The truth about sororities

Sororities Aren't Just About The Parties—They Are Worth So Much More

For most people, when they hear about a sorority their thoughts will immediately go to parties, but they consist of much more than that.

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Since before I can remember, whenever sororities were mentioned, all people would talk about was partying. This led to me, and those around me, thinking that's all sororities were. This state of mind on such a matter ended up lasting until I began looking into joining a sorority myself.

I've never been one to party, but due to my social struggles, I had decided to look into joining a sorority, hoping it would help me make new friends in the unfamiliar experience of college. Once looking into it, I finally realized the truth about sororities. Yes, there is a good amount of partying included, but nobody is forced to join the parties, drinking, or anything of that sort.

In fact, from what I've seen and heard, many sororities are very academically motivated. A few examples of how different sororities seem to have made academics a priority is that to even get in, different sororities set different standards GPA wise, and for some, they will decide who can live in the house by what their college GPA was. For those who do end up living in the sorority house, certain houses may also have other GPA motivations such as which day rooms one can get or the sleeping area/bunk they prefer.

For those who don't decide to live in, many sororities will make sure their members/sisters do what they call study tables for a certain amount of time per week. If a sister doesn't have the required GPA by the end of the semester, they may increase the required amount of study table hours for that one person. Study tables are pretty self-explanatory. Often sororities will rent different rooms for certain amounts of time per day where any members of that sorority can go to those rooms to study. There will also often be sorority sisters assigned to proctor the other members and log their study hours.

In the end, sororities are not just about the parties. So, if you are worried about being able to fit in or make friends at college, I highly encourage you to join a sorority. They are filled with sweet, highly supportive girls who won't pressure you into anything unless it is for your own good, such as school-related topics. I have only been a part of my sorority for a year, and I already consider my sorority to be my home away from home, and my sisters to be friends I will never forget.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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I Didn't Join A Panhellenic Sorority

It's okay if you don't join a panhellenic sorority. Sometimes a different organization can turn out to be the best thing.

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Before going to college I was faced with a dilemma, should I rush? I wanted to rush just for the social aspect, I thought it would be my best shot at making a bunch of friends. However, deep down I knew that greek life really wasn't me. I didn't want to do something if I wasn't one hundred percent behind it. There was a part of me that did want to be in a sorority but the other part of me really didn't want to rush. Let me be clear, I don't think Greek life is bad, I just think it wasn't for me. I talked to my brother and sister-in-law about this because they both were in Greek life at the college I attend now; they told me that they didn't think I would like it either.

What my brother and sister-in-law told me that I might like was, a Christian sorority called Sigma Phi Lambda. When they described it to me it seemed like exactly what I was wanting. As soon as I got to college I sought them out; and I went to their recruitment nights. I loved it! It was exactly what I was looking for. I ended up joining. This sorority brought me an amazing group of friends! Most importantly, I have joined the perfect sorority for me! A few things I liked most about Sigma Phi Lambda was the people were so welcoming, it was more low key and laid back, I was still able to have a big and a "Pham", we still did lots of sorority things whilst also having activities that strengthened us on our walks with the Lord, and I gained so many sisters that I now have strong relationships with. Sigma Phi Lambda gave me so many friends and something to be involved in on campus. They gave me somewhere to belong and I am so glad I chose to join them.

Rushing may be exactly what you need when you go to college, but if it's not that is okay. Just join something that makes you happy. Join an organization that helps you grow and surrounds you with people that you want to be around. I promise when you get to college that there is an organization for just about everything, find the one that fits you. No matter what you choose I promise it's good. Just make sure you choose what is right for you.

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