I was one of those girls that started college with a set opinion on sororities. I thought that they were full of stuck up girls that paid hundreds of dollars a semester for a group of friends. When I started my freshman year I knew there was no way I was going to join a sorority. I just didn’t think it was for me. My freshman year was so boring and consisted of basically nothing. I can’t look back on it and say “I did this” or “I did that” because I really didn’t do anything. I lived at home and commuted to campus for classes. When classes were over I went straight home. I wasn’t really getting the college experience.
The summer after my freshman year I decided that I wasn’t going to sit by and just “get through” college, I was going to enjoy it. I moved onto campus with a random roommate. That was a big step for me. I tend to stay in my comfort zone. Living in a dorm was already out of my comfort zone so the whole random roommate thing, not something I ever thought I would do. It turned out pretty well though.
Everything started from a tweet I sent out about needing to go to the gym more now that I lived within walking distance of it. Alexis, a girl that I had grown up with but had drifted away from, suggested we go together. A few days later we did. While at the gym she told me about a sorority she had just recently joined. She had all the same skepticisms I did. She told me she never thought it would be her thing but that she was really beginning to love it. I wasn’t convinced though. We finished our work out and she asked me if I wanted to walk over to her sorority house with her and meet a few of the girls to see what I thought. Why not, right? So we walked over to the house. I met the girls that lived there and they were all so nice and welcoming. I especially hit it off with a girl named Meghan. We had a lot in common (particularly the fact that we are both big republicans! Not something you find often on a college campus).
Alexis and I probably stayed at the house for about 45 minutes. As we were leaving the girls told me to come to the sorority’s ice cream party next week. They said it was just going to be a fun event to meet some of the new girls that were interested in pledging. I really liked all of the girls I met that night and it definitely got me thinking that I could possibly join this sorority. However, I still wasn’t sure. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to go to the ice cream party.
Alexis and I ended up going to the party and I’m really glad I went. I met a lot of the other members and really had a great time. After the party I finally realized that this sorority may be something I want to do.
Alexis and I went to dinner after the party and talked everything over. I still wasn’t 100% sure but I was definitely getting there. I can’t remember what happened exactly after this but I do remember that about 2 weeks after the party I received my bid. (I did not participate in rush or formal recruitment. I decided to join after those were over so I went through the process informally).
(This is me after I received my bid from Alexis. I look bad, I know).
I pledged Alpha Gamma Delta at the end of September and initiated on October 27, 2012. Meghan became my Sis Mom and Alexis became my Big. I also have a Twiddle (this term means we share the same Big) named Catharine whom I have become very close to. I have met my best friends through this sorority. My preconceived notions of sororities weren’t even close to accurate. Not every girl parties, real friendships really can develop, a lot of the membership is centered around community service, it’s a great way to get involved in your university, and your friends really do begin to feel more like sisters.
(From left to right: Alexis, Catharine, and me at Big/Little reveal).
I have come out of my shell so much this year and experienced things I never thought I would. I am very happy I joined Alpha Gam. Had I not decided to move onto campus and leave my comfort zone none of this would have happened and I would be sitting at home letting college pass me by. If anyone is reading this that is skeptical about a sorority, I say just give it a try. You’ll never know how you feel about it until you do.
I was originally just going to make this post about my two new letter shirts but then I got to thinking about my story and wanted to share it. However, I still want you to see my super cute shirts that I got today!
Here is my new rain jacket. The letters are in Lilly Pulitzer fabric and the front of the jacket is monogrammed. I can’t wait for it to rain (or preferably snow) so I can wear this!
I also got this crew neck sweatshirt. The lighting is not great in this picture, but the sweatshirt is light blue and the pattern is also Lilly Pulitzer. I love this sweatshirt so much! & as you can tell I love Lilly Pulitzer!
If I’m not careful I’m going to blow all of my money making these adorable shirts! My school has a shop called College Graffiti right next to campus where all of these are made. They have everything a preppy sorority girl could dream of. I already know I am going to have to go back and make a Lilly Pulitzer pocket tee that they just recently got. I sense an addiction coming on. 🙂
Anyways, I’ll quit rambling. Thank you for reading my story. I highly recommend giving a sorority a try. Rush Alpha Gamma Delta if your school has it! It’s an amazing organization and you most definitely won’t regret it!