This week my little sister is going through sorority recruitment. She’s quite a bit younger than me, obviously. Talking with her over what to wear and who she likes has brought up fond memories of my own sorority experience.
In general, when you get a large group of women together there will be moments of cattiness and not getting along. But I also think that is true with any organization as it is impossible to please a large amount of people every single day. Overall, I have very fond memories of my sorority years and enjoyed the experience. In fact, thanks to facebook, twitter and blogging I still keep up with some of the girls. (Shout out to my Gamma Phi sisters!) When I think back to my college years I don’t remember the petty things that seemed so important in my 19 year old mind. What I remember are the girls who had my back when I had a crazy roommate, drank too much, or tried to date a guy that was bad news. I remember the late nights of staying up in our rooms giggling, never being alone on valentine’s day, and finding a family away from home. Four years out from college and my sorority sisters are still there to wish me happy birthday or share in my excitement when I have good news.
Thanks to my positive sorority experience I have sought similar organizations in my adult life and made many wonderful friends through these organizations. Sorority life is often harshly criticized by the media. Yes, it is true that sorority members party, par take in under age drinking, and are often sexually active. But quite frankly I think this is true for many a 20 year old college student – in a sorority or not. But sorority members look out for each other and encourage “appropriate” behavior. What the media neglects to mention is that sorority members have high GPAs, are involved in their campus and community, and graduate to hold successful careers and life accomplishments. Dismiss the importance of it all you want, but sorority members know how to be polite and presentable and in the “real world” that matters. Overall, I am thrilled for my real little sister to have the sorority experience and hope she enjoys it as much if not more than I did. I still smile when I see a crescent moon (my sorority’s symbol) and can sing most of the songs. In my jewelry box I have a stash of sterling silver jewelry that although of no real valuable holds an incredible amount of sentimental value. I will always hold my sorority experience near and dear to my heart and am glad to have helped promote a new generation of sorority membership. In IIKE (for those of you in the know), MandySue