What’s up with everyone going Greek?

With Recruitment Week upon us, everyone is talking about going Greek. It’s written all over campus: “GO GREEK!” “Add some letters to your life!” “Sisters are forever!” “Nothing is stronger than a brotherhood!”

As a freshman, the thoughts that come along with “going Greek” overwhelm me. At a small school like Alma, it seems like a large number of our students are a part of the Greek community. I personally feel like a lost puppy who has a lot of questions:

What has your Greek experience been like? What have you enjoyed most about it? What made you go Greek in the first place? And is it worth the money you pay in dues?

Was it a good addition to your résumé, as it is rumored to be? Are your sisters or brothers still a part of your life?

Or is being Greek more talk than it’s worth? Did you ever feel like it was too much of a time burden? Or not what you expected it to be?

Honest opinions, please!

45 thoughts on “What’s up with everyone going Greek?

  1. Hi Cailee, I think you are a wise woman to ask these questions before you make a lifelong commitment to a sorority! I can tell you that I have never regretted my choice to affiliate with Phi Sigma Sigma while I was attending Alma. I might have been the exception, but I was joining for the bigger picture- networking with an international sisterhood for future job, volunteer and social opportunities and an opportunity to give back. I found that while a student, my involvement with Phi Sig enhanced my student experience. That was the stepping stone that got me involved in student congress, contributed to my decisions to apply for and hold positions as an OC, RA and Admissions representative. I had opportunities to travel to leadership conferences sponsored by Phi Sig and other organizations where I learned lots about myself and developed significant skills that I still rely on today as a professional, wife and mother.

    Since graduation I have been an active volunteer with the sorority, and went on to work in a related field where I have been blessed to advise fraternity and sorority members at the campus where I currently work as well as Phi Sig chapters around the country. I have discovered a network of women that have become close friends from chapters all over the country. I think my years since graduating have been even more impactful than the years I spent in the chapter at Alma.

    And, yes, one of my sorority sisters was a bridesmaid in my wedding, I keep in touch with many of my chapter sisters, I support the international organization financially and when requested, the local chapter gets some funds from me as well!

    The choice is a personal one, but one I’d at least encourage you to consider. There are lots of great ways to be involved at Alma, and fraternities and sororities are just one, but they can certainly be a great way to build memories and connect to future opportunities!

    • Hi Robyn, Thank you for always being an avid follower of the blog! I am so grateful of you for sharing your story with me. It sounds like Phi Sig was a great choice for you. It was wonderful to hear of the opportunities you had due in part to the sorority. One of my main reasons for joining a sorority would be for the networking and connections. Don’t get me wrong, the social events would be fun, but I am interested in them for a deeper reason. Also, I love that you had a sister as a bridesmaid in your wedding!

      Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. Please see my comment on the Alma College Facebook page. Fraternity life enhanced my social life at Alma College. The school is small enough that being in a fraternity or sorority is not exclusive. As you move up into your upper level classes, time for socialization goes down and it is noce to have a group of friends with planned activites that you can move in and out of as your study life allows. Graduated in 75′.

    • Dale, thank you for your comments! My time for socialization is already shrinking–working two jobs, being a student congress representative, a member of the First Generation Connections program, and not to mention the lovely work load that comes with an Alma College education. It would be nice to have “sisters” that understand my responsibilities.

  3. Hey Cailee! You’ve asked some really good questions here and I appreciate the opportunity to share with you why I went Greek (and stayed). I joined Alpha Gamma Delta in 1990 when I was a freshman at Alma College. I liked the women who were members, I admired many of them from classes and other campus events and I knew that they would push me to keep my grades up and to get involved in campus activities. What I didn’t know was that 20+ years later, I would have more than 15 years of volunteer service to the Fraternity and a lifetime of experience. I’ve gotten jobs because of my Greek leadership experience (as an undergrad and now as an alumna) and when I relocated across the country and knew NO ONE, I immediately had a social group. What you probably aren’t thinking about today is what being Greek means in 10, 20 or even 50 years but I’d encourage you to think beyond today’s social activities and consider what this means professionally. If you aspire to leadership positions, Greek letter organizations are the perfect training ground. You’ll learn how to manage events (both the right AND wrong way), you’ll figure out how to manage conflicts (also right and wrong) and you’ll develop relationships that will last far beyond the 4 years you have at Alma. I pledged with 17 women on a snowy day in 1990 but they are now and will always be my sisters. Whatever colors you want to wear, I’d say Go Greek and learn to lead. Best wishes!

