The 7 Best Things About Being In A Sorority

The 7 Best Things About Being In A Sorority

It's about more than posting cute Instagram photos.
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Greek life has a really bad reputation, and some organizations have earned it. However, most Greek organizations center around friendship, philanthropy and academics, not parties and alcohol. When I decided to rush my sorority, I had no idea what I was in for. I will never forget the feeling of running into the arms of 150 girls who all considered themselves my sisters when I was in a college town far from home thinking I was alone. That being said, for those who are thinking about rushing or just learning about the Greek community, out of all the amazing things that make up sorority life, seven truly stand out.

1. An Endless Network of Best Friends

Sororities provide an open door to an endless amount of internship opportunities, friends to hang out with, help with school and emergency numbers to call when you’re in a pinch. Joining in a sorority is like gaining any number of best friends that will help you out when you really need it.


2. Philanthropy

Each Greek organization is tied to a specific philanthropy; Alpha Delta Pi does Ronald McDonald house, Delta Delta Delta works with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and Delta Gamma even has their own philanthropy called Service for Sight, along with being involved with other organizations. Philanthropy events are a way for those Greek life to get involved; oftentimes, if a sorority or fraternity holds a fundraising event, they invite the other organizations at their school to join in with them to raise even more money and to get all of Greek life on campus involved. Joining a sorority is about more than making friends; it is an opportunity to change lives and help the community.


3. Getting Your Family

For those outside the sorority world, this may not make much sense. When you enter a sorority or fraternity, you meet a lot of older members. One of these members will become your big brother or big sister. Getting your big is like finding your soulmate, only better. In sororities, your big sister spoils you with gifts and at the end of the reveal week, there’s a big reveal where your big jumps out and surprises you...even though you totally knew who she was the entire time.


4. The T-shirts

Sorority girls are known for having a t-shirt for everything, even if it’s just sitting in the house eating pizza together, calling it a “sisterhood event." From sorority girls everywhere, we thank you Comfort Colors.


5. Events

Mixers, sisterhood events and everything in between always provide you with opportunities to fill your calendar up. Being in a sorority, you will never go bored. Plus, these events mean there are endless opportunities to get closer to your sisters!

6. Bid Day

Bid day is everyone’s favorite day. It’s the day you get to run home to your new sisters, and it’s a party. It’s singing, screaming, cute t-shirts, hugs and losing your voice. It will grow to be one of your favorite memories with your sorority and your pledge class.

7. True Sisterhood

Sisterhood is the most important aspect of your sorority. No matter what your letters are, feeling at home is the most important part of being in a sorority and probably the best.


Being in a sorority is more than just cute Instagram pictures, fun parties or hand signs. It’s finding a family, a home away from home and real sisters.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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I'm A Sorority Girl And A ROTC Member, It's The Best Of Both Worlds

Instead of only being in ROTC or only being involved in Greek life, why not be part of both?

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I feel like I live a double life. Some weekends I spend going to date parties and sports games. Other weekends, I am stuck in a field doing land navigation and eating MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). A friend once described this lifestyle as having "multiple hats." She explained it as you have a hat for each different part of your life. For example, my main difference is my ROTC and sorority hat.

ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. In the short term, this means that I am training to be an Officer in the United States Army. When I graduate college, I will then start my career in the Army. The way I present my "ROTC hat" now is going to determine my career later on. My hat shows me I have to be motivated and strict. My obligations include dedicating my mornings, class time, and extra volunteer hours to ROTC. Being up at 5 a.m. three days a week and taking 21 credit hours my second semester of college is a perfect example of why I have to stay motivated and strict on my self.

Being in a sorority, however, is the perfect breath of fresh air that helps me stay sane. It is a support system and friendship. My sorority helps me realize that college is supposed to be a fun life experience, not just a step in life. My "sorority hat" is carefree and fun. Although I am very busy with my other obligations, my sorority makes it easy to stay involved with date parties and philanthropy events.

In my position, I have been very overwhelmed trying to be successful with every hat I put on. Coming into college, I was very skeptical about sorority recruitment because I was worried about not being able to juggle it all. I am here now finishing up my freshman year of college, so thankful I pushed myself to be completely submerged in involvement. Being as involved as I am has helped me gain best friends as well as great memories.

I have been pushed to the limit these past two semesters, but it shows me what I am capable of. Finishing my freshman year, I am more confident in myself and what I want in life. Having these obligations has helped me develop time management skills. With the help of my two hats, I stay level headed and they have helped me realize that I can be who I want to be. Just because I am in ROTC does not mean I have to fit in a cookie cutter shape of being a cadet, just like being in a sorority does not mean I am a reflection of the stereotype of sorority girls. Just in my first year of college, I have already learned so much from both of these organizations and they have helped me develop into who I am today.

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