No, I’m not talking about the country or yogurt. I’m talking about my experience in Greek Life at LMU.
Greek life to many may seem like a bunch of college kids who “pay for their friends” to just get drunk and party all the time. While that may be true in some cases, that is not the whole truth. Being part of a fraternity for women, or sorority, has truly changed my college experience for the better, and I can’t imagine not being part of this organization.
Going into college, I knew I wanted to join a sorority. My since my sister was in one during her time in college and I wanted to have the same experience. Greek life at every school is very different. No organization is the same at every school, as size and involvement can differ immensely. Unlike a lot of schools, LMU does formal recruitment second semester, in order to give students a chance to meet people and really decide if Greek Life is something that they want to join. At many bigger schools though, they hold recruitment right as the school year begins in the fall, sometimes even before classes start. This makes sense for those schools, as it is a way to introduce freshman right away to people so school may not seem as daunting.
Personally, I went through recruitment as a freshman, because I had met a lot of people in the organizations and I really loved a lot of the girls. Recruitment is overwhelming as hell. A bunch of girls singing in your face and being so excited the entire time is exhausting…but it was so much fun, and getting my bid card for Pi Beta Phi at the end was the cherry on top. Not everyone had the same experience as I did, as recruitment is a stress to many and can often lead to heartbreak, but if you “trust the process,” the slogan that recruitment counselors engrave into your brain, you end up in the organization that you belong in, with some of the girls who will become your best friends.
While dues are a part of being in a sorority, I would never say that I have paid for the friends I have made through Pi Phi. Greek Life is a social organization, but there are much better reasons to join a sorority in my opinion. Not only do you meet some of the most amazing people through your organization, but you also build great relationships and connections while doing so. Many of my sisters have helped one another obtain jobs and internships by recommending girls they think would fit the position well. Even if you may not be in the same organization as someone, it is an instant connection you have when meeting someone new. For example, last summer, I had a job interview with a woman, and when she saw that I was a member of Pi Beta Phi on my resume, she instantly lit up and shared with me that she was a Pi Phi at her school while in college. From that, she knew that we shared the same values and ideals and hired me on the spot.
Not only is becoming part of Greek Life great for the social aspect of meeting people and building relationships and connections, as a member, there is a lot of volunteering and giving back to the community involved. Pi Beta Phi’s organization is Read Lead Achieve, where we raise money to provide books to children in order to combat illiteracy. Every Friday, my chapter goes to a local elementary school and to provide extra assistance to all students who may be struggling while learning to read. It is an incredibly rewarding experience and the kids never fail to put a smile on all of our faces. We are also one of the only chapters to have direct hands on experience with our organization weekly at the school.
Obviously, I joined Greek Life for the social aspect as well, and I could not be more thankful. Through this organization, I have met some of my friends for life that I would not have met if I did not join a chapter. Not only have I met these people in my own organization, but in other sororities and fraternities through interfraternal events and social settings. Every organization holds philanthropy events and social events every semester, and by going to those events, myself like many others have been able to meet those in other organizations.
Should you Go Greek?
Now I realize that this all sounds very cliché, and it definitely is, but it is the experience that I have had and I’m forever thankful for that. Others however, don’t end up getting along with everyone in their organization, or decide they don’t really care to be in a sorority, and that is okay, everyone has a different experience. So although Greek Life may not be for everyone, personally I can’t imagine going through college without it, so thank you LMU Greek Life for bringing these people in my life!