It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with all things Greek. (Both the country and college organizations, but today we’re talking sororities.) Over the next few weeks, so many girls will be going through recruitment in order to find the right sorority for them. I wanted to share the stories of a couple of my favorite bloggers today about their sorority experiences.
|Charlotte (left) and Ryann|
Charlotte: From Carolina Cotton to Illinois Corn
would be in. I had friends in the sorority, and never even thought
about being interested in another chapter. I had almost gone ahead and
bought these Greek letters for my car! The first night of recruitment, I
had a terrible realization. I had nothing in common with the group I
thought I so desperately wanted. I knew my roommate was going that way
regardless, so as I got farther and farther down the road during
recruitment I learned that I had to make the best decision for ME. My
mom wasn’t Greek and thought that I HAD to go this one particular way
because she didn’t want her friend or her friend’s daughter to be
disappointed in me. I mentioned to some of my group of friends after the
2nd night (theme night at Wofford), that I truly thought that ZTA was
where I belonged. Many of them came in thinking the same thing that I
did. We didn’t talk about what sorority we chose after Pref round. We
waited until Bid Day to run out to each other to be excited about our
new sisters. Turns out, we all went ZTA and are still very best friends
to this day.
different sorority. We both went to each other’s crush parties, and
helped each other get dressed for formals without the added stress of
getting ready yourself! We could give each other the insight and the
good gossip, of course without telling one another.
So, in a nutshell, go with your heart. You can hear
great things about one chapter but fall in love with another. Do not
worry about hurting ANYONE’s feelings!! ZTA became my life at Wofford,
and whatever chapter you choose, I hope you love it too!”
|Darby with bridesmaids|
Darby: Life with the Hawleys
“As a DZ at Randolph-Macon College, I had some of the
best and most memorable experiences of my life. I cannot think back to
college without considering the impact of DZ. However, as much as I
enjoyed the sorority experience, it pales in comparison to the support I
have received post-graduation. My sisters have encouraged me in the
tough times, laughed with me through the good times, and stood by my
side during the most life altering events like my wedding day. I am
constantly amazed when I meet a new sister and how we already have a
deep connection from such a vast (and national) sisterhood. The
sisterhood goes beyond the college experience and truly is forever.”
I’ve talked a little bit about my own sorority experience before, but here’s the whole story:
I always knew that I wanted to join a sorority. No one in my immediate family had gone Greek before. In fact, I was one of the first to go to college. I remember going to the Convocation fair and seeing all of the tables set up for the different groups. I planned to wait until my sophomore year to go through recruitment. I made my way over to one of the sorority’s tables and told them my plan. They urged me to go ahead and take the plunge. They told me that I might miss out on an entire year of experiences if I didn’t do it now.
So I went back to my dorm room and signed up. Recruitment at my school was the second week of September and I was given a Rho Gamma, or recruitment guide. I spent those few weeks becoming really good friends with the girls in my group and was sad to think that we would shortly be split apart into different sisterhoods.
The first day of recruitment came and I was so scared. I wanted to make a good impression but didn’t know what was to come!
|Little me and my Rho Gamma!|
For those of you going through recruitment soon, I am so excited for you and the future that going Greek holds. Be yourself. That’s the best thing you can do.
For those of you already in sororities and trying to get new members, please remember what it was like for you in that situation. Remember how hard it was. Forget numbers, forget quotas, forget everything. Remember the main reason for it all.
Good luck to everyone with recruitment this fall!
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Were you a member of a sorority? If so, what is your favorite memory? If not, what is your impression of Greek life?