What Joining Greek Life At URI Is Really Like

Don't Be A Skeptic, Join Greek Life At URI

Your not-so-typical "why you should rush" article.


To all the skeptics out there... Here are some reasons why you have to rush!

I promise you will find your best friends/sisters for life

Before school even started I knew I wanted to be a part of Greek Life, especially because it's so popular at URI. I persuaded my skeptical roommates to rush, we all enjoyed the process, and ended up in the same sorority! So far I have met the most amazing group of girls that I personally fit in with more than other sororities at my school. The second semester of my FRESHMAN (yes, freshman) year, I moved into my sorority house (as did my roommates) and roomed with my big.

My roommates and I weren't compatible to live together in a forced triple. It was uncomfortable to be in such a small space in the first place, but some people just can't live with each other and THAT'S OK! I met my girls (blonde) Courtney, (brunette) Courtney, Ashley, Kirsten, Franki, and Madison. Me and brunette Court were in the same rush lines, but I wasn't really friends with the rest of the girls in the beginning. Now I can't live without 'em! A few of us are living in the house this fall and we are going to FSU, lemme tell ya! Franki and I are rooming together and already have our bedding/decor/color scheme etc. all planned out. As you can see, we all found our place, and you'll find yours too!

You get to develop relationships with older girls and FIND YOUR BIG!

I'm a lucky-ass girl because even though my rooming situation didn't work out first semester when I moved into the house second semester I GOT TO ROOM WITH MY BIG! It was fun AF and I literally LOVE her (shoutout @alionell AKA Ali Schwyter AKA MR. 305 DALE). Yeahhh, she's pretty f*cking dope and the best big...no biggie. Now you'd think that living with 60 girls is a bit crayyy... it is, HAHA but so much fun nonetheless.

Me and my big at Big/Little reavealInstagram @gabbynrogers

It's really not stressful, it's EXCITING and SO WORTH IT!

Rush is about a week long, with fairly long hours (around 6pm-midnight on Friday and 10am-8pm on Saturday), but that's because you can't see all the houses in one day so it's split up. Also, there are breaks in between some houses for lunch and a WELL-NEEDED nap. There are three rounds, pref day, and bid day of course...literally my favorite f*cking day of the YEAR, I'm not even joking it's the best day ever. I'll link some pics below...our bid day theme was "Birthday Bash" and everyone looked so cute!

Bid Day after we found out what sorority we got!Instagram @gabbynrogers

You're going to be a part of something so much bigger than yourself and it's the best feeling to be able to say you are a sister of "_____" chapter

If you can't tell by the letters on our shirts in the picture above, we are all Sig Delts! I'm going to be writing another article on what it means to be a Sig Delt, but for now, I'll say that my first year alone has been so incredible! We do so much fundraising for our philanthropy Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). It feels so good to help children and families who are really in need.

If you're skeptical of rushing, don't be! There are so many amazing benefits to being in a sorority. You get to meet new people, you get to build relationships with girls and make memories together that you'll never forget, and you won't regret a second of it.

What you put into the experience/journey is what you are going to get out of it!

And if you're planning on attending URI...rush and you won't regret it, I PROMISE YOU! Trust the process.

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The ABCs Of Greek Life

Greek Life From A to Z

When you enter into Greek life, it's like having to learn a whole new language, but it's a language that everyone comes to love. So here's the Greek alphabet, from Alpha Chi to Zeta.

A is for Alum

The members of our chapter who have graduated. These members are a range of ages and can participate in all kinds of alumna events.

B is for Bid Day

The best day of the year when our chapters get to accept a new pledge class of members.

C is for Chapter

Our weekly meetings where we learn about sisterhood and philanthropy events, date parties, etc., as well as take care of any sort of chapter business.

D is for Date Parties

Some of the best nights of the year are getting dressed up with your friends and your dates and attending date parties.

E is for Executive Board

The people that make the chapter run smoothly. The chapter wouldn't function without your president, VP, finance, standards, etc.

F is for Fried Friday

The best day of the week at the house. When the chefs cook up chicken, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, french fries, corn dogs, fried mac n cheese, fried corn, fried green tomatoes and whatever else your heart desires.

G is for Greek Week

One of the most competitive and most fun weeks of the year. Spent playing dodgeball, whiffle ball, doing dance-offs, and more!

H is for Hand Sign

No matter what sign it is, we love to throw what we know!

I is for Initiation

The day that we get to cross from new member to active member of our chapter.

J is for Just Here So I Don't Get Fined

As much as we love to hang out with our sisters, sometimes life gets in the way and we wish we had more free time. Sometimes we're only attending an event so that we don't get fined.

K is for Kick-Off

Of course, all college students love football but game day is something special when you're Greek. From getting ready with your sisters to eating at the house to tailgating with the fraternities, it's all a part of the game day experience when you're Greek.