    • Hello Julie! Thank you very much for taking the time to read the blog. Your comment is wonderful and hits on a personal level for me when you mention leadership. Leadership is something I have always been interested in. In high school I was president of our service club (a section of the Rotary club, similar to Key Club). I also held an executive board position in German National Honors Society and was Editor-in-Chief of our yearbook staff. The passion to lead is something I found at a very young age. I feel like Greek may further enhance this passion and help me use it in other outlets in the future.

  4. I think that going Greek is a fantastic experience! You are required to have a certain grade point average to be in a sorority or fraternity, so grades are important. You will meet many people and your Greek family becomes your family away from home. College is where you meet lifelong friends, and if you join a sorority or fraternity, that is a major group of your lifelong friends. Being Greek is nothing like it is on t.v. You learn a lot of lifelong lessons, such as how to act in meetings for businesses. You have to take responsibility while in Greek life, and it will help you out throughout any field you choose to go into. Also, don’t feel pressured to join certain sororities or fraternities just because you have a lot of friends in one. You pick the one where you feel most at home. The sororities and fraternities on Alma’s campus get along together so it is okay if you are in different ones. I hope this helps you in your decision! :)

    • Jen, Thank you so much! Yes, it does help, and I love how you mention that Greek is nothing like what you see on T.V. I feel like as someone who has never attended a Greek event or even visited a house (YET!), you will always picture as how you see it in movies or on T.V. Thank you for the reminder that it is not :)

      Thanks for reading the blog!

  5. Like most of the Greeks at Alma, I was pretty convinced coming in that Greek life was just not going to be the thing for me. I had my heart set on joining and getting involved with a lot of different organizations, and sorority life wasn’t one of them. But as I was going through my first semester, I realized that there was something more I was looking for and wasn’t finding it in the things I had gotten involved in. I decided to attend an open house event for Phi Sigma Sigma one night because I was bored, and knew as soon as I had spent about five minutes with the sisters that I was home and what I was looking for could be found in this group of women. About two and half years later, I now write as the president of Phi Sig. I never, in my wildest dreams, could have pictured myself in this position and with Greek letters. But I can’t picture my life at Alma with Phi Sig!
    Just like any other organization, we have our ups and downs, and some days are better than others. And just like some organizations are not for everybody, neither is Greek life. But I know that what I have gained through being in a sorority I could not have gotten anywhere else. The friendships, the service opportunities, the connections, and the leadership skills that I have developed are very genuine and will (and already are) carrying over into the areas of my life outside of Alma.
    As far as dues go, if how much I pay is based off of the relationships I have built, the opportunities I have had, and the leadership and people skills I have gained, I certainly have not paid enough! Good luck making your decision!

    • Teresa, thank you so much! I absolutely love with your line ” if how much I pay is based off of the relationships I have built, the opportunities I have had, and the leadership and people skills I have gained, I certainly have not paid enough.” This one line shows so much. You are the current president of Phi Sig, I am assuming from your comment? If so, let me know of any events coming up and I would love to stop by the house!

      Thanks for checking out the blog.

  6. Yes, college is the place to make life long friends. But you can make life long friends outside of the Greek clique. Why do people feel the need to pay for their friends and the right to wear ugly matching sweaters? Or, for guys especially, why would they tolerate going through “initiation” (hazing, actually, which is better or worse depending on which frat they choose) in order to win friends and drinking buddies? While the party culture is far more tame at Alma, isn’t it better to have a good time with friends who aren’t your friends because you pay dues?

    • Jen, this is exactly the attitude I had while writing the blog. I wasn’t sure that I needed to “buy” my friends. I guess it is going to take a lot more contemplating and doing my research before I make a decision.

      Thanks for reading the blog and be sure to check back for future entries!

