My Life as an Asian Sorority Woman

As an alumna, I want to inspire young minority women who are uncertain of joining a sorority. It impacted my life in so many great ways and I know it can do the same for you.

Since I was a junior in high school, I envisioned how my college career was going to be. My main goal was to join a sorority, build a network, and take on leadership roles. I knew that the sorority life would give me great experiences, so I vowed that I would get involved as much as I could.

Two women wearing black dresses during sorority recruitment.
Amanda (left) with a sorority sister during recruitment.

I participated in recruitment during the spring semester of 2018. I was a sophomore, excited to learn what the sorority life had to offer and get involved with a greater community. I was filled with much excitement, and I could not wait for recruitment weekend to come. But something struck my mind, something that I didn’t think about at first. Do they have Asian members like me? It sounded like a dumb question at first, but then it started to hit me. Is the sorority community diverse in general? I went to a diverse middle and high school where I was able to meet and befriend different cultures, so attending a predominantly white-based college was a little difficult to adapt to. I wanted to stand out. I wanted people to know me for my work. I wanted to provide excellent services to my chapter, that future members will know me for. But how can I do that if I am the only minority woman in my chapter? I was scared.

Recruitment weekend finally came, and I was so excited to meet all the Panhellenic sororities. I remember being filled with happiness, love and excitement when I entered my sorority’s room. It was a great experience, I instantly felt like I belonged there. The conversations began, and I turned to the sister who guided me into the room. Within a few minutes into our conversation, I asked her if she had any sisters from different backgrounds. My heart was racing when I asked this question. I was terrified if I said something wrong, or if she was going to take my question in a negative way. “Oh, of course,” she replied. “We have sisters from different cultures. In fact, we are the most diverse sorority on campus!” I was shocked. I did not think it was true, but I was overjoyed to be completely wrong. A big smile ran across my face to the point where my cheeks froze in place. It was then I knew I found my home. 

Finally, we got to bid day, where all the girls who participated in recruitment would find out what sorority they had received a bid from. I opened my envelope and was thrilled to become a member of Alpha Sigma Tau. I ran up the steps to see the sisters waiting to greet their new member class, and that was when I saw it. So many sisters of different ethnicities all coming together to welcome their newest members. The moment was exhilarating and one of my greatest memories of college. 

Three women sitting on a fountain in a mall
Amanda (left) with two of her sorority sisters.

As a collegiate member, I continued to excel within my chapter by holding a chapter position for 2 years, serving on the recruitment committee, becoming a national chapter ambassador in my senior year, attending a national fraternity and sorority leadership conference and being involved with philanthropy. I became known for my works, my passion and my dedication. By the time I graduated from college, I achieved my goal of excelling within my chapter as an Asian woman. 

As an alumna, I want to inspire young minority women who are uncertain of joining a sorority. It impacted my life so why not let it impact yours?

Amanda Cruz

Amanda is a member of Alpha Sigma Tau from the Beta Omega chapter. Amanda attended Monmouth University where she received a bachelor’s in business administration.

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