Guest Blogger: Lauren of Lauren Rose Prep

I’m sure many of you have started school today, as have I. Good luck, and I hope you have an amazing year!

Many of you may be wondering if Greek life is right for you. Today Lauren is going to give you a taste of what sororities are like. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, Lauren! Be sure to check out her blog, Lauren Rose Prep!

I came to college with an open mind, but I was sure that Greek life wasn’t for me. No one in my family belonged to a sorority or fraternity and to be honest, I didn’t even really know what a sorority was. However after the first few weeks of school, I saw girls with Greek letters on their bags and stories about how they made their best friends from their sorority. I soon realized that maybe this was something that I was interested in. Joining a sorority (Alpha Delta Pi) was one of the best decisions I made freshman year. However if you are like me before I joined and don’t know anything about it, it can be intimidating. I hope these tips are helpful and get you excited about Greek life!
1) Like I said, I didn’t know exactly what a sorority was before I came to college. But now after being in one, I would describe it as a sisterhood that is focused on improving women in all aspects of their lives, as well as dedicated to helping out their community. It’s really a place for women in college to come together and support each other.
2) Each sorority has a philanthropy. If you don’t know what that means, it’s basically a charity or organization that sisters help raise money and volunteer for. I think that this is one of the best ways to get involved in your sorority and community, so make sure it’s one you are passionate about!
3) Once you are in a sorority, you will have ‘chapter’ once a week. This is basically just a meeting with all sisters to catch everyone up on what is going on in the sorority and events coming up in the future.
4) You won’t necessarily be living in the house, that is if your sorority even has a house. At my school, our house is very small and only around 8 to 10 girls live in it. However, my best friend is also in ADPi at a large school, and her house has about 50 girls living in it. So it really depends on what the house situation is at each school.
5) The only downside I have encountered so far as a member of a sorority are dues. These are the fees you have to pay in order to be a member. It can actually get pretty expensive, so it helps to get a job over the summer or save up some money before going through recruitment. That being said, the money is well spent. The dues that I pay go towards putting on events, mixers with fraternities, and fundraisers. It’s worth it, but can be a little shocking if you’re not expecting it.
Overall, joining a sorority has been the best experience. You meet so many amazing women and become part of a sisterhood that is nationwide. When going through recruitment, don’t get set on one house. I know some girls who went through it in order to join a certain sorority and were completely devastated when they didn’t get a bid. Don’t do this! I promise you will end up in the house that is best for you and be greeted by a group of wonderful sisters who are there to welcome you into their sisterhood. Keep an open mind and a positive outlook throughout the whole experience. It will change you in a good way and make your experience in college that much better!

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  • the dahlia scene
    August 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I couldn't have imagined college without my sisters, but my school was 90% Greek. I didn't get into the sorority of my dreams, but I'm certain that it ended up for the best. Everyone has to consider what they want from college, but I always recommend sororities even if it's just for the post graduation networking.

  • Zoe Diaz-McLeese
    August 25, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I love this! I was exactly the same way when I went to college – I was positive I wasn't going to join a sorority, but I ended up going through recruitment and joining Delta Zeta has been one of the best decisions that I have made so far in college!

    Zoe | La Vie en Zoe

  • Emma Walker
    August 26, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Love this!
    Emma| With A City Dream