Graduating high school and heading off to college is both an exciting time in your life and a little scary. You are leaving a place where you knew everyone, had a group of friends, might have belonged to different groups and felt comfortable. Now you are heading into a totally unknown place where you might not know anyone and have no idea what your life will be like moving forward. Joining a sorority can help in many ways to make your transition a positive one.
Build Strong Bonds and Friendships
Some people find it easy making new friends while others are a little more intimidated and find it more difficult. Joining a sorority is like joining a group of ready-made friends. Bonded together by sorority membership, values, rituals, secret traditions, philanthropic causes, and living arrangements provides common ground for sisters to develop friendships. You will still have to work on building that friendship just like any relationship, but being part of a sorority will make it easier. One woman describes her sorority experience by saying: “My sisters are unconditional friends. Sure, we may get into arguments or rub each other the wrong way, but at the end of the day, everything falls back into place because we are sisters. We share a bond that cannot be forged with just anyone.” As a member of a sorority, you are recognized on your college campus by the Greek letters you wear on your sorority custom clothing showing your bond with your other sisters.
Parties, Socializing, and Dating
Instead of having to worry about what you are going to do on a weekend, being part of a sorority often takes care of that for you. Many hold dance parties, formals, clubs, and social mixers with other sororities and fraternities for their members. You never know who you might meet at an event, from a new best friend to a boyfriend or even your future spouse. Yes, it is possible to meet your future spouse in college. Case in point is Kate Middleton who met Prince William in college and is now one of the most talked about weddings of the decade.
Whether you are looking to get involved in your community for personal reasons or to enhance a job application, sorority membership can provide a lot of opportunities you might not otherwise be exposed to. Many sororities require members to complete a minimum number of community service hours, support specific charities or philanthropies, and host events where members can get plenty of volunteer experience, give back to their community, and build character.
When most people think of sorority or fraternity life, they think about endless parties and fun. But did you know that many chapters actually require their members to maintain a certain GPA or that failing to maintain that GPA can result in being put on probation or even getting expelled?
Improved Social Skills
For those who are introverted, shy, or socially awkward, joining a sorority can help. Once you’ve decided that you want to join a sorority, you will immediately be thrown into the situation of having to meet new people, starting with the recruitment process. Not only will you need to speak to total strangers in different sororities to see if they like you, you will want to see if you like them and what they represent.
Learn How to be a Team Player
Learning how to work well with others is important in all aspects of your life. It starts with your family life and getting along with your siblings and continues into your adult life including the working world. Being able to work effectively as a team and learning the ability to collaborate with others to achieve a common goal will not only help you in your sorority but will also be a valuable asset to future employers.
You are not alone
No one likes to feel like they are going through anything in their life alone. It is always helpful to know that others understand what you are going through and how you are feeling. When it comes to pledging a sorority, you know that the others in your pledge class are in the same boat as you. You are all excited and perhaps apprehensive about the process and the results of the process.
Most girls will pledge a sorority in their freshman year when making friends and getting used to college life is a high priority. Knowing you are not alone can help bring you closer to those in your pledge class and make the process easier for you. Joining a sorority can help make your transition into college life a smoother and more enjoyable experience.
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