L is for Letters

Our identity within the Greek community.

M is for Mom

Our house mom can never take the place of our real mom but she is great for lending an ear and helping solve any issues that come up within the sorority.

N is for Norts

Part of the "sorority girl uniform." We can't get enough of our Nike shorts

O is for Organized

With constantly running between classes, chapter meetings, and other events, you become extremely organized when you join a Greek organization.

P is for Philanthropy

One of the biggest reasons many people choose to go Greek. We love to spend our time, money and energy towards a cause that's close to our heart such as Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation and CASA.

Q is for Queso

Okay, maybe a bit of a stretch but it's true! Ordering Fuzzy's to the sorority house or going out to eat at Moe's or Chuy's are not uncommon activities. We love chips and queso!

R is for Recruitment

The craziest week of the year where the chapter decides which PNM's would be the best fit for the chapter and new members run home to your chapter at the end of the week!

S is for Sisterhood

What a sorority is really all about. The friends you make in your sorority are some of the most interesting and genuine girls you'll meet!

T is for T-Shirt Tuesday

The one weeknight that tons of people go out. Whether you're at Harry's bar or Rounders, T-shirt Tuesday is sure to be a blast.

U is for Unique Experience

No two people have the same experience with Greek life. Whether you're the most involved person, just in it for the sisterhood, or you're fairly uninvolved, your experience will be different than everyone else's. You get out what you put in, as the saying goes.

V is for Vineyard Vines

One of many popular brands among sorority women and fraternity men alike.

W is for Wine Wednesday

Another fan favorite of the week is Wine Wednesday. Whether you're celebrating at Gallette's or from the comfort of your own dorm or apartment, Wine Wednesday is awesome.

X is for XL T-Shirts

Another part of the "sorority girl uniform". The bigger the T-shirt, the comfier and more confident you'll be. It's science.

Y is for Youth

Many philanthropies work with children, which is great because we love to spend time with the youth in and around Tuscaloosa!

Z is for Zero Sleep

When you're taking 14-18 credits, working, in a Greek organization and you're involved with several other organizations it's easy to see why we never get our full 8 hours of sleep. We're always going and we're fueled by coffee and a passion for whatever it is we're doing on and around campus.

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Real Greek Sisterhood Is Nothing Like What You See In The Movies

My year has been filled with genuine people and exciting things.


This year, I was lucky enough to run home to Kappa Alpha Theta on bid day, with 130 other girls in my same boat. That day was a blur — throwing on our colors, meeting our 300+ other sisters, and getting on a bus to go to Bham for a retreat — yet it still feels like yesterday. Well, yesterday was eight months ago, and so much has happened since that little, clueless freshman ran to the steps of Bryant Denny. I've gotten to experience what sisterhood in a sorority is and it's impacted my life for the better.

No, it's not like the fake sorority sisterhoods in the movies. It's nothing like that at all. It's real friendships that are going to last more than just the four years were in college. It's genuine people and long fun nights and people there to pick you up when you've fallen down. In fact, one phrase that my friends and I use sums up what our friendships here are like.

What is sisterhood to me? Sisterhood is…

Long, music-filled car rides to unknown locations. Easter Sunday, my friends and I came up with the random idea of making a fun video, so we drove around until we found this beautifully set train track, and cold "not-mountain-runoff" creek.

Lauren and I on the railroad tracks we found on EasterCourtesy of Elizabeth Gainey

Getting ready for swaps and date parties. Always in 508, the "party dorm," the best dorm. Picking out outfits, dancing to fun music, and just getting to be with my friends is always a fun time.

My friends and I getting ready for Theta's formalCourtesy of Elizabeth Gainey

A friend to bring you to DCH, and then the Health Center when I finally convinced her it was NOT an emergency. Random stomach pain isn't the best, but my friends who make me see a doctor and are willing to sit with me in a waiting room are.

Girls weekends. Have you ever been a tourist in your own city? I was when I brought a group of my friends down to NOLA for Mardi Gras. And, due to some canceled events, we got to stay a little bit longer for a weekend that we didn't want to end.

My group of friends in front of the Tulane Theta house during our Mardi Gras trip.Courtesy of Elizabeth Gainey

Impromptu day trips to other colleges. Sydney, Haven, and I decided last minute we wanted to go to the Ole Miss game. We didn't have tickets and we weren't even packed. We got there at 3 p.m., ended up at the game somehow, and, after a long series of events and nowhere to stay, drove back to TTown at 2 a.m.

Having a shoulder to cry on when everything just seems to be going wrong. They're there for you at your best and worst.

Studying with you until 2 in the morning for that engineering exam that you just have to pass. While my friends are all in different majors, sometimes it's nice to just have someone there for you to make sure you're on top of your game.

Sisterhood is.


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