I started college in the fall of 2016 when I moved to Virginia from California to start the next chapter of my life. I was going through a huge life transition and I felt really out of place during my first year in college. It was a rough year, and I spent the majority of it just going through the motions. I felt very unhappy with where I was and decided over the summer that I was going to join organizations on campus and do things that I never thought I would once school started again.
In the fall of 2017, I kept hearing about a new sorority that was coming to the school and would see them tabling on campus. I had talked to them a few times and liked the women I met, but I didn’t think joining a sorority would be useful to me. It wasn’t until my roommate, was going through sorority recruitment that I decided to participate too out of curiosity. The new sorority was having a recruitment event that was separate from the established chapters on campus, but I still opted to go through primary recruitment. While I enjoyed talking to the women in the chapters, I found myself still interested in the other sorority. Another close friend of mine was also interested, and we decided to go through recruitment for the new chapter together.
We both received a bid, and it was the most exciting day! I was grateful to have her with me throughout that weekend. Later on, my friend and I ended up serving on the chapter’s first council together – she as president, and me as vice president of member education. Getting to be on the council with one of my closest friends remains one of my favorite memories and getting to be part of the foundation of something bigger than myself is something that I will always be proud of. Getting to build a chapter from the ground up was tough, but those hardships taught me a lot about how to navigate conflict, how to communicate with the people around me, and how having a vision can bring people together to create something special.
For all those considering joining a sorority, I always recommend it. Being a sorority woman has helped shape me into the leader that I am and proved to be beneficial to my life in more ways than one!