42 Ways To Build A Strong Sisterhood Without Hazing


September 21-25, is considered National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) and is extremely important to Greek chapters across the country. So this week, while we’re all changing our profile pictures and participating in anti-hazing marches, make sure to evaluate your own chapter. Now’s the time to not only stand against hazing, but stand with your sisters, and make sure you have the strongest chapter you possibly can. Here are a few ways to create a steadfast sisterhood without hazing, and without being totally lame. Because it’s not just about you anymore. The entire Greek community across the nation is counting on you. But, whatever. No pressure.

  1. Eat pizza.
  2. Seriously. Eat lots of pizza and talk about how “bad” you are.
  3. And then agree to never tell anyone how much pizza you ate.
  4. Cry.
  5. Cry a lot.
  6. Cry at preference night. Cry at initiation. Cry during big little reveal.
  7. Basically just never stop crying.
  8. Watch all of the Harry Potter movies together.
  9. And cuddle on the couch while you talk about which character you’d hook up with.
  10. Cedric. Obviously. But whatever.
  11. Talk.
  12. Actually talk. About your family. About things you care about. About things you eat when you’re drunk and sad (read: everything).
  13. And even better than that. Listen.
  14. Listen to the things your sisters say, and more importantly, the things they don’t.
  15. Mutually hate ex-boyfriends together.
  16. Same goes for boyfriends’ exes.
  17. And always offer your Instagram up to stalk the people your sister hates.
  18. Stay up way too late doing absolutely nothing together.
  19. And wake up way too early to find your little curled up in bed next to you.
  20. Play pranks on your house mom.
  21. And the fraternity next door.
  22. Give presents not just to win people over.
  23. And not just because it’s Initiation week or Big Appreciation week.
  24. Well, give presents then, but also just because.
  25. And don’t be afraid to send a tasteful Edible Arrangement to your rush crush.
  26. Seriously. Everyone loves that shit.
  27. Attend sisterhood events.
  28. And have sisterhood events that don’t just involve tequila.
  29. Never let a member drive home drunk.
  30. And put her safety and wellbeing over discipline and “standards.”
  31. Take ugly Snapchats.
  32. And promise never to use them against each other.
  33. Until senior farewells, of course.
  34. Have a bangin’ meal plan.
  35. And attend it. No matter how hungover you are.
  36. Hold each other accountable.
  37. But don’t be afraid to forgive.
  38. Make your house a place where makeup isn’t required.
  39. And sweatpants are the norm.
  40. A place where messy buns are in, and shack shirts are accepted.
  41. Make sure that every sister knows just how special, cherished, and loved she is.
  42. And no matter what, be proud of the person you are with your letters. The person you are with your chapter. And the person you are when you’re “home.”


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Rachel Varina

(yeahokaywhat) Aspiring to be the next Tina Fey, Rachel spends her free time doing nothing to reach that goal. While judging people based on how they use "they're" vs. "there" on social media, she likes eating buffalo chicken dip, watching other people's Netflix, and wearing sweatpants way more than is socially acceptable.

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