By Danielle A Sebasovich in Opinions
March 8, 2012
Joining Greek life has been the best experience of my life. I have met so many wonderful people that I would have never talked to if I had never rushed a sorority. It is truly a different world that I was completely unaware of. Every member is different and has something unique to contribute to the table. There are countless numbers of friendships and contacts that I have made that will help me and give me an advantage after I graduate and throughout my life.
After I joined Greek life, I couldn’t see how I had lived life before. My organization has bettered me so much as a person and I cannot wait to make many more memories with them. I believe so strongly in our philanthropy and am so glad that Greek life has gotten me interested and actively involved in my community. My resume is now perfected and all thanks goes to the Greek system and what we do for the community as a whole.
I pledged last semester and made Dean’s list for the first time. The only time I have ever made Dean’s list was when I joined a sorority. Please, tell me what could possibly be wrong with that? It is not that we are geeky; it is that we are caring individuals who are actually concerned with our grades and academic success. Going Greek has only positively affected my grades and GPA. Our motto is “work hard, play hard,” and we make sure that our academic obligations are fulfilled before we have fun; school first, play second.
I have made sisters and lifetime friends through Greek organizations and there is no doubt about it, these women will be in my wedding one day. It is more than just the letters that we wear, it is what they represent.
When I wear my letters on campus, I walk with my head held a high knowing that I am representing something good; something that I know people associate good things with. Greek life represents a bond that cannot be broken.
You cannot see it, but you can feel it within your heart. It is more than just a friendship that may fade over time. It is a sisterhood or a brotherhood that you cannot get elsewhere. It is your home away from home, your support system; these people will be there for you through thick and thin, rain or shine. These people get to know you, learn everything about you, and love you anyway.
You can open up to them, and know that they aren’t going to talk badly about you to anyone. They put aside any flaws you may have and accept you for who you are. If only people would put aside any biased views they may have about Greeks and come experience the many amazing things we have to offer, get to know us, or even join us, then they too would be able to experience what I experience every day.
I want everyone to know that all members of the Greek community are unique. Showing our letters doesn’t mean that we are better than you, it just means that we are better than we used to be. There is a place for everyone, no matter your interests. There is only ONE thing that we all have in common and that is the Greek system. I can honestly say that the only thing that unites us and brings us together as a whole is the fact that we are all GREEK. We are such a diverse group of individuals and I care so much about all of the organizations. We are all so proud of what we have accomplished and I am so thankful that I get to be a part of the magic.
I believe I can vouch for every member and alumnus of a Greek organization when I say that my Greek organization is my family. Any negativity published about them is about me as well, and vice versa. But we are Greeks and it is not in our nature to hold grudges or stoop down to low levels. We do not allow any petty differences to get in the way of what we value. We value our experiences and learn from our mistakes. It is about being true to yourself! There will never come a day that I will honestly be able to say that I regret joining Greek life. It has already done so many good things for me and I know that these exceptional members will be there for me until the end. It truly is “not four years, but for life.”