If you’re thinking about joining a sorority, your mind might be racing a thousand miles per minute, weighing both the benefits and the challenges of being a part of Greek Life. There are so many stories about sororities out there, and it can be super difficult to sift through them and decide which might be relevant to you. When I was thinking about joining a sorority, I absolutely faced similar difficulties.
However, as the current President of Alpha Phi, I can gladly say that it was one of
the best decisions I have ever made, and I will be forever grateful for my sorority.
Join me as I give you an inside scoop, and debunk some Greek Life myths as I
delve into sorority fact vs. fiction.
Fiction: Sororities only serve as social organizations that are built around having
fun and making friends.
Fact: Although joining a sorority is an amazing way to create lifelong friendships and participate in exciting new social events, there is so much more that you will gain from your membership. Each sorority is filled with rich history and traditions that are truly awe-inspiring. Being a part of a sorority means that you become a part of generations and generations of empowering women that have led with grace and integrity, and you become a part of this legacy. Each sorority supports a meaningful philanthropy and holds service events in which a difference can truly be made. In Alpha Phi, we support Women’s Heart Health and we hold multiple events per year to raise money toward this cause. Being a part of a sorority means
that you can make a difference, and you are given so many leadership opportunities
that guarantees a chance for you to make your mark. I have grown so much as a
leader through my sorority, and I have become a much stronger person because of
Fiction: Sororities are a catalyst for friendship cliques, making it hard to make
Fact: From my experience, being a part of a sorority has meant the exact opposite. I am always surrounded by a group of strong, supportive, and empowering women that I know will have my back no matter what. Whenever I am having a bad day, My girls cheer me up without fail. We are there for each other, and I see the love that we have for one another each day. Whether it be through catching up over coffee, or helping each other with homework, or being a shoulder to cry on, the support is everlasting. I am filled with such pride to be a part of something so impactful. Though friendships exist in varying levels, a sorority is a wonderful way to find a support system, especially as women in Stevens. The friendships formed
are truly irreplaceable.
Fiction: Being a part of a sorority limits your ability to form friendships with
people in other organizations.
Fact: The Greek Life community at Stevens is very tight-knit, and we are all extremely supportive of one another. I love making friends in other organizations on campus, especially in other sororities, and I know so many people that share the same sentiment. There are so many Greek Life collaboration events where we work together as organizations and get to know each other on an individual level. Aside from social collaboration events, we are always attending each other’s philanthropic events and helping each other out. There are endless opportunities to be involved with other organizations on campus, especially within the Greek Life community.
Fiction: Sororities lack individualism within their membership and discourage
Fact: From my experiences in my sorority, I have witnessed each sister shine on their own, in their own way. Each person is unique and has their own interests, and those differences are celebrated and highlighted within the sorority. Sisters are a part of so many different organizations on and off campus, whether it be hobby-related or cultural organizations, and there is always an overwhelming amount of support. Being in the right sorority is a safe space. You can feel free to be who you are, and you are celebrated without judgment. Words can’t describe how blessed I am to be a part of my sorority. Joining Alpha Phi has truly fulfilled my college life in so many ways; and, though intangible, I have experienced so much personal growth through the support of my sisters. I have formed lifelong friendships and made countless memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world. If you are thinking about joining a sorority, you should absolutely take that leap. Your home is waiting for you, and there are so many wonders you are bound to experience. I am so excited for all of the adventures that you are about to embark on, and if you ever need further advice, you always have a friend in me!
President of Alpha Phi