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The Good Things Connected with Sororities: Sororities Aren’t Stereotypical: Edited by Whitney Edna Ibe


When picking a college, sometimes people are just going there to party rather than get a decent education. When looking at how to party like there is no tomorrow, sororities are an excellent place to start. 


Yes, the stereotype is true that sorority girls do party but not as much as you may think. 


Of course, sorority girls study their butts off to be able to be in the sorority. And Still, we are constantly surrounded by friends, fraternity parties, events, and endless possibilities for fun. You can never get bored when joining a sorority because there is always some philanthropy event, party, sisterhood event, and meeting. Even though everyone has a different opinion when it comes to fun, you don’t have to go to every single party or even one if you don’t want one. At least at my sorority, we have a million bondings which include movie nights, pizza deliveries, and just talking to one another. 


I met possibly 100 new friends while joining my sorority, and that’s no exaggeration. Soonon, as you walk into the room that first day as a new member of your sorority, you feel a new sense of joy and a purpose at home. This is all, of course, if you choose the sorority that best fits your personality. If you don’t feel joy or happiness when you walk into that room, then please walk back out because you are going to be miserable throughout your experience. 


Most of the girls that I met in my sorority are the most down-to-earth people that I have met, and I want to be friends with everyone. It isn’t always stereotypical like the movies where they make out the sorority girls to be mean girls. Most of us joined to have friends, so why not just be nice to people and make friends? 


In my experience in college, during the first semester of my first year, I was part of a toxic friend group. I just wanted to get away from them and meet new people, so it felt adorable to meet supportive people who were like me and wanted to hang out with me instead of leaving me in the dust. Also, I met my long-term best friends, who I’m pretty sure are going to be at my wedding one day and are my roommates now in college. 


Grace Maher at West Chester University says that she ultimately joined her sorority Kappa Delta because she wanted to “become more involved in her philanthropies Girl Scouts of America and PCA and also wanted to make new friendships that would last a lifetime.” 


Even though there are different reasons, of course, for joining a sorority that everyone has, making new friends has to be the top reason I come across. 


A general stereotype for sororities is that all sorority girls are dumb and can only spell their names. Well, I’ll be the first one to tell you that that is just not true. 


As someone who always struggled with school work, being in a sorority has actually improved my GPA, and even though it isn’t common knowledge, people in Greek life have a higher GPA than most of the general undergraduate population, in my sorority, all sisters must contain a 2.5 GPA overall to be able to go to events and have a position or leadership role; it pushes us to excel in college. 


Another perk about being in a sorority is that we have designated a study room just for our sorority so sisters can study without distraction and help each other with school work. Not to mention that you are surrounded by a whole group of girls who have the same major as you and probably have taken the same classes that you have to. Older sisters can give you advice on professors, which courses to take, and help with a subject that they probably already learned. Additionally, sisters are offered grants and scholarships just for being in a sorority which can help with the extensive tuition at universities. 


In my experience, joining a sorority has gained me the confidence and purpose to lead a group of young adult women and have them ultimately listen to me while improving my organization. As former scholarship chairman and present secretary on the executive board, I have the opportunity to help my fellow sisters embrace their differences, similarities, and all they have to offer.


“I wanted to have a leadership role in my sorority because I've grown and watched others grow in the sisterhood. I watched upper-level students take on roles and be leaders for members like me. It showed me how important those leadership positions are for the chapter” (Alexis Brophy, Panhellenic E-board rep. From Delta Zeta at Sacred Heart University). 


It doesn’t hurt that my leadership roles have helped me get ready for a future job with multiple responsibilities, such as making calls, editing and sending out papers, and sitting in meetings with nationals, sisters, advisors, and my superiors. 


It is no mistake that “85% of the executives of Fortune 500 companies and 80% of United States Presidents since the 1900s have been in Greek Organizations, according to the Fraternity Advisor.” Not to mention that “Fraternity and sorority membership helps young men and women cultivate leadership skills, gain a sense of social identity, and learn to play well with others” (TheBestofSchools).


The main thing about college is after college. You have to take the education drilled into your brain for the last four years and apply it to a salary-paying job. 


Well, sometimes, post-graduates have difficulty finding a job after college because there just isn’t enough to go around. So now you are thousands of dollars in debt, moving in back with your parents and tirelessly filling out job applications, hoping that someone will hire you. 


Being in a sorority can help you find a job faster. Not saying that being in Greek life automatically gets you a job, but “sorority alumni are great connections when you're looking for jobs, summer internships or opportunities after you graduate…you'll already have common ground and similar values from being in the same fraternities and sororities, which potentially gives you something the other job candidates don't have,” (GreekU). 

One thing that sorority girls will preach is that we raise A LOT of money for philanthropy or different kinds of charities. Raising money makes someone feel good about themselves while helping someone else out. Sororities will raise money doing events that you probably once did in high schools, such as bake sales, car washes, and walks for cancer. 

The philanthropy chairman of Alpha Sigma Alpha at Rowan University says that she chose this position because “I love to help people out when I can and give back to others, and I felt as though this position is a great opportunity to do that. Not only am I able to donate to our philanthropies and give back to the community around us, but I’m also able to help out around the world.”


If you aren’t in a sorority, you probably think it’s a waste of time and full of stereotypical mean girls, but it’s not. If you have a chance to join, why not? And if you would like to drop, then do because you have nothing to lose in the first place.


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