Between superficial recruitment videos, one-dimensional Tumblr pages, and valueless tier systems, the real purpose of sororities can be lost. After all, most of your days won’t be spent in bikinis by the beach or blowing glitter at a camera. However, the reality is actually so much more exciting than that. The reality is that you will meet your absolute best friends who will not only make your college experience better but your whole life more fulfilling. It’s not because they force you all to spend time together or because you all have the same physical characteristics, it is because you all went through the hell of recruitment for the same reason. You all wanted to be a part of a sisterhood.
To be honest, it takes some time. Sisterhood doesn’t come attached to your bid day shirt. It develops slowly between the nights out, study sessions, and random new member meetings. I know I can’t speak on behalf of all chapters, but if your chapter is anything like mine you’ll start to feel it in doses. You’ll feel it when that asshole doesn’t text you back and your sister reminds you he’s not worth it. You’ll feel it when you don’t do so hot on a test and need some reassurance. You’ll feel it when summer starts to get closer and you heart sinks because you can’t picture not spending every day with this group of girls.
Sisterhood is so much more than your favorite drinking buddy or having people who reliably like your Instagram photos. It’s having multiple people who agreed from the start to be there for each other. Yes, that does include staying in and buying ice cream for your sister who just went through a breakup or going out and taking shots with your sister who just landed her dream internship. However, what you can’t see is the feeling that this sisterhood brings you. It brings you a shield because you have a group of people who will protect you through the good, the bad, and the ugly. It brings you a home because you know that no matter what happens, you have not only one but multiple people who will warmly welcome you anytime. It brings you the confidence and support to challenge yourself to do things that fear once held you back from.
Although I can’t speak for every girl in a sorority, I know this is what my chapter’s sisterhood has brought me. It’s not something the frat next door can see from the outside or even something my future employers will understand when they read my resume. But trust me, it’s there. The group of women that I call my sisters have truly become a part of who I am. I know they’ll be the ones who I’ll call when I get that job I really wanted, the ones that will hold my wedding dress when I walk down the aisle, and the ones who I’ll run to when I just need someone to listen. If someone told me this would happen before I rushed, I wouldn’t have believed them — but little did I know how much my life was about to change..
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