Greek Life-- is it for you?
Going to college is an exciting, sometimes scary transition, at least for me it was. What was I going to major in, who would I hang out with, would my classes be too hard, would I fail out entirely? I was full of questions and the future was a frightening place. One of my biggest worries was making friends. I came from a really big high school in Phoenix- half my graduating class was also coming to UA. So the problem wasn’t that I didn’t have friends, but that I wanted to branch out and make new ones. Some older girls from my high school had talked to me briefly about “Going Greek.” The only thing I knew about sororities was the preconceived notion that all sorority women were vapid and brainless. My older friends who had rushed seemed to love it, and I needed to branch out from my group of friends from home, so I decided to give it a try.
Although I had my concerns, deciding to “Go Greek” ended up being the best decision I have made in my college career. I joined my sorority to make new friends, but I wasn’t expecting to meet 300 new friends who shared the same values and goals as I do. A sorority is more than a social organization, or “paying for friends.” It is a way to make a lifelong connection with women who are truly balanced in all aspects of college life. As a senior I am terrified to graduate, but I know wherever I end up, there will be an alumni chapter of my sorority, because it is not just for four years, but also for life.
The first step in deciding to "Go Greek" is to eliminate all preconceived notions of sororities from your mind. Sororities care about so much more than just partying and frat boys. Every chapter participates in philanthropy events and supports a charity organization of their choice, and raises money for their respective organizations throughout the year. Academics are a huge part of joining a sorority as well, and most chapters require a minimum GPA to even consider inviting you to become a new member. Aside from philanthropy and academics, the most important part of joining a sorority is the sisterhood. Some people think I’m crazy when I refer to my “sisters,” but what I really mean is best friends. Sorority sisters know how to make you laugh when you’re having a crappy day, or when to simply be quiet and listen. They know what song to play when you’re sad, and how to make your day. I would not trade my sorority experience for anything because I know it has made me the well-rounded and ambitious woman I am today.
They say joining a sorority means paying for your friends, but if that’s true, than I am not paying nearly enough. Interested in Greek Life? Follow the link for more information: http://greek.arizona.edu/prospective