  7. As everyone has said, going Greek is a great experience. I had never actually considered going Greek until I was invited my second semester sophomore year. I eventually decided that it would be a great way to meet new people and to build a caring network of friends. If I had not joined a sorority I would never have met most of my friends (two of them lived in my hall freshman year!). Joining also lead on the path to hold multiple positions on campus (some because my sisters encouraged me to go for it). Even after graduation, I still talk to my sisters and return to campus to help with recruitment. I can not imagine what my life would be like if I had not joined Greek life at Alma College.

    • Thank you for commenting and make sure to check back and read the blog in the future!

      I am so glad to hear you found a place to call home at Alma, with wonderful sisters. That is the connection I hope to make!

  8. Cailee, The one theme that I am seeing here is that no one can make this choice for you. I felt the same way as Jen N. “Why would i want to buy my friends, I can make friends with out needing matching outfits and money.” I went my Freshman year with all my friends all joining sororities and even my room mate. Many of us were so close that we studied, hung out and, even all waited to go to dinner together. We are all still great friends. I even started hanging out at the Alpha Gamma Delta house just because all my friends were there. In my sophomore year I realized that I wasn’t buying my friends, they were already my friends and I was opening my horizon to new people things, and opportunities.

    Even now, 11 years later I still wear my Letters and I have met many new sisters just by wearing my Letters.

    I loved my experience with Alpha Gamma Delta, It truly was the family and home I needed. So thank you for allowing me to relive that time in my life for you.

    • Heather, thank you for sharing your story about Greek with me. It is great to hear about your connection at the AGD house and the opportunities it has provided for you! And of course, it is awesome to know that 11 years later you still wear your letters proudly.

      Go Scots!

  9. Cailee!

    I agree with Robin and can say that you are smart to ask these questions before getting all wrapped into the crazy, fun, hectic and confusing process that is teas, spreads & desserts – and then deeper commitment to a sorority.

    When I was a freshman, the idea of going Greek wasn’t my number one goal, but a few of my friends signed up to go through Winter Recruitment, so I decided to try it out too. I wasn’t too keen on the whole recruitment process and was still unsure about it and didn’t end up signing any of the bids I received that week.

    A few weeks after recruitment, I was visited late one evening by a couple sisters from Phi Sigma Sigma that handed me a personal bid invitation to join the organization. I thought about it and remembered the nice people I had met during recruitment and decided to go for it.

    Looking back on my four years in Phi Sig, I can say that I really enjoyed my time within in the sorority. I had a few leadership positions within the organization and enjoyed the aspect of getting to know people that I probably would not have crossed paths with, even if Alma was such a small community!

    I definitely was not the sister that spent all of my free time at the house or constantly wore my letters, but I think the experiences within the sorority changed my student experience. It gave me some fun memories from Alma, and it led me to meet some of my best friends.

    Like Robin said, the choice is a personal one, but one I encourage you to consider. In addition to Greek life, there are many great ways to be involved at Alma (which I know you already have discovered!). Greek Life is just one of those ways, but they can certainly be a great way to build memories and connect to future opportunities!

    Have fun. Good luck. Miss you.

    PS. Don’t forget to check out Alpha Phi Omega – the national service (co-ed) fraternity. Completely different from the social Greek Life you write about, but also a great close-knit group that is service oriented. You can be in a social sorority/fraternity & Alpha Phi Omega too :)

    • Kate, Thank you so much for sharing your story! I guess I never realized you were a member of Phi Sig! I really enjoyed reading your story and getting to know your perspective of it all. And as far as APO, I have been looking into that as well! :D I will let you know what I decide to do!

      Miss you very much! Thanks for always reading the blog.
      Hope you are having a great time in Peru.

  10. It’s really a big financial and time commitment. If there are already other organizations you’re involved in, that’s probably enough. It doesn’t make sense to “pay” for friends. Find some good friends and hang out with them. It’s a lot cheaper! And they can be just as true, life-long friends. When you feel like going and participating in Greek life, go to a party or hang out at a house. If you’re a freshman, I’d advise you to wait a while, explore other organizations before you make the big time and financial commitment to a sorority. You may find that your college experience is full and diverse enough – for free (or at least not adding to what you are already paying for college!). I did not have a social sorority on my resume, but a lot of other awesome experiences. I had a great time at Alma and have some of my truest friends from there. :) Good luck!

