Yes. I did it. I joined a sorority.
For some of you, this seems like no big deal. But to my friends and family it came as quite the surprise when I announced that I was pledging a sorority here on campus.
So let me back up. Why is this a big deal? Maybe it has something to do with my long announced plan to avoid sororities at all costs. But things change, and there is much more to this story than me changing as I experience life. Something tells me that grand reaction I continue to receive has more to do with what you think of when a college girl tells you she’s in a sorority than it does with me.
Now, let me put a disclaimer that says I am not trying to poke fun at Greek Life nor am I in any way enforcing the stereotype here. But this a reality that, like many stereotypes, we are too embarrassed to admit exists.
So let’s play a game.
What do you think of when you hear the words sorority girl?
Blonde? Ditzy? Parties? Pink? Legally Blonde the movie? Or how about House Bunny?
Spoiler alert: I may be blonde, but trust me, I do not fit into your sorority girl stereotype.
Let me start this defense with explaining that while I did in fact join a sorority, I did not join a social sorority. Because, that is just not where I see myself fitting in. I went a less traditional route and joined a service sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma. That means exactly what you think; we focus on service to others. Yes, we wear letters. No, we don’t host mixers.
How did I get here? That is probably your next question. I give the blame to my sister, a senior at St Francis University, who pledged GSS her second semester in college. Her experience has been amazing and one she cherishes so naturally she made me promise to at least check out the chapter here on campus. I went in with a semi open mind, half expecting cackling girls that were judging everything about me but I found the exact opposite.
I walked into a room with girls, and even a guy, eager to meet me. They were smiling a genuine smile and could not wait to tell me why they love GSS. I sat and listened to the different service projects they participate in, learned what was expected of each member, and next thing I knew, I was starting my journey towards becoming a member.
Now here I am, a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma, and while my sister is beaming with pride, I am happy with my decision and loving the new friends and family I’ve made. I have my Big and even a Twin that are starting to become some of the greatest friends I could ask for. (Side note that this is special because I have a twin brother in real life and now I have a guy Twin in my sorority!) I’ve already started to develop amazing relationships with the people I’ve met. Plus, I’ve started to do service projects and help others who could use a hand. It’s the beginning of something great and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.
I’m not here for the parties, the guys, or just to do something with my time. I’m here because I love to serve others and there’s no better way than to do it with people you care about.
So next time you hear that someone joined a sorority, give them a break and refrain from applying a stereotype, you never know how they could surprise you.