Brace yourselves children, sorority recruitment is upon us. This is the week in which sorority girls far and wide are gearing up to introduce a number of smiling new faces into their chapter. They've planned, rehearsed, discussed, shopped, pinterest-ed, met, talked, and everything in between, all for the magical day that is Bid Day. I think whether you're in a sorority or fraternity, or you don't care about Greek Life at all, each of us can still appreciate finding a place, a home, or a family to call our own.
When I came to ONU, I was sort of interested in going Greek after I saw my sister do it. On the one hand I thought I didn't want to be "one of those sorority girls" (SPOILER: I AM ONE AND I LOVE IT). But on the other hand I was intrigued. I saw these friendships and all this fun these girls were having and I wanted that too. I could sit here and tell you how much my sorority means to me, and how I've found those friendships, and had that fun, but instead I'd like to tell you about some of the things I wasn't expecting to find, but I did.
1. A National BondIt was obvious to me that sororities are on the national level. But it wasn't as obvious to me that these letters that I now wear, someone across the country is sporting too. This chapter immediately becomes a part of you, and you become a part of it. And now this is something you and millions of other girls across the country all have in common. You all believe in the same ideals, learn about the same founders, support the same philanthropy, say the same creed, and so much more. I follow ZTA's national Twitter account, and I love seeing and hearing stories about Zeta's all over the country. It brings people together, and I absolutely love that.
2. DiversityIt seems like one of the stigmas around sorority women is that we're all the same. But I can tell you from experience, that is further from the truth. We have things in common, obviously, there's no way 70+ women would get along if we didn't. But it surprises me every time I find out something new or interesting about one of my sisters. It excites me when they're comfortable enough to talk to me about something that isn't so easy to talk about. I love hearing about everyone's pasts. It's so refreshing coming from high school where you grew up with everyone, and you know all of their stories, but in college, you know a very small chapter of their story. I learn in new ways every single day that we are all from different walks of life, with common purposes and values that unite us within our chapter.
3. We LOVE FoodIf you know me, it's probably no secret that I love food. Coming into a sorority I was worried that I'd be alone in that thought, but honey, that is just NOT the truth. These women love to eat. If you say free pizza on your invite, count on us being there. On a more serious note, there is no judgment in general. You are free to be who you want to be, and you will be loved and supported no matter what.
To be honest, I never thought of myself as the "sorority girl type". But that's because there really isn't just ONE. We're so diverse and can respect and appreciate each others differences, but at the same time we all stand for the same things. If you haven't signed up for formal recruitment, I strongly encourage that you think about it again. It can really change your life, it did mine.
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