We all have our own unique stories and here’s mine, albeit unusual: a freshman to IUS and being one of the few from my high school deciding to stay home and attend a nearby college, I was a doe in headlights when I first walked on campus. I remember coming to school for orientation; I remember reading the campus map and trying to determine where my classes would be; I remember seeing dozens of tables set up recruiting incoming freshman to join one group or another. Upon seeing the tables, I realized that I wanted to become a part of something bigger than myself and find a way to meet new people beyond the confines of the classroom walls. With that idea in my head, I attended an info session about the sororities on campus. As the speaker talked more and more about the amazing benefits one would reap from joining, my desire grew stronger to sign up for fall recruitment. But alas, with any story there has to be some trial and tribulation before the happy ending can occur. Thus, I was not able to join that fall, or the next, or the next. However, my senior year approached and my opportunity to become a Greek woman arose again and I leapt at the chance.
Now, I’ll be honest that when I attended fall recruitment I was skeptical. I had many doubts. What if no one wants me? What if it’s all partying and no philanthropy? What if it’s high school drama all over again? But once the first night of recruitment finished, I was filled with adrenaline: I couldn’t contain my eagerness to find my Greek home. The weekend continued on with the same thrill as the first night and has yet to ease. I won’t lie to you and say that this is easy; this is hard work. Any relationship requires work and that is exactly what this is-a relationship. It’s not only a relationship between you and each sister you gain, but between you and the philanthropy you support, and especially the Greek Letters you represent. It requires a great deal of your time but also your effort, your passion, and your strength. Trust me when I say that it is worth it: the sweat, the tears, the laughter, the love, and so many other blessings.
Since my initiation, I have found that my Greek life has been more than I could have imagined. I have learned numerous life lessons from working so closely with my sisters. My sisters have become my support system, my goofy gang, and my best friends. When I chose to apply for a summer job in Italy to teach English, my sisters were the first ones (yes the first even before my family) to express their pride in my ambition. Their undying encouragement aided me in having the faith in myself to take such a huge dive into the unknown. I love my sisterhood for all that it entails. These women are my family.
I’ll leave you with this thought that I believe represents the feeling of sisterhood:
“Family- We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”
Panhellenic Council members, recruitment counselors, and other sorority women in our Greek community will be blogging throughout the summer months to help potential members prepare for recruitment.