All The Benefits You Get From Joining A Collegiate Sorority

To The Woman Who Doesn't Want To Join A Sorority, Just DO IT, Sister

I went from vowing to never be a part of Greek life to joining a sorority and absolutely loving it, and here's why.


In my family, I have quite an extensive history when it comes to Greek life. My mom, my grandmother, and my aunts were all in sororities, while my dad, my grandfather, and my uncles were all in fraternities. It only seemed right that when I went to college, I would be more than eager to be a part of Greek life. However, it was actually the last thing I wanted to do.

The first time I had ever seriously thought about being in a sorority was about two years ago when my older sister was about to go through recruitment. If you're new to this whole process, "recruitment" is the week when potential new members visit all of the sorority houses, going back to fewer and fewer each day until they get an invitation from one house to join. Until hearing about my sister's experience, Greek life was just a thing of the movies to me; everything I knew about it came from fictionalized worlds. And because of the negative picture the media had painted for me and the fact that I was an angsty 16-year-old who didn't want to do anything, I refused to follow in my sister's path and rejected the idea of joining a sorority.

In all honesty, I thought it was silly and that I was too good to join this kind of an organization.

At this point in my life, I think a major thing that turned me off from the idea of joining a sorority was the way Greek life is portrayed in movies and television. All the partying, hazing, constantly being judged for your looks, not caring about education and basically every other stereotype just really rubbed me the wrong way. A perfect example of this is the movie "Sydney White." Although I do love this movie, it portrays Greek life in such a negative way. In this movie, there's cruel hazing, women being ridiculed for their weight and looks and are generally filled with characters that are shallow, brainless and one-dimensional.

However, after actually joining a sorority, I can tell you that there is nothing further from the truth.

I think what initially changed my mind about deciding to go through recruitment and join a sorority was hearing about my sister's experience. She met women just like her; women who shared the same interests, passions, and values. I was able to see her create new friendships that were genuine and strongly bound, all because of the sisterhood she found through her sorority. And after not having the best experience with high school friendships, there was nothing I wanted more than a strong support system of women.

Still, there was definitely some fear while I was going through recruitment.

Not every sorority is alike, and not even every chapter of the same sorority is alike. But thankfully, I found a home with women who inspire me and push my boundaries (in a positive and beneficial way). I found a home with women who have the same sense of humor as me and are artistic like me. And most importantly, I found a home with women who are motivated, passionate and genuine friends who care about your well-being. That negative fictionalized reality I had created in my mind of what Greek life was like has now completely vanished. Instead, my reality consists of laughter, friendships, support, role models, guidance and sisterhood.

So here I am now, a girl who went from never wanting to be a part of Greek life to now currently wearing a sorority sweatshirt while writing on my laptop that's covered in sorority stickers. Don't let stereotypes create a false image of what Greek life is like - give it a chance, I promise you won't regret it.

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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.


Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100 percent real" and that incoming freshman should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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To My Graduating Great-Grand Big, Sister By Chance, And Friends By Choice

You were the first person I ever met in my sorority before I even knew I was going to be in that sorority, little did I know I would be crying over the fact that you're leaving


To my Great-Grand Big,

If it wasn't for you I wouldn't be a part of such an amazing family here at UA. You were the first person I met here at UA that wasn't a freshman.

Little did I know you would spend more than just a week with me.

Little did I know you would make such an impact on my life.

Little did I know I was going to be your great-grand little.

Coming to UA not knowing anyone was already super stressful, but going through rush added so much more stress on it. Having you as my Rho Chi eliminated so much of that stress. I always felt like I could come and talk to you. You were my biggest supporter. I don't think I would have been able to get through rush without you.

So, finding out that we were in the same sorority on Bid Day was just the greatest news ever.

Having you in the same sorority already made me feel at home. At first, it was scary because I didn't know a lot of people and the idea of big/little was thrown at us right away. I didn't know many upperclassmen so how was I gonna find a big? You introduced me to your roommate and we clicked right away. We all hung out and I was so happy to find friends like the two of you. When Jaci was my temporary big the idea of having both you in my family seemed like a dream to me. I couldn't wait to be a part of such an amazing family. You were always including me in things and hanging out with me.

When the day came that I found out that Jaci was my big and you were my GGB, it was the second best day of my life. The first getting my bid to Gamma Phi. Running home to a family like yours was the best thing ever. Our family has its ups and downs, but I know I can always rely on you and everyone in our family.

This past year has been so great and it didn't hit me until today that you wouldn't be here next year. You're only a four-hour car ride away from me at home, but it's so sad to think I won't see you at chapter, or at dinner or all the above. Joining a sorority I hoped that I would be close to my whole family in it. You made that possible and without you, I don't know if I would be where I am today.

This past year you have not only my best friend but a role model for me. You are a strong, independent and amazing women and I hope that when I am in your shoes three years from now that I am where you are today. I'm going to miss you so much next year so you better come visit. You helped me through my freshman year of college and I thank you so much for that. I can't see myself here without you. You have been with me from the start. You will always be my great-grand big, but most importantly you will always be one of my best friends.

We became sisters by chance, but are friends by choice and I wouldn't have anyone else as my great-grand big. I love you and I'm going to miss you!



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