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As some of you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I recently joined a sorority! It has been such an eye-opening experience and I wanted to reflect on the pros and cons of joining a sorority and share my personal experience!
So back in September, I went to the Zeta Theta Pi info night. I was so excited and nervous to join a sorority, I had never considered myself a ‘sorority girl’ so this was a big step for me. One of the main reasons I wanted to join was to make friends and get to know different people. My freshman year was very rough and it affected how outgoing I was and making friends was a scary process because I never knew if I was deserving of such amazing people.
Pushing that fear aside I went through the process of joining ZTP, which included 2 weeks of recruitment followed by 6 weeks of new member period which is basically where we got to know the ins and outs of sorority and we got to know all of the sisters. Once I made it through the 6 weeks I was officially a sister of Zeta Theta Pi, and it was such a good feeling. Now that I have made it through a semester, I have the ability to go back and reflect on my experience in hopes to provide some of you with an idea of what to expect.
- Meeting and making amazing friends
Of course one of the best perks of joining a sorority is making so many amazing friends. The first few weeks were hard because I didn’t really know any of the sisters so I had to force myself to get out of my comfort zone and introduce myself and talk to them. My class became very close because we were with each other all the time and we planned a retreat and sleepover which has been one of my favorite memories so far. If you are not a ‘people person’, don’t let that hold you back from joining a sorority, there is always going to be someone like you and you will always be able to make those amazing connections!
- Getting opportunities to volunteer/give back
So my sorority is actually a service sorority rather than a social sorority which means we do not go through the traditionally rushing process. One of the things I have fallen in love with is the service aspect, from making cards for children at St. Jude to volunteering at our universities Christmas Outreach, it has all been so fulfilling. That is one of the main things that drew me to my sorority is their focus on service, it is important to find something in a sorority you are passionate about whether that be their values, philanthropy or the things they are known for.
- Time commitment
Sorority has definitely taken up a large chunk of my life, which isn’t for everyone. During my new member period, I had something to do basically every day of the week for sorority, and at times it did become very overwhelming. Before joining a sorority make it a point to ask how big the time commitment is, I know some sororities it may be just a couple days a week but for others, it can be a lot more. For me, being busy is something I wanted to happen because it keeps me on my toes and on top of things, but again if that is not for you then ask what time commitment may look like for your sorority!
With any sorority, there is going to be some sort of drama, it is a factor that is unavoidable. Things happen that can cause stress and it can really suck sometimes, but everything will work out and be resolved. The stress can stem also from being busy a lot more than what you are used to, I know for me that is a lot of where my stress stemmed from. It is important not to get sucked into any drama or add to it, keep in mind why you joined the sorority and focus on that rather than any type of drama.
Overall I am so happy I joined ZTP, it has brought so many amazing people into my life and that to me makes all the stress well worth it. If you are looking for a place to be yourself or just looking for a place where you feel as though you ‘fit in’ then consider rushing or joining an academic sorority/fraternity. If you guys have any questions or want advice please feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you guys apart of a sorority? If so which one?
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