10 Reasons Your Sisters Are Your Life

10 Reasons Your Sisters Are Your Life

What would I do without my sisters?
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Sisterhood is a relationship in which girls within a family are assigned to be best friends until death. For the non-sister's this can be enigmatic and confusing phenomenon. Breaking apart the word sister isn't easy. It requires intense analysis, observation, and patience. However, these are the 10 reasons why the complex relationship of sisterhood makes your life that much better

1. Unlimited Wardrobe access

Your wardrobe is good. You like your closet. You can do without the left over tween clothing you exhausted in middle school, but, you’re happy. Now add some sisters into the picture. Your closet in combination with your sisters’ closet. Amazing. The variety of jeans just tripled. Options for purses? Doubled. Necklaces and earrings are at your fingertips. Now you love your wardrobe and that’s all thanks to your sisters.

2. Free therapy

Pissed at your parents, friends, or even boyfriend? Need people to vent to with detached, objective (somewhat) advice? Sisters! The perfect people to talk to about any or all adversities you face on a daily basis. They actually care so they will give you their best advice at all times. Let’s not forget the impromptu gossip sessions which always start from a nice venting session. What could be better?

3. Loyalty beyond belief

You get in an argument with your parents. Guess which side your sisters pick. Yours, of course. It’s a part of the unspoken sibling code. Even if you're wrong. They will always have your back and your side. Sisters are a highly exclusive alliance only a select few have the blessing to be a part of. Don’t take it for granted, seriously.

4. Personal Role Models

Whether you are younger or older your sisters are your role models. Each one has qualities that emulate class, femininity, and sophistication. All your sisters have amazing personalities unique to themselves. They set a standard that you look up to and want to meet. They challenge you to be the best version of yourself and always support you to be that person.

5. Your scheming buddies

Do you want to stay late after curfew? Throw a party while the parentals are out of town? You and your sisters are in cahoots. You scheme, trick and fool anyone and everyone. Together you are the ultimate trouble makers. Couldn’t be more fun, right?

6. Your toughest critics:

Your sisters invented the term brutal honesty. They will tell you how bad you look, smell, and act without a hint of concern for your self-esteem or dignity. But hey! Who else is going to tell you that those side bangs from 2008 were a bad idea?

7. Personal chauffeurs

You could Uber or taxi, but that requires money and a tolerance for creepy old men. Your sisters not only get you from one destination to another, but they are also a free and non- creepy method of transportation! Thank your sisters for all the times they drove to parties, took you shopping in the mall, and gave your rides for food. They will appreciate it.

8. The social hookup

Take all the people you know and multiply it by the number of sisters you have. That is your social network. All your friends know them and all their friends know you. It’s a perfect way to stay in touch indirectly and know all the gossip all the time. It truly couldn’t be a more efficient system of remaining in the loop.

9. Inevitable Forgiveness

Fights happen. Some of the nastiest fights can be with your sisters. Sisters know every insecurity and every weakness about you so it can get ugly. But deep down as much as there are anger and hate brewing, there is even more love. You can go from mobilizing for a third world war to besties within minutes. It’s the beauty of having sisters. They are your forever and always as Taylor Swift would put it.

10. Built in Best Friends

This was God’s way of giving you best friends from birth. You laugh, cry, tease and giggle through every stage of life. These are the girls that will be there through anything and everything. At any battle and every struggle, they are right behind you. That’s the difference between every other relationship and sisters. Not all friendships last, and not all romances bloom, but sisterhood is infinite. They love you even when they hate you. What more could you want?

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To The Girl Who Mocked My Sorority

Sorority girls seem to be getting more and more backlash, but why?
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To The Girl Who Mocked My Sorority,

I buy my friends? Wow. First time I’ve ever gotten that, good one.

Do you feel better now? Was it all you hoped for?

I doubt it.

I’m not the “typical” sorority girl but I’ve also come to the realization that there isn’t a “typical” sorority girl. We are all different and believe it or not we are all just like you. The letters I wear on my chest don’t make me stupid. They don’t make me a bitch. They don’t make me spoiled. They don’t make me an alcoholic. They don’t make me fake. They don’t make me a slut. And they sure as heck don’t make me any better than you.

