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The Beginning of Second Semester Means The Start Of Rush: Here's What You Need To Know

Wondering if the sorority life is for you? Give it a shot!

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As an incoming freshman during first semester, I was excited to go through sorority rush — even though I wasn't quite sure what it was all about. None of my close family members had been involved in a fraternity or sorority, so I wasn't too familiar with the process or anything like that. However, it seemed like many students at Miami were involved in Greek life, and it looked like something fun I would like to be involved in too. As the semester went on, I learned a little bit more about the actual process and signed up for rush along with my three other roommates.

Looking back now as a sophomore who went through rush, I know it can be a stressful and extremely busy time, especially with the start of classes happening as well. It can also be difficult to decide whether or not to participate. I will say that it is a pretty large time commitment during the two weeks of rounds. However, it can turn out to be worth it in the end. The best part about rush isn't necessarily getting into the "best" Greek organization, it's about finding people who you feel comfortable around and who enjoy your company.

After shopping for all of my rush outfits over winter break, I arrived back at school for the start of second semester and the start of rush. My three roommates and I all had a very different experience with rush. One of them went to the introduction to rush and afterward decided that it wasn't quite for her, so she didn't even end up going through the rounds at all. Another one of my roommates went through the first round (also known as "Welcome Round") and dropped from the rushing process after. That left me and my last roommate, Cami, to complete the rest of the rounds on our own.

As the second weekend approached, Cami and I were pretty nervous but having a good time getting to know a lot of different girls and what each sorority was about. We even ended up becoming really good friends with a couple girls who lived in our hall. When we finally finished getting to know all of the sororities and narrowing down our choices, we got to take a bid. Cami and I ended up in different sororities, having extremely different experiences, but still remain close friends a year later.

Although rush can seem extremely stressful and even scary, the best part about it is meeting new people. Through this process, I made friends with girls in my sorority as well as girls who are a part of Greek life in general. The whole point of going through rush is to meet people who you connect with, whether they're in the same "group" as you or not. Although I wasn't sure if being in a sorority was my "thing," I'm glad I tried it out because I've gained so many worthwhile experiences as well as the opportunity for new friendships.

My biggest advice when deciding to go through or going through rush is to not give up. It's easy to get caught up in the stereotypes of Greek life and worry about if you'll fit in or not, but in reality, there's a place for everyone. However, if in the end, you decide it's not your cup of tea, there's no judgment in walking away.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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Don't Judge All Greek Life By The Mistakes Of A Few Greek Organizations

There are so many great things about Greek life that the media neglects.

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It feels like there's always something about Greek organizations in the headlines, whether it be about hazing, some organization getting kicked off, or some crazy party where someone jumped off a balcony and broke their leg.

However, there are never any headlines about all the positive aspects of Greek life. There are so many great things that are never talked about: the philanthropic aspects, the bonds that are made, the connections that can be achieved through alumni networks, etc. There are SO many positive takeaways from Greek life that never get discussed.

First of all, the bonds you make with your brothers or sisters is a HUGE part of Greek life. I've met some of my best friends through Greek life, and it makes you feel more connected on your college campus. I love my sorority because it's a good balance between social and academic, and there's always a sister willing to help you out. Everyone brings a diverse set of characteristics, experiences, and skills, and while not everyone will be best friends, everyone is willing to help you out and be there for you if they're able.

Additionally, there are so many great connections that can be made through Greek life. I've met the national president of my organization, and that's not something everyone can say. There's also a huge alumni network from people who were previously active in a sorority or fraternity on campus, and it's a talking point in interviews if your interviewer was also in Greek life.

Greek life is also great because you can meet all different types of people. By interacting with different sororities and fraternities, it's a great way to improve your interpersonal communication skills, and you never know who you may meet that could become a best friend. It also prepares you to talk to employers at networking receptions and other similar events because you're used to talking to people your own age, and while the context may be different, you're comfortable with talking to people you don't know.

Greek organizations raise millions of dollars annually for all kinds of different organizations: Autism Speaks, St. Jude's Hospital, Children's Miracle Network, etc. There's so much good that comes out of fundraising, and it's fun to volunteer for something bigger than yourself with your sorority or fraternity.

While some organizations do make mistakes, and these events are normally what we hear about, the mistakes of one organization shouldn't reflect badly on ALL members in that organization or all Greek life. There should definitely be a shift of priorities, but overall, most Greek organizations are fantastic and do a lot of good on campuses nationwide.

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