After a first semester of not enjoying classes, and not making as many friends as I thought (though I did find some great ones), I decided to rush. I have never felt better about a decision in my life. These girls have already become some of my closest friends, but finding a balance between Greek life and my first semester friends is something I have definitely not mastered.
One thing that is probably the hardest about the first few months of being in a sorority is finding where you fit in. The girls are all so nice but finding your "little circle" can be difficult when you want to get to know everyone. Luckily I have now found my group and they are, like all of my sisters, amazing people. Trying to build these new relationships while still maintaining the ones from last semester is something I have struggled with because there are only so many hours in a day.
The past two months I have been trying to find a balance between making new friends and avoiding being left in the dust when everyone is finding their circle, and maintaining my old circle. Let me just tell you, I am exhausted.
I have never been busier than after joining my sorority. Chapter meetings, lunches with my new sisters, philanthropy events, and more all add up to a lot of fun but also feelings of disappointment when I have to sacrifice things such as dinner with my future roommates.
People tell you that time management is key to success in college and they are completely right. Classes, homework, along with what seems like never-ending exams or due dates piled up with sorority commitments AND trying to maintain a social life is not an easy task.
It is all worth it though.
I wish there were more hours in a day but all in all, I would not change anything about my decision to join my sorority.
After being a new member and becoming an initiated member, I have expanded my friendship circles so much and for that, I am grateful. I was involved in everything in high school and now my sorority allows me to be a part of something bigger at Virginia Tech. So many doors have been opened for me in leadership and philanthropic opportunities.
I have tried my best to not overload my days, but stay somewhat busy and the sorority has given me many sisterhood events to look forward to, as well as simply providing opportunities to meet new people. It can be intimidating to “start over” and find a friend group in a sorority, but by being friendly and saying yes to hanging out, or going to events together, you can find your people easily and make the most of it!
To all of the girls struggling to find a balance like me, I wish you the best of luck. Enjoy your time with your sisters and the other people who have made your college experience great!