Courtney Guth has gone Greek. —Sparkitors
If you'd told me a year ago that I would be in a sorority right now, I probably would have laughed in your face and said, “Yeah right!” with my sarcasm hand raised. Like many people, I held a narrow-minded, shallow, and stereotypical view of what it meant to be in a sorority.
I pictured houses filled with identical, blonde, brainless women spending their days getting guys and their nights partying. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
What I found instead was a group of women dedicated to service, leadership, and sisterhood. All of them are intelligent, witty, and beautiful in their own way. I’m proud to call them my sisters, and I would absolutely recommend going Greek to anyone considering it.
I was lured into checking out the formal recruitment events by the promise of free cookies and mocktails. I mean, seriously, you can’t beat free food. After attending an information session and learning that I had the option to drop out at any time, I decided to go through with it. I figured, “Hey, if I decide it’s not for me, at least I met some nice people and enjoyed their free cookies!”
Recruitment varies by school. At my college, formal recruitment is held in the spring semester. You visit every house and go through different rounds, narrowing your choices down through each one. At each round, you get to know some of the sisters on a deeper level. After this step, you receive your bid (meaning you find out which sorority has asked you to join) and choose whether or not to accept it! Luckily I was very happy with the bid I received and decided to proceed to the next step.
Once I became a new member, I realized that belonging to a sorority involves:
Service: Helping others is both rewarding and fun. I was a member of the National Honor Society in high school, and I wanted to continue doing service projects in college. Fortunately, all sororities are committed to philanthropy and giving back to the community. Each sorority has its own philanthropic focus. The Greek life community often comes together to help each other’s causes, so you’re not only getting involved in your own branch of service, but in many.
Secrets: Every sorority has secret rituals. What are they, you ask? I can’t tell you! The secrets and rituals are what bond everyone together. Most sororities have been around since the late 1800s. If you think of all the women who have gone through them, it’s neat to consider that you’re a part of that history. Your favorite TV star or singer may have gone through the same rituals you have—a lot of chapters have famous alumni.
Scholarship: A lot of people think sororities don’t care about grades. However, at most schools, the GPA of women in sororities is higher than the average of non-Greek students. The sorority’s emphasis on academics helps me stay focused and balanced on my own schoolwork. My chapter features rewards such as “smart cookies," which are given out if you get an A on a paper or test.
Sisterhood: Without a doubt, this is the best part of being a part of a sorority. Your sorority sisters are the ones you can turn to when you just want to stay in and watch a fun Disney movie. They’re the ones who will drop everything and drive you to another campus to visit someone special. They’re the ones who will lend you a scarf to help you hide the stuffed toy you’re afraid CVS will think you’re stealing (when in fact, it was a present from your big sister). Nothing compares to the relationship between Big Sis & Little Sis. The sisterhood is lifelong; it’s not just while you’re in college. There are alumni chapters all over the country, and even some international ones. That means if I decide to move anywhere from Walla Walla, Washington to London, England, I’ll have a network of sisters there! For hope, for strength, for life, my sisters are there.
Any other happy sorority sisters out there?
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