Why go Greek? I was asked this question by many different people throughout the summer before I began rush.My answer was simple: to meet new people and be a part of something great. I went into rush and fell in love with my sorority. It was the first house I looked for when I received my schedule each round and it was the only name I wanted to read on Bid Day.
On Bid Day, as I was running to my favorite house, I suddenly
realized that I knew no one. None of my friends had chosen the same sorority. Though
I was surrounded by hundreds of excited girls, I just felt awkward and alone. Most
people had one, two or even ten close friends surrounding them, laughing and
having fun. I was just thankful we were assigned “Bid Day buddies” so I wasn’t completely by myself.
Now I heard Bid Day tends to be awkward, so I didn’t think too much of it. However in the following weeks to come, I still felt alone. Of course, people welcomed me and talked to me, but not enough time had passed to where I had become extremely close friends with some of these girls. I mean, I had only known them for about a month, and I’m not exactly an extreme extrovert.
I began to question if I’d made the right choice, or if I should’ve gone what all my high school friends went. I’m not particularly shy, but I’m also not one to throw myself into a close-knit group of friends. However, after some time passed, I discovered that I was definitely not the only feeling that way. I's soon found that close group of girls I’d been looking for and realized I was exactly where I needed to be. There was no other sorority that I needed to be a part of.
Moral of the story, go with your gut. If your gut is telling you to choose one house but all of your friends are choosing another, choose the one you want! It’s an extremely personal decision. Every chapter has a variety of girls and you’re bound to fit in somewhere. Although choosing a house that my friends didn’t choose left me feeling awkward and vulnerable, it forced me to branch out, become more outgoing and step out of my comfort zone, qualities I dearly needed to improve on. No matter what sorority or fraternity you choose, you will find some of your best friends and you will know you chose what was best for you.