I did not join a sorority until my sophomore year and cannot believe the difference it has made in the woman that I am. It was easy for me to feel like just a number at my huge university, and I felt really lost that first year. I grew up being busy 24/7, and I found a lot of purpose and self-worth through all of those activities. It was a hard adjustment for me to have so much downtime when I came to college, and I went through a pretty tough time with feeling lonely. That all changed from the day I received my bid to Phi Mu. It was my top choice, and to know that those women wanted me to be their sister just as much as I wanted to be their sister was such a welcoming feeling. For me, being in a sorority has only made me want to better myself. I realize that I'm representing not only my sisters at my school, but Phi Mus all over the country. I want our chapter to maintain its good reputation, and nothing keeps you accountable like 170 girls who are always concerned with what's in your best interest. Through being involved in my sorority, I have learned so much about myself and the traits I possess. I've become more aware of my strengths and weaknesses. This year, I'm serving on executive committee as philanthropy chairman, and even though it's only been about a month, I know it's one of the best decisions I could choose to make during my Phi Mu experience. I've found such joy through planning events in order to raise money for East Tennessee Children's Hospital and organizing hospital parties where sisters visit the kids in the hematology and oncology ward. Being a leader is such a rewarding experience, and I've gotten the chance to lead alongside girls I hadn't had the chance to get to know before. I recently had somebody say to me, "Being in a sorority doesn't matter once you graduate." That could not be further from the truth. I hope to be active in the alumni chapter of wherever I live, but most importantly I will live my creed and keep in mind the lessons I have learned for the rest of my life, which will only make me a better woman.
2. For the Friends
All the girls in my sorority obviously have something in common if we all ended up in the same sorority, but the girls are all really different as well. We have all different kinds of personalities, and everybody has their own interests. This has made it so convenient to find a buddy for whatever you may need. I have been extremely blessed to find my roommates through my sorority. One of them is in my pledge class and we became friends on bid day. Her best friend since elementary school is in the pledge class above us, and it all worked out that we were able to become roommates this year. I'm so excited to say we will be staying in our same cozy apartment through June 2014! We have become so close and made so many memories, and I can't wait to make many more in the next year and a half. We also have our other friends that always join us for football games, sorority events, our beloved game nights and so much more. These girls have been there for me through the thick and thin, and I know I can count on them for anything. I know that I have made lifelong friends, and we will always share something special because of our fraternal bond.
3. For the Connections
Being in a sorority can open so many doors for you that you never even imagined. My sisters are involved in a variety of organizations, and they're always willing to help one another become involved as well. I have been so proud to see my sisters obtain internships and jobs, and they're always willing to put in a good word for other sisters who are interested in working alongside them. Our Phi Mu alumnae even keep us posted on job openings they hear about. I've also found that adults who were members of Greek organizations understand the high standard to which I'm held, and they've respected that. They know the hard work I have to put in and how I have to manage my time efficiently. Being Greek also allows you to connect with Greeks in other chapters. I'm often attending events with members of other chapters, and it has allowed me to meet so many people I never would have had the chance to otherwise.