    • Ann,

      Thanks for sharing. It is good to hear both sides. That is exactly what I wanted. Thanks for reading & continue to check back for new entries.

  11. I can say without a doubt that going Greek has been the best decision on my life! I’ve been a member of Phi Sigma Sigma for a year now and my sisters are everything to me. Before I came to Alma I was looking at joining a sorority because my high school track coach and my mentor was a Gamma Phi during her time at Alma, & I could the way it had bettered her experience.

    As for the dues money, the experiences and memories that come from my sisterhood in Phi Sigma Sigma are worth all the money in the world. The dues are only a small part, and the results of paying those dues are completely, 100% worth it.

    My favorite part of being Greek is just that, having the opportunity to call my fellow members my sisters. They are all beautiful, intelligent women and are the largest support system I have. I don’t know what my life would be like now if I hadn’t gone through. This organization has changed my life for the better; I have better time management skills, have great leadership opportunities, and have become a more-rounded individual.

    Is greek life worth it? That’s really up to you to decide, but I wouldn’t change my decision for anything else in the world.

    • Megan, thanks for your feedback! I feel like many of these comments are from Phi Sig sisters, obviously you are all very proud of your sisterhood. I am glad to know that you feel the dues are more than worth it, because that is something that a new member wouldn’t learn for awhile, so that is nice to know ahead of time. Thanks!

  12. I’m going to be completely honest and say that I too had hesitancies with the greek system. When I was a freshman, I saw all the hustle and bustle of recruitment from the girls in my hall. It seemed like it was all too stressful and it wasn’t something i’d ever consider. Little did I know, being asked to join a sorority was right around the corner. When I was asked I realized that I wasn’t enjoying college, and I was probably closer to transferring than i’d like to admit. So, I decided that i’d take a leap, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Going greek does not mean that you are paying for you friends as some would like to point out. I think it’s very important to look and see where the money does go. It’s good to learn who and what it helps because you might be very impressed with what you find out. I can’t speak for larger colleges, but I know that at alma college you will learn each and every one of your sisters or brothers on a personal level. You will create bonds that will forever be cherished and remembered. I see a group of my sorority sisters fairly often and it’s something I love doing. As far as time management goes, I was able to maintain my grades, be apart of my sorority (Alpha Gamma Delta) and head up and plan relay for life. Maybe going greek isn’t for everyone, but I think joining is definitely something to consider.

    • Karin, thanks for reading the blog! When you say “being asked?” What does this mean? You did not go through recruitment?

  13. I will tell you the same thing I told my little sister when she started college. The decision to go greek will be your own, but I recommend at least going through recruitment to find out first-hand why men and women have “paid for their friends” for over a century. Pledging Alpha Gamma Delta was the right decision for me and I know others feel the same about their fraternities and sororities. My little sister had a less positive college experience and she says she would still join her sorority. If you keep an open mind you just might be surprised at who you’ll call family and ultimately, whether or not you pledge, that’s what college is about.

  14. I have to say that when I started at Alma I intended to be “GDI” and remain that way. I didn’t understand the need to pay dues to belong to be able to call people my friends, and I thought that all of the hype seemed somewhat ridiculous. I’m not sure what changed my mind my sophomore year. Perhaps it was the fact that I was already friends with quite a few Alpha Gams, but I decided to pledge. There were many women in the group that I admired, I welcomed the opportunity for service and leadership, and heck–just hanging out at the chapter house seemed like fun. (Especially since half the campus when home on the weekends.) Yes, there were times when being in the sorority annoyed me. There were times when I couldn’t stand some of the requirements, but looking back, I haven’t regretted it a single bit. The friendships I made with an amazing group of women have held strong to this day. I have friends that never joined a sorority and we remain friends too, but there is something about calling people my “sisters” that provides a bond that never disappears. Some of the sisters in my year have had rough and tragic events this past year but because of the network that still remains strong we were able to support those sisters and each other as we dealt with the losses. We have gotten together to laugh, cry, and remember. I have met women that joined AGD after I graduated and they have greeted me with open arms. I even felt this rush of excitement recently when I learned that a new worker at my agency was also an Alpha Gam. I always know that I have a circle of women that I can count on, whether we remain closely in touch or not, and that has made it all worthwhile.

