The 10 Commandments Of Being A Sorority Girl, As Told By A Non-Sorority Girl

The 10 Commandments Of Being A Sorority Girl, As Told By A Non-Sorority Girl

Sorority girls are a species of their own.

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In the world of Greek life, there are plenty of rules and guidelines for frat boys and sorority girls to follow strictly. I know maybe two of the real ones, but it seems that there are several unspoken rules that any outsider can see. Here are a few:

1. Thou shalt refer to any fellow sorority member only as "sister."

It doesn't matter if they were your roommate, your friend, your cousin, your professor, or even your mom; if they become part of your sorority, they are only "sister" from now on. In every single story you will ever tell, they will exclusively be sister from this point forward.

​2. Thou shalt always boost your sisters' Insta posts.

Turn on post notifications because it's in the job requirement to always make sure that no sister posts anything without a proper "YAASSSS, QUEEEEN" in the comments. Even if she's not in it, she should know that her pics of Niagara Falls are ON POINT.

3. Thou shalt stock up on Greek t-shirts and wear them frequently.

There is seemingly no event that is off limits for making a t-shirt for. Blood drive? T-shirt. Movie night? T-shirt. President got her wisdom teeth out? T-shirt. Wear those boys everywhere.

​4. Remember bid day and keep it sparkly.

Bid day seems to be a holiday like no other. Bathe yourself in body glitter and welcome the new sisters. This is a day that is not to be reckoned with.

5. Thou shalt not be seen without a sister.

You now have 20+ best friends to choose from. Do NOT go anywhere without one of them. Whether you're just going to get your mail or you're headed to a concert, make sure that you have a sister with you at all times.

6. Thou shalt not be seen without Greek letters.

Usually, this is displayed on a tote bag that should be carried at all times. If you're one of the four sorority girls in existence without a Greek letter tote bag, display your letters on a t-shirt with a pocket that features your Greek letters instead. A laptop sticker may also suffice in a pinch.

7. Thou shalt never refer to another Greek organization by its full name.

This is a language all its own that I assume must come in a Greek life handbook. It is not "Tau Kappa Epsilon" it is "TKE" but pronounced "Teke." It's not "Sigma Phi Epsilon," it's "Sig Ep" and you'll look like a fool if you should choose to talk about the Sigma Phi Epsilon party you're going to later.

​8. Thou shalt have a discussion with each sister about your "side" for pictures and plan accordingly for all group shots.

If this means all getting in a line and looking to the side to accommodate same-sided sisters, so it shall be. There is not a pose in existence that cannot accommodate the respective side of each sister.

​9. Thou shalt not dislike thy big or littles.

I don't know how it's possible that every single sorority sister should be able to be matched with someone that inevitably becomes their best friend, but this is the way of the world. I have yet to see a little that doesn't like their big or vice versa. I am interested to see if such a pair exists in the real world.

10. Thou shalt always throw up your letters in photos.

No matter where you go, make sure the world knows what you're representing. Whether it be on vacation or just a concert or festival, throw up those Greek signs, sister. Be proud of the organization you're representing.

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30 Things I Learned On Spring Break With 30 Sorority Girls

Spring break turned me into spring broke real quick.

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I went on a spring break trip with thirty sorority girls, most of them being in my sorority. Through this experience, you learn a lot... like a lot a lot. It was probably the best week I have ever had at the beach before, but also probably the craziest week I have ever had at the beach.

1. RIP to your sunnies.

Those cute new pair of sunnies you JUST bought for the trip? You'll get a good two days use out of them before they go missing or get broken, but hey who cares IT'S SPRING BREAK.

2. Girls are just as gross if not more gross than guys.

Believe it or not, this is true. Our house was just as trashed as a frat house, but hey you wake up, clean, and start over because IT'S SPRING BREAK.

3. Always wear pants and a bra because somebody will have boys over downstairs.

Honestly, if you just stay in your swim suit the whole time you will always technically be dressed, be ready to swim, be ready to tan, ready to do anything. It is considered an outfit because IT'S SPRING BREAK.

4. Do not dare a frat guy to jump in the pool unless you are ready to go with him. 

Oh, you dared Chad to jump in the pool? good luck Charlie! Frat guys don't care if you have a full face of makeup, hair done, the outfit on, or EVEN SHOES ON. You are going in too because IT'S SPRING BREAK.

5. You may wear your clothes, but other girls are too.

Girls will constantly borrow each other's clothes and wear them like it is there. It's not a big deal, and it is actually pretty funny. The only issue is when that piece of clothing suddenly disappears, you'll never get it back.

6. Waking up an intoxicated girl is like waking up a bear in hibernation. 

One false move and you wake her up... the whole house waking up. Just never admit it was you who woke her up or else that's a whole other crazy.

