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.