    • Kristin, is it so nice to hear of your experience. The network of connections due to sororities/fraternities amazes me. It is so nice that you can stay connected with your sisters and still be there for each other. I hope that one day I can share the same bonds, here at Alma.

      Make sure to check back to the blog for future entries!

  15. I agree with the others above that it is good that you are asking these questions now. It is important to feel fully informed before you make your choice.

    As so many others, I was hesitant my freshmen year to join the Greek community. I believed all the stereotypes about sororities and the people who joined them. It wasn’t until I realized how many women just like me were members of sorority that my perspective started to change. I started attending Open Houses and pre-recruitment events at different houses. When I first walked in the door of Alpha Gamma Delta, I knew that this is where I belong.

    It’s so much more than meetings and matching shirts. More than fundraisers and letters. It is the amazing feeling of being with people who want nothing more than for you to be yourself. Through my 4 years in the group I became a stronger person. As president of the group, I was able to attend several leadership conferences that taught me skills I use to this day. I am still close with many of my sisters. My best friend is also a sister. She helped me plan my wedding and baby shower. Now I have the honor of helping her plan her wedding.

    As with everything in life, Greek life is what you put into it. If you open yourself up to the experience, it will change you for the better. I wish you luck on your journey. No matter where you go, you can’t go wrong.

    • Thank you Melissa! I love that your sister helped plan your wedding and baby shower and that you are now returning the favor.

  16. I’ll echo many and congratulate you for putting a lot of thought into your decision. Greek life isn’t for everyone, and I think on a small campus like Alma it’s easy to get sucked in. That said, I was Greek, and absolutely do not regret the experience. I still got pretty good grades, and was able to be in every other organization in which I was interested, including Model UN, FCEE, Amnesty, Student Congress, Alpha Phi Omega, and a few that I’m forgetting because I know my list was longer than that. With everything else that was going on it sometimes felt like a big burden, but my sorority also had an ‘excuse note’ system for mandatory events that allowed me to miss things if I had class or an overwhelming amount of homework. Everything wasn’t perfect, especially since I am not perfect and have a tendency to speak my mind before really thinking it through, but the beauty of being committed to such a big, diverse group is that it’s so hard to walk away. Greek life taught me about service and leadership, but it also taught me how to work through interpersonal problems. I was also incredibly shy when I came to college, and my sorority house (even before I joined) was somewhere that I felt like I could go where no one would judge me. Having the house as a safe place absolutely got me through some rough times.

    Regarding dues- to my knowledge, all the Alma chapters have some kind of payment plan which can make things a lot easier. Also, scholarships and grants can really help. This past year I was lucky enough to receive an educational award from our national foundation, which exceeded the total amount I had paid in dues. Now, when people accuse me of paying for my friends, I tell them that the Phi Sigs actually pay to be friends with me! =P

    I’m a 2011 grad so it hasn’t been that long, but I’m still very close with many of my sisters. It’s strange to see recruitment pictures and know that I won’t be there for walk outs. I moved to a different part of the country to start grad school and, while I’ve met wonderful people here, I miss constantly being surrounded by women who share my values and challenge me to be better. (Unfortunately my graduate institution does not allow social Greek life so I haven’t been able to volunteer with a chapter- something to put on my bucket list!)

    I really feel like college is about trying new things, and I encourage everyone to give Greek life a chance. Fall recruitment is much more relaxed (and is shorter!) and would give you an opportunity to ask active sisters all of these questions. There’s no commitment- if you don’t want to sign a bid at the end, no one will think any worse of you for it. Plus, the food is pretty great- I definitely recommend the cucumber sandwiches at KI!

    • Thank you so much for your response, Lauren. Those KI cucumber sandwiches are rumored to be DELICIOUS! I think that Fall recruitment is going to be far-less stressful and I think I will give it a shot in Fall 2012!

