How Sororities Prepare You for the Real World

How Sororities Prepare Us For The Real World

When you arrive on campus freshman year, you’re clueless. You’re like a little kid let loose in a candy store, a candy store full of cute fraternity guys, an endless supply of drinks, and bars that actually cater to the underage. There are no rules, no parents, and no curfews (not like you ever followed one, anyway). You’re left without any real guidance for the first time ever, which is where your sorority comes in. Your sisters guide you through college and prepare you for what’s next.

You Learn To Hide Your Wild Side

When you join your sorority, you’re told you’re always wearing your letters, which basically means you shouldn’t vom where people can see you or near penetration in a public place. Yes, some sisters bend the rules, but you get them back to the house before it gets too softcore or scary. Your letters means so much to so many different people, and you don’t want to be the hot mess that messes with your house’s perfect reputation. So, as much as you want to be wild 24/7, you learn to keep your craziest moments private, or at least private to everyone other than your sisters…and the boy of the moment when you’re in too many shots deep. In the real world, like the Greek world, people talk. Your expertise in avoiding standards is perfect preparation for your company Christmas party, when you have to look semi-sober.

You Learn To Secretly Stalk

Sorority girls know the importance of a good Facebook stalk. Our social media’s clean, even if it might not mirror real life exactly. We’re ready for for the intense scrutiny of a future employer or a boyfriend’s mother. A sorority girl will never be catfished, because recruitment teaches us advanced stalking skills. Recruitment also teaches us how to smile through hours of small talk, which is perfect preparation for awkward office encounters. While stealth stalking may seem like a useless hobby to the uninitiated, it translates well to the real world. By the time your boss asks you to research something, you’re already ten levels deep in your creeping, ready with a report.

You Learn To Lead

Officer transition feels just like your first week at a new job, and holding a position is flawless training. In a job, like a position, you take notes, turn in seemingly useless information constantly, and attend meetings all the time. Holding a position prepares you for a career more than most internships do. Being an officer helps you learn how to be in charge in a completely comfortable, totally supportive environment. Whether you’re in control of the whole chapter, or just a committee, you gain irreplaceable leadership skills. After all, even born leaders need experience, and there’s no better way to get it than by bossing around guiding your sisters.

While sorority life is the best way to guarantee you’re ready for the real world, there are some things you can’t bring to life after graduation. It’s frowned upon to rock norts in the workplace, even if you’re totally planning on lying about going to the gym later. You can’t spend an important meeting discussing who hooked up at the last exchange. Sadly, it’s not okay to show up to the office in a shack shirt, and you can’t leave suddenly because you’re too hungover to live. It’s also more difficult to blacklist someone in the real world (but don’t worry, nothing’s impossible). But since you got all of that out of your system during college, you’re perfectly prepared for post-grad.


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Fleur de Lilly

Fleur de Lilly (@margaretabrams) is a contributing writer for Total Sorority Move and Post Grad Problems. When she's not corrupting her big's baby, she can be found decoding texts, gravitating towards raised surfaces, and spending time with her gentleman caller, Jack Daniels. She loves Lilly, Louisiana, and her lineage.

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