Yesterday, I was reading Ashley's blog about her experience in a sorority and since this subject was on my "to write about" list, I thought it'd be perfecting timing. It's perfect timing for two reasons: 1) Ashley and I went to college together - neat huh?! (We didn't actually know each other, but we hung out with the same people. Our husbands are fraternity brothers.) And 2) I may have possibly "met" my identical twin, Ashley, yesterday. (Two different Ashleys here. Don't get confused.) And she just happens to be my sister in Alpha Chi Omega.
So what was my experience like?
Well, I didn't actually join a sorority until I was a junior. I was in marching band the first year & half of college and didn't feel like I had time for a sorority. In Fall 2008, my bestie and I decided to rush. And the greatest part? We got a bid from the same sorority! We were ecstatic!
1. Networking - To be totally honest, my ultimate goal in joining was to be a part of a lasting organization that I knew would benefit me for the rest of my life. I will always be an Alpha Chi and no one can take that away from me. The networking potential is endless. A good example is a job application. When people say, "It's all about who you know", it's true! This world is full of politics, whether we like it or not (and just so you know, I hate it!). Knowing the right people can go so far as to help you get a job! This is huge, people.
2. The Experience - The sisterhood that you build is awesome, truely, but the experience itself is also really incredible. The experience of saying, "Yes, I'm in a sorority." The experience of knowing the chants. The experience of meeting new people, who you may not have otherwise met. The experience of going to sorority/fraternity mixers. The experience of every little thing that comes along with pledging.
3. Learning about sisterhood - I personally believe it takes talent to learn to be around other women who are different from you. Let's be honest: women are slightly crazy and mean sometimes. This talent is learned; not innate. When you're in a sorority, or any sacred organization like that, you have to learn to put aside your differences and bond over your connections. To know that you share a deep, deep secret really does bring you together.
All that being said, if you were not in a sorority, that doesn't make you any better or any worse than me. It only means that we had different college experiences. And differences are what make the world go 'round! Amiright? I would encourage you to write about a neat experience that you had in college. Because I'd love to read about it. :-)
Lastly, because I'm photo obsessed, I'll share photos from my experience. Enjoy, doodlebugs. (Yup, you can thank my Grandma for the doodlebug endearment.)
Forgive me for looking so young. Some of these were over 4 years ago!