  17. I agree with the general sentiment here. I did not even consider Greek Life before coming to Alma… in fact, it never even occurred to me that there would be fraternities and sororities on campus. When winter recruitment came around, and with it my first chance to go Greek, I was confused and unsure. I’d met so many amazing people who were Greek, people who completely bucked the stereotypes I’d grown up with, but those stereotypes still lingered. I didn’t want to be a “sorority girl.” But I was still curious, so I signed the list at the last possible moment and went through recruitment. After desserts, I called my mom and told her I was joining a sorority. My questions had been answered and I knew that Greek Life was for me.
    Yes, the dues are expensive. Yes, it’s a time commitment. Yes, sometimes I get frustrated with my sisters just like I do with other friends and family. But it’s worth it. I’ve been given opportunities that nothing else in my college career could equal. I’ve met people across the county, women with whom I never would have realized I shared a bond until we realized we have Phi Sigma Sigma in common. I’ve raised money for philanthropic causes that I care about, helped out sisters who needed a study buddy, help with a paper, or just a hug. And you know what? I’ve gotten that same love and support back in spades. So all in all, I am not, and have never been, a “sorority girl,” but I am Greek, and I am very proud of it.

    • Caitlin, thanks for sharing! I feel just like you did. Sororities come with lots of stereotypes, but around Alma College I feel like a lot of them are completely untrue. The love & support you received is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Joining the Greek System at Alma was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It afforded me opportunities to develop my leadership skills, as well as my mentoring skills through positions within my organization, philanthropic opportunities, and Panhellnic involvement. I also learned so much from the women who were leading the organization when I joined. The women I met not only in my own organization, but individuals throughout the Greek System (both in the sororities and fraternities) are still some of my best friends to this day.

    I’ve also been fortunate to have an amazing connection to my organization as an alumna. After graduation, I began volunteering for the national organization, and became involved as an advisor for another undergraduate chapter. I helped found the Metro Detroit Alumnae Chapter, and have served as the chapter president for several years. Through the alumnae chapter, I’ve met amazing women from other chapters, and seen how the initial connection through the organization builds deeper relationships. And recently, how those relationships have helped sisters find jobs.

    I can also honestly say that my experience in Phi Sigma Sigma has helped me professionally. I openly discuss my involvement in interviews, and have even run across several recruiters who were involved in Greek Life when they were in college. I was also able to spend a year working for the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation as a development officer. I traveled across the country meeting alumnae women from many of our chapters, and still remain in contact with many of them. My work for the Foundation has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, shaping both who I am as an individual, and also my goals and aspirations for my life-long involvement in the organization.

    As many people have said, this decision is ultimately a personal one. I never thought about joining a sorority before signing up for recruitment, but the wonderful thing about Alma is that these opportunities are there for you to consider!

    • Thanks Melissa!

      It seems that Phi Sigma Sigma helped you gain many rewarding experiences and that is something I would love to experience!

      Thanks for sharing.

  19. I was also in the same boat as you during the whole Recruitment Process. I remember when someone first mentioned the idea of joining a sorority during Fall Recruitment 2010 and I was skeptical. I based everything I knew of sororities on movies and had no intention of joining Greek Life. However, I did attend some open houses with my friends and we had a lot of fun. In January of last year, one of my friends and I made an agreement that we’d go through Recruitment together just to try it out. The friends and family members I mentioned my decision too were very surprised. I just wanted to try something new, even if it seemed a little out of my comfort zone.

    Today, I am a proud member of Phi Sigma Sigma. My sisters are amazing women and they have taught me so much already in the past year I’ve been invovled. The dues are just part of the process and it is pretty pricey but the memories, the friends you make, and the skills you take with you for a lifetime are worth so much more than dues. My advice is to join the organization where you feel at home, no matter what the dues are. That’s what I did and I don’t regret it for a second.

    Good luck in your decision making process! I hope these responses are helping you. By the way, I think this blog idea of yours is great. :)

    • Erin,
      Thank you so much. I’m glad you like the blog! Check back for future entries and maybe even a post next fall about me becoming Greek?

      Thanks for sharing your story with me. As like everyone else, you have helped enlighten me on what it is to be Greek and also helped in wiping away the stereotyped ideas I had of being Greek.

