Growing up, I didn’t know much about sororities because my mom wasn’t in one, and I don’t have any sisters. I wasn’t brought up under the idea that Greek Life was a thing. When I made the decision to go to the University of Alabama (Roll Tide, y’all), I knew that Greek Life was a big deal even though only about 30% of the campus joins a fraternity or sorority. Alabama wasn’t my first choice school, and I was planning to transfer second semester so I decided not to rush my freshman year.
A lot changed in that first semester of college, and I fell in love with my school. So I decided to rush my sophomore year along with one of my roommates. Both of us were more comfortable with a year under our belts. We had a ton of Greek friends and saw the amazing experiences they were having. But Alabama has the largest rush in the country, so it was a bit intimidating. That said, I had the most amazing time being in a sorority. I don’t even say I was in a sorority, I say I am in one because my sisterhood is so important to me.
Deciding to join a sorority is a really big step. You’re committing to an organization and pledging to be a part of something, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re thinking about rushing, here are some things you should know.
It's Not All Parties
Everyone assumes that being in a sorority means all parties, all the time. This is just not true. Sure, we had a lot of parties, but that isn't the point of being Greek. And you don't have to party if you don't want to!
Academics Are VERY Important
Your grades matter, not just for you but for your house. You are a student first, and Greek Life recognizes that. Many houses have study hall hours for their pledges and for active members that fall below a certain GPA. Being in a sorority helped me focus more on my studies because my GPA affected the whole house's GPA.
You Make Your Best Friends
I honestly cannot say that I would have made such strong friendships if I didn't join a sorority. My sisters are my best friends, and the bond we have is unlike any other friendship.
Judgment From Other Houses
Even though Greek Life is supposed to be this solid community, there are often houses that don't like each other for whatever reason. You may face judgment from other sororities just because of the letters you wear.
Judgment From Non-Greeks
A lot of the non-Greek friends I made my freshman year judged me for joining a sorority. They thought it meant I paid for my friends and that I was selling out, which couldn't be further from the truth. There's a big stigma against Greeks from non-Greeks. It's frustrating, but it happens.
It Helps You Get Involved
Being in a sorority helped me get involved with a lot of things that I never would have otherwise because I probably wouldn't have heard about them. Your house will fill you in on organizations and opportunities for you to get involved with on campus. I even had opportunities within my house to be part of our leadership council. You get out of it what you put into it.
You Won't Like Everyone In Your House
You will find your best friends, but there will also be girls that you don't get along with. Wearing the same letters does not automatically mean you will like each other.
It Helps You Network
Being in a sorority opened up a huge network for me. I have met so many amazing alumni who offer to help me out just because I'm from their sorority.
Being part of a sorority is a big time commitment if you're invested in it. You have meetings and mandatory events, but it is all so worth it.
You Represent Your House
You have to keep in mind that you are a representative of your house as a whole. What you do reflects on your house and your sisters, and that is a big responsibility.
Are you thinking about joining a sorority? Are you in one now? What do you wish you knew before joining one? Tell us in the comments!