't end up in a sorority, you'll find other fun things to get involved in, and you will make friends. Plenty of people are successful in college without being in a sorority, and you can be too!

If you decide to go through sorority recruitment, have fun, be yourself, and trust the process. No matter what happens, you'll end up where you're supposed to be.

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