Greek life at Florida Gulf Coast University is definitely not like other schools. We don't have houses, our chapters our small, and there's a whole lot of love that goes around. We may be competitive when it comes to philanthropy events, but at the end of the day, we're always there to support one another. And it's a boat load of fun. Here's the FGCU Greek Life Dictionary.
A: A Sister Is
A phrase used when a sister helps out another sister in any way. Not followed by anything. Just said as is.
B is for Bid Day
Bid Day, Best Day!!! The day to welcome all our new babies to the family!
C is for Chapter
Usually two hours of council updating you on Greek life happenings. Can be super boring. Mandatory, but you get to see your sisters/brothers.
D is for Dues
Pricy, unavoidable, not a fan favorite.
E is for Eagles (duh!)
Eagles are the FGCU mascot, for those of you who don't know.
F: Frat Parties
Usually on Fridays or Saturdays, but honestly unpredictable. See "San Carlos".
G is for Grab-a-Date
The worst kind of socials if you don't know that many guys. (Pro-tip: make sure your guy doesn't flake on you last minute or you'll have to pay a fine.)
H is for Hot Outside
Florida heat + philanthropy events outside = certain death. Make sure you bring lots of water, sunscreen, and a cheery disposition.
I is for Initiation
The day you officially become a member of your organization. Exciting, kind of creepy during ritual, lots of pictures taken after.
J is for Just A Good Time
A phrase used to describe a frat party the day after when your friend who couldn't go asks how it was.
K is for Keys
Officially known as Keys Bar and Grille, great place to throw socials. Wednesdays are Ladies' Nights, so take advantage of that if you don't have class on Thursdays.
L is for Little/Big Reveal
Best day ever! Well, second to bid day. You find your forever family! Also lots of pictures, maybe even free food. Depends on your big.
M is for McDonalds
Nothing hits better than grabbing McDonalds after a philanthropy event, social, or party. It's fast, cheap, and delicious. #convenient.
N is for Nursing Program
This is a nearly-impossible program to get into, and I cannot tell you the amount of times we've cheered a sister for working her booty off to get in to the program. Shoutout to all my nursing majors.
O is for Open Minded
What every Rho Gamma will tell you during recruitment if you even mention you like a sorority before meeting them.
P is for Pledges
You know the drill, they come into chapter, sing a little song for the ladies, get on everyone's snapchat stories, and then humbly take their leave. Pledge season is the bomb.
Q is for Quick
It can be quick to feel at home when you're in the right place. It's a great feeling too. (For things that are not quick, see "Chapter".)
R is for Rush/Recruitment
Most stressful time of your life, undoubtedly. The nerves are high, but the results are worth it.
S is for San Carlos
The home to every "frat house" ever. If you haven't been to a party in San Carlos, you haven't lived.
T is for Toga Parties
Undeniably the worst theme. How am I supposed to look cute in my twin-xl sized sheet from my dorm room. Not a good look.
U is for Unique
FGCU Greek Life is really like no other Greek Life anywhere else, and we definitely pride ourselves on that.Just
V is for Visits
Aka chapter visits. Best when there's only like 3 visits, because you still get interaction, but it keeps chapter short enough that it stays under two hours.
W is for Wine Wednesdays
Even if you're underage, there's always some sort of Wednesday wine celebration going on that you can just go to dance at.
X is for XL tshirts
Even if they're too big for you, with a pair of shorts, your rocking the classic sorority girl look.
U is for
Y is for Yelling
A common activity at every event ever. Whether your cheering people on, yelling out chants, or just screaming with excitement, it can get pretty noisy.
Z is for Zero Time
Greek life will definitely eat up a lot of your time, and with lots of hard classes? Have fun trying to manage it all!