7. Write your name on literally everything.

With thirty girls, there is no way you could keep up with who had what groceries or which beach towel belongs to which girl. Just throw your initials on there in Sharpie and you are good to go.

8. Some people don't care if you write your name on everything.

They must have missed seeing my name written all over it!

9. The pool floats have a two day life.

The poor pool floats will last maybe two or three days before they either deflate or explode. Enjoy them while you can!

10. You can either make new best friends or new enemies.

Some girls you can grow really close to and become new best friends even after the trip, but sometimes you can create enemies.

11. You will see more boobs in one week than in your entire life.

Thirty girls in one house = not a lot of privacy.

12. Your house will turn into a homeless shelter.

When another house gets evicted, you will wake up to a ton of people sleeping on your living room floor.

13. What is silence?

Somebody will ALWAYS be yelling about something.

14. Time is non existent.

You sleep when you are tired, you have fun when you are awake. Time is just a number.

15. Showering with other girls is a very normal thing.

Uncomfortable showering with other girls? Hope you like a cold shower.

16. Speakers are not suppose to survive.

If you don't blow out at least one speaker, you are not doing spring break right.

17. Parking your car is like putting a puzzle together.

Ten cars? One driveway? Good luck Charlie.

18. Some neighbors can be cool.

I appreciated the neighbors who just came and told us to quiet down if we were being too loud. They are real for that.

19. Going anywhere as a group is basically impossible.

To bring thirty girls to one place at one time? There is no way that's happening.

20. Don't try and throw anything to each other.

Getting something thrown to you off the balcony seems like a solid idea until you don't aim right and break your pinky finger, ouch.

21. People will do anything anywhere.

I will leave it at that

22. People will always take your picture for you.

Without a question.

23. There is one girl that will be the only one doing laundry/dishes.

Make sure to tell her thank you because that's very annoying.

24. You will get woken up very often.

Nobody cares what time it is, but when people are ready to start the day...everybody starts the day.

25. People will develop alternate egos.

It just happens sometimes, but they are pretty funny.

26. You will have a good time.

At first, I was like oh my god this is about to be a drama fest. In reality, it really wasn't.

27. The floor will become luggage.

You'll have to crawl, jump, slide over people's stuff because we have to bring our whole closet just in case!

28. You will leave something.

There are at least three things I forgot to pack, it happens.

29. You could make a really funny reality TV show.

If there were security cameras, we could become famous.

30. I would do it again!

Without a doubt, I would definitely go on another trip like that again.

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No Matter How Much You Flaunt Your Letters, Greek Life Does Not Define You

Do what makes you happy, not what everyone else is doing.

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As a student at a university with a major sorority and fraternity presence, I know that those unaffiliated, like myself, can't help but wonder if there's something that we're missing out on. Seeing everyone walk around flaunting their letters can make a non-member feel a little left out. I have been told straight to my face "you're going to regret it if you don't rush." But, in all honesty, I don't.

Now, don't get me wrong, being a part of a sorority or a fraternity sounds incredibly fun. With formals to hold, fundraising events to be a part of, "sister photo shoots" to have, and socials to go to, there never seems to be a dull moment for a Greek life member. Not to mention, those affiliated say they have made their absolute best friends through their sororities or fraternities. My friends that are a part of Greek life are always gloating about it, and I can see why. I joined my past roommate at one of her sorority formals and I genuinely had a ball being able to dress up and pretend it was prom again.

However, as wonderful as all of this is, you don't need to be a part of Greek life in order to have THE college experience. Having letters on your shirts does not mean you are any better or any worse of a student than those without them. The letters do not define you.

As an unaffiliated college student, I have still been able to find my group of "forever friends," join clubs, spend nights out, and get an education (since that is, after all, what we're all here for). As cool as it is to be able to stick Greek letters on the back of your laptop, for me, it just leaves more room for stickers of Harry Styles.

Thankfully, college is a lot different than high school — there aren't really any cliques or status rankings. So, if you aren't a part of Greek life, that does not automatically put you at the bottom of the social ladder. At the end of the day, your affiliation does not matter at all. Instead of using a sorority or fraternity as a resumé booster, unaffiliated students can fill those blanks with other work, internship, volunteer, or extracurricular opportunities.

Sure, being a Greek life member may allow you to network and get connections for future careers, but it isn't the only way to do

so. Employers will not pick those in a fraternity over those who are not. They simply look for well-rounded individuals who are involved in something.

So, whether or not you're a part of a sorority or fraternity, I applaud you for making your own decisions and hopefully taking the college route that you wanted to. It does not matter what you are affiliated with, as long as it makes you happy. Otherwise, you aren't missing out on anything special.

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