What my letters made me is better than I was before.

Some sorority stereotypes are inevitable. Yes, I love my Big. Yes, my Littles are my life. I’m guilty of being a master with a glue gun, and I’ll admit that new letter shirts make me giddy as a 5-year-old on Christmas morning.

But here’s what you don’t know — before I joined my sorority I couldn’t speak to a group of five people without turning red. Now I help run meetings in front of 45 women. Before, I would never have had the courage to go up to a group of girls and sit with them for lunch. Now I’m actually invited (crazy, I know). Before, I struggled with my grades. Now I have sisters in my major offering help. Before, my resume was empty. Now, it's full of leadership positions and community service hours. Before, I didn’t quite feel accepted. Now, I’m welcomed lovingly into an extremely diverse group. What’s so bad about all of that?

I get it. Sororities aren’t for everyone. I’ll even go as far to say that some of us sorority girls can be a little much. But what’s the point of dissing something that you don’t understand? Next time you’re about to make a cruel stereotypical joke, think about how you would feel if someone did that to you. Instead of making fun of sorority girls, sit down with one and find out why it’s so important to her.

Sincerely,

A Proud Sorority Girl

Cover Image Credit: Megan Jones

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Sanctioning Sororities, Harvard? You Can Do Better

Taking away sororities on your campus is not going to make anything about your university better. If anything it's going to hurt it.

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There are many misconceptions about Greek life. According to a lot of people, Greek life is all about partying, drinking, drugs and loving ourselves more than anything else.

But Greek life isn't even close to any of that, it is so much more.

Harvard, sanctioning these organizations will NOT benefit your university.

Taking away these organizations means taking away potential friendships. It means taking away opportunities for your students to grow socially, academically, and professionally.

Being a part of a Greek organization has opened so many doors for me, and I can not express how thankful I am for that.I am an out-of-state student who decided to go across the country for school. I was terrified to go somewhere where I would know no one. Finding my sorority is what allowed me to be comfortable in a time where all I wanted to do was go home.

Now Harvard, people come from all over the world to have the prestigious title of owning a degree with your name all over it. Don't you think that they too are nervous to go somewhere where they might not know anyone? Don't you think that they might need a little help branching out and meeting people? Because I sure think so.

Being in a Greek organization is not about partying. It's not about seeing who can get the most likes on their social media, or being the most popular group of people on campus. It's about so much more.

It's about finding a home away from home.

It's about philanthropy.

It's about bettering the community around you.

Being a part of the greek community, you get to meet more people and experience more things than you would outside of these organizations. Because of my organization, I'm involved in South Carolina's Dance Marathon. I actually feel that I do better in school because I have more people to study with and have more people to ask questions to.

Kappa Kappa Gamma has given me the confidence to approach people and to network with others.

Basically, Harvard, I think that what you are doing is not a good idea.

Sanctioning these organizations on campus is taking away opportunities. Opportunities for women and really everyone to better themselves and your campus.

So, think twice before you really go through with this. Some of the most influential people in our world have been a part of these organizations, and continue to do great things for our country.

I know plenty of young women who can all say that their greek life organizations have changed their lives for the better and that they don't know where they would be without their sorority sisters and other members of the greek community.

Greek life could not have impacted my life more positively than it has, and I look forward to future young women that I know having the same experience as me. However, they can not have that experience if you simply take it away from them. Let people make their own decisions when choosing organizations that they wish to be a part of, do not make that decision for them.

Now that I've said my piece... please enjoy these pictures of myself and the people in the Greek Community who have impacted my life for the better and who truly make this world a better place.

Just a bunch of sorority girls who helped raise over ONE MILLION DOLLARS for our local children's hospitalphoto: Emily Riley

Going to formal where I had some of the most fun in my entire life along side some of my best friends. photo: Emily Riley

This girl next to me WILL change the world one day. I can guarantee it. photo: Emily Riley

The people who will be in my wedding. photo: Emily Riley

Three sorority women leading young college women to find their homes in Greek Life so they can hopefully find joy like this while in college also. photo: Emily Riley

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