  20. Like many of the other responses, I never thought that I would join a sorority before coming to college. To be honest, I was intimidated by the whole idea, and too shy of a person. But in the end, my shyness is what made me decide to try it. Around the end of my sophomore year, I began to want to increase my circle of friends-I had a few friends, but still felt pretty lonely on campus. I decided that once Fall Recruitment came around the next year, I would take a leap and try it. When the time came, I was completely terrified of what would happen. I was scared of being judged, and I didn’t think that any of the sororities would want me. In the end, I am so glad that I took the chance and put myself out there. Being a part of AGD has helped me in so many ways. I have met and become close friends with so many amazing women that have helped me to come out of my shell and feel comfortable being myself. Being sisters with them has helped me feel accepted and loved in more ways than I could ever express. I know that I have a support system, caring friends, and that I’m never alone. My decision to go greek was one of the most important decisions I made during my time at college. Now that I’m a senior, I truly do wish I had made the decision sooner, because although I have had lots of great memories just from the last 2 years, I wish I had gotten the opportunity to spend more time with my sisters. It know it sort of sounds like a cliche, but my sisters have helped me become a better version of my self by inspiring me, supporting me and helping me to feel at home.

    • Caitlin, thanks for checking out my blog! Also, thank you for sharing your story. Im glad to hear that AGD has been such a rewarding experience for you.

  21. Erin,
    Thank you so much. I’m glad you like the blog! Check back for future entries and maybe even a post next fall about me becoming Greek? :)

    Thanks for sharing your story with me. As like everyone else, you have helped enlighten me on what it is to be Greek and also helped in wiping away the stereotyped ideas I had of being Greek.

  22. Hello Cailee! I have been trying to figure out the best way to explain my experience with the Greek system. Going Alpha Gamma Delta was one of the best things I have ever done in my life. The first time I walked into that house I knew it was my home. It may be odd to say this, but it wasn’t till after I graduated that I knew just what I had joined. This past summer my brother had his kidneys removed and it was then that I knew my sisters where there for me. The day after his surgery he received a bear while his doctor was in the room. He was asked to read it aloud. As it turned out it was my AGD sisters. They wished him a fast and speedy recovery. His doctor asked who Alpha Gamma Delta was. I explained to her that it was my sorority sisters. As we were talking a lady delivered flowers to the room. It was once again from the ladies of AGD stating that if I needed anything at all just ask, that they were there for me and my brother. The doctor was in shock that even after graduation that the sorority still cared. And I explained to her that it wasn’t just a group of girls, AGD was family. It was then that I knew that I had. I had a support group that if I was having a hard time would help lift me up when I was down or celebrate with me when things were going good. I know that this may not help answer your questions about Greek life on campus, but I do hope that it helps explain that they are there for you after you leave which sometimes just as important. I wish you the best during recruitment, enjoy every moment of it.

    • Wow, Jamie. That is extremely inspirational. It is so great to know that your sisters had your back through that tough time in your life, and also had your brothers! It may not directly answer my questions, but your post did more than that. It shows the long term advantages of going Greek. Thank you very much for sharing that.

  23. Cailee,
    Clearly you can see from all of these comments that going Greek must be a personal decision. However, from reading these other comments, it does not seem that anyone who has actually gone Greek has regretted that decision. That has to tell you something. I understand that many people have the mentality of “paying for friends.” You are by no means paying to be friends with the other women in your sorority- you can do that for free simply by hanging out with them. The dues you pay go towards cutting costs for any events you may have. Because you show an interest in leadership, this will come in handy for you. Think of it this way- you join a sorority and get into a leadership position, when it comes time for you to have an event, you can use part of your budget for said event. Chances are, you will get a much better turnout if the event is free, or at a cheaper cost, and dues allow just that! While some of your dues will go towards membership fees, only a small percentage will not be coming back to you in one way or another. While it is a time commitment, it is only what you put in. At times if you are feeling overwhelmed, skip some of the non-mandatory events and just stick with the meetings and other mandatory things. Then when you feel you have a lot of free time- take that time to enjoy the extras! I would suggest at least trying out Recruitment. There is no harm in poking around and seeing what you think! It is true you may not like it, but you may also fall in love with an amazing group of women!

    Hope this helps! Love you.

    Morgan

    • Thanks so much Morgan! You are so right! It is good to know that dues can be allocated towards some events and not all of it goes straight to national for dues.

      Love & miss you!!

      -Cailee

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