Arriving at Baylor two years ago, I wasn’t certain that I wanted to be a part of the traditional Panhellenic sorority. I persuaded myself to back out of the rush process that year by conjuring up stereotypical ideas of what it meant to be a “typical sorority girl.”
I always pictured a large group of basic girls doing the same activities and planning the same events. I saw copies of girls wearing the same T-shirts with odd Greek letters put together. My idea of Greek life as an outsider was skewed based on the superficiality of what I saw.
Although I knew little about being a sorority girl, I was certain that I was curious about it. Sophomore year approached quickly, bringing in new possibilities. I continued to grow as a personm and I eventually decided to start the rush process in fall of 2015.
The recruitment process was a long but rewarding journey. I started off meeting an array of women at SUB mixers each week in hopes of becoming their sister.
Rush week came this past January. I left Miami a week early with a mix of nerves and excitement to find my new potential home in the Panhellenic building.
Much of that week brought back past feelings I had about these sororities. There was a lot of surface-level conversation as we continued through each chapter room.
There were also a lot of passionate, caring, intelligent women greeting the potential new members within each room.
I found my home in Alpha Chi Omega, and since then my life has changed. I have found a group of smart, strong women who support me and guide me through my college experience. My big and my grand-big welcomed me with open arms and truly made Baylor my home away from home. It honestly has become hard to imagine life without them.
Despite the image of a sorority appearing to be a group full of indistinguishable girls, everyone plays a different role in the sorority.
As of January 2017, I will start my position in the executive board as vice president of public relations and marketing, and I cannot be more thrilled.
A sorority, like a company or firm in the real world, encompasses a multitude of departments that all contribute to a larger cause for the organization.
My role in Alpha Chi is vastly different from those around me, but is just as important.
Fact: one can be a part of an organization like this and still be an individual. Additionally, there is not one type of “sorority girl;” we are all different.