Looking Beyond The Sorority Stereotypes

When I left Texas to go to school in Charlotte I only knew ONE person. I was slightly intimidated to be traveling so far away from home, barely knowing anyone. 
I made an important decision my first year, which I feel totally impacted my college experience, I signed up for sorority recruitment. I quickly realized that it was one of the best decisions I would make during my college years.

I've heard all the things people say about sorority girls, and today I wanted to share my experience with y'all, and why being in a sorority is so different than the stereotypes.
I know what people see on the outside.
The bid days, and dress up parties, the girls walking around proudly displaying their letters on campus, and yes with Chi O I got to do all of that, but I also got so much more.

I instantly had a home away from home at UNCC.
I never had to worry about eating a meal alone, because there was always someone willing to grab lunch or dinner with me. I was exposed to girls from all over the country, pursuing all kinds of majors, and it helped to make my big campus, feel a little more welcoming.

The most important thing was the feeling of family that Chi O brought me. Girls would let me go home with them during long weekends, when it wasn't quite long enough to make a trip back to Houston.
I had girls there for me when I needed a shoulder to cry on, or a study buddy to go to the library with. 

I was surrounded by talented, loving, strong women, and they motivated me to become the person I am today. We pushed each other to live up to a higher standard, to make good grades, and good decisions.  
My two best friends are my sorority "big" and "little" sisters. We all three come from different parts of the country, and probably would have never met if it wasn't for Chi O. 

I love these girls and we've managed to keep our friendship strong even after graduation. I share a special bond with them that I'll never have with other girls.
They feel more like sisters, rather than friends.

I would encourage any girl, especially an out of state student, to go through rush. Every chapter is different and you're bound to find a group you fit in with perfectly. 
The Carolina's became my home, and Chi Omega, my family. 
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20 comments :

simplyevani.com said...

Great post! I was a Tridelt and I definitely think some of the stereotypes are NOT true, sorority life can be wonderful! :) Great to find another Greek blogger!

Evani
http://www.simplyevani.com

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

Yes!!! I totally agree! I'm a Delta Zeta and love my sisters!

Katrin said...

This was so much fun to read, Bri! I am a German living in the United States and there are so many differences between the countries. We don't have sororities in Germany so thank you for the post!

Ally said...

I love this post! I agree 100%! There is nothing better than having sisters to do anything and everything with, especially when you're far from home!

Whitney said...

I was only an hour and a half from home during college, but I still don't know what I'd do without my sisters! Now that I've moved from the Carolinas to Houston, having the alum chapter here has helped me so much! I abolutely love this post and I'm going to share it on Being Greek!

twiggy@thedirtlife said...

i was never in a sorority because i got married while in college, but i always secretly wanted to be!!

Alyx said...

I have to admit, I always sort of believed the stereotypes, because a lot of the sorority girls I came across at parties during college were not exactly the nicest people, but this definitely throws some of those stereotypes out the window. So thanks for this post, Bri!!

Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel said...

I secretly wanted to be a part of a sorority! But I was always too busy playing intermural sports and being a part of an organization that helps kids with cancer! If I had the chance to go back in time, I would still chose that path, but also one that has sisterhood in it.

Marisol said...

I agree! I'm so happy I decided to pledge a sorority (kappa!). It was actually a total accident--one of my anthropology assignments was to observe a ritual, so I decided to attend the first night of rush...but it stuck with me! haha... :)

bailey j said...

Sounds really nice. I didn't go to university and we don't have sororities but it definitely sounds like there is a great experience to be had :)

Kristen said...

joining a sorority, chi o til i die yo!, was the best decision of my life! the events, the late nights, the relationships, parties, philanthropy, the lessons it taught, everything made me the woman i am today.

Bri said...

Wow, it sounds like you made a great decision and what an adventure joining a sorority has brought you! We don't have sororities in Canada so this was cool to read about!

Shane said...

I go to Miami University where greek life is HUGE. And I'm sadly not part of a sorority. I made the decision mainly based on money and sometimes feel like I'm missing out on the sisterhood aspect!

megan said...

Go Chi O! I met my best friends from being in Chi Omega!

dreamsandswords.com said...

I wish I would have been able to join when I was in college, but due to money and time constraints it just never worked out.
So glad you had a great experience.

Raquel said...

I have really been contemplating joining a sorority for my last 2 years of college, and this post REALLY made me want to do it!

I've heard such mixed things about it. I've heard things like..."oh don't do that, you're basically buying your friends. It's so stupid" and "sorority girls are so self centered and they're all such b****es" That's why i've been so hesitant about rushing.

Myra said...

LOVE this! I was an AXO back at HBU and am still so close with some of my sisters. Even those that I don't talk to regularly, we still make an effort to catch up now and again.

P.S. You are beautiful! Great post :)

Jessica said...

This is the best post I've ever read about Greek Life! I joined Chi Omega my junior year of college and I knew the moment I got my bid card that this was exactly what my life was missing. It's true...sorority life goes far beyond the frat parties and formals. Its the bond between sisters that is the most important! Glad I found your blog!!! LICO!!!!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I was one of the Sorority judgers pre-college... but I went through Rush to hang out with my roommate all day and see if it was as weird as I thought it was. Some of it was (Rush day is bizarre!) but I did end up joining a house. I am still friends with many of my Sorority Sisters yet some I do not keep in touch with. Either way, I found that I really did enjoy being a part of it. even though some of the experience I still found a bit odd. :) I went to college in-state so I was only a day's drive from home but I know that the out of state girls really felt comfortable in the sorority for the reasons you mentioned.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I was one of the Sorority judgers pre-college... but I went through Rush to hang out with my roommate all day and see if it was as weird as I thought it was. Some of it was (Rush day is bizarre!) but I did end up joining a house. I am still friends with many of my Sorority Sisters yet some I do not keep in touch with. Either way, I found that I really did enjoy being a part of it. even though some of the experience I still found a bit odd. :) I went to college in-state so I was only a day's drive from home but I know that the out of state girls really felt comfortable in the sorority for the reasons you mentioned.

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