I know that movies, shows and society depict sorority life and the girls who join as mean girls, vapid, sluts and airheads. Do I think sororities exist that help to establish that stereotype? Absolutely, but that wasn't my experience.
I loved being in a sorority not only for the social aspect, but for all that it taught me.
- Just because your in the same sorority doesn't mean you will like everyone. There were several girls I got to know and just disliked, but I also learned how to work with these different personalities. Uggh, try planning a new member event with the pledge mom who hated me because i was dating her ex. It was awkward and uncomfortable and we both took the higher road and worked together for that event. Experiences like that helped me so much when I entered the real world.
- I am a take charge kind of person. Underneath my shy personality I really am a leader. Being in Phi Sigma Sigma helped me develop those leaderships skills. I served as Assistant Bursar, Bursar and finally President of my sorority. I became more and more confident in my ability and again this has served me so well in my work life in the real world.
|The Sphinx has special meaning to Phi Sig. On Spring Break in Vegas we took a picture in front of the Sphinx @ The Luxor Hotel.|
- Juggling- Being in a sorority is a time commitment There are weekly meetings, executive board meetings, new member events, toga parties, Greek week, homecoming etc. I learned how to prioritize school, additional clubs (yearbook, tv station, Greek council) and my commitment to my sorority. I graduated cum laude, had a 35 hour week internship my senior year and was President of my sorority. My professor asked me when I had the time to get it all done. Who knows?? But I did! I said it once and I will say it again all of this helped me in the real world.
- How to Be Social While Battling Being Shy- The social aspect was the most fun! It really forced a shy person to go out and meet new people. We didn't have an official sorority house but I loved living with some of my sisters. We had a blast going to Greek Week events, Kegs & Eggs, formals etc. The experience of getting to add to my family tree and have a little sister was AMAZING!
10 years later and I can proudly say I wouldn't change my experience for the world.
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