17 Wishes For My Little

Little,

You mean the world to me, and I hope you know that. I want nothing less than the world for you, and I know that you’re strong enough, smart enough, and driven enough to take it.

17. I wish that your heart never hurts.


However, I know that it will. I will be by your side when it does, though, and you will survive it.

16. I wish that you will give back to our sisterhood as much as it has given you.


Take on leadership roles, attend every event you can, spend time just sitting with your sisters. Every opportunity to create special bonds with the girls in our chapter should be taken.

15. I wish that you will sometimes be irresponsible.


Go out on a Wednesday. Stay up till 3 AM before an early morning class for no good reason. Buy that shirt that’s a tiny bit out of your price range. Don’t do this every day, obviously, but occasionally it’s fun to break the rules.

14. I wish that you will wear your letters with pride.


One of my favorite quotes about Greek Life is this: “When your letters are in front of you, you know your sisters are behind you.” I hope you never forget this.

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10 Reasons To Love Being Disaffiliated For Recruitment

At my school, we’re Rho Gammas. Every campus has a different name for us, but every group does the same thing: we take off our letters to help you find yours. Wether you’re a recruitment counselor or a member of Panhel Exec board, it can be hard (and kind of sad) to be separated from your sisters, at least publicly. Luckily, there are some perks.

10. MORE T-SHIRTS


Since we can’t wear the plethora of shirts we have with our own chapter on them, being disaffiliated kind of eliminates your entire wardrobe. So, we obviously have to do an order of shirts that say Rho Gamma, or Pi Chi, or whatever on them. Right?

9. Getting to know other disaffiliated girls.


If your group is paired with the group of a girl you barely know, you’re about to spend 45 minutes eating food and sitting in a stranger’s bedroom with said girl. Chances are you’re gonna find something to talk and laugh about. The next time you see her on campus, you both smile and say hello and maybe make plans to grab coffee. And isn’t that what being a Greek woman is all about?

8. Getting the inside scoop.


As their recruitment counselor, the PNMs come to you with tough decisions. If they’re torn between to houses, you know about it. And you, with your infinite wisdom, get to help them figure out which one fits them better. You also know which girls become horrible and catty the second they step out of the houses.

7. Recruitment Week is a lot less stressful for us.


The week leading up to recruitment? That pretty much sucks. But we don’t have the pressure of impressing the girls, following your Recruitment Chair’s dress code, asking the right questions, and making sure you’re perfectly Panhellenic. We just have to put them in alphabetical order and hold their shit. Boom.

6. The questions.


The PNMs want nothing more than to figure out our affiliation. They will ask and guess and try to stalk our social media through its airtight security (thanks, Panhel). It’s fun to hear their guesses. It’s also fun to try and trick them. It’s even more fun when they figure out they get to be your sister.

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Your Sorority Sisters as Santa’s Reindeer

You know the song, “Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”. And you can’t forget Rudolph of course. Now think about your sisters. Don’t they kind of fit those titles quite well. I mean they’re all quite different but can come together to complete tasks quite well, from philanthropy events to recruitment rounds that last far too long.

You’ve got…

9. Dasher

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Dasher is the sister who couldn’t get out of chapter meetings faster. If she can make an excuse to never show up at sorority events she will. Sometimes you don’t even know why she joined a sorority but then you see her finally smiling at a function surrounded by a bunch of frat brothers basically becoming a walking standards violation.

and…

8. Dancer

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Dancer is the sister who is the first to volunteer to be Fraternity sweetheart just so she can show off her dance skills for her talent at the philanthropy event. She is the first to start a dance circle at every function and knows how to twerk, dougie, do the cupid’s shuffle, whip, nae nae, wobble, and do basically any other move you can think of. She may be a part of the dance team or maybe she just likes to dance for fun but either way you dig this sister’s moves.

and…

7. Prancer

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Prancer is the sister who’s always trying to stay positive. She’s the recruitment chair or sisterhood chair who tries to avoid drama and wants to solve problems within the sorority instead of dwelling on the past. She is a very emotional person but knows how to pull it together and be tough when needed. She prances around during discussions trying to soothe hurt sisters and build up those whose opinions are being ignored. She is one to watch and could make a great sorority president someday.

and…

6. Vixen

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Vixen is the sister who always has the hottest formal date, best barn dance partner, and cutest singing partner for any philanthropy event. She is the girl who always has a date and doesn’t want to be tied down. She gives the best dating advice and knows which fraternity guys are total losers and which are secret sweethearts. Go to her after your big breakup and she’ll tell you what apps to download, clubs to go to, and parties to check out.

and…

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The 12 Days of Srat-mas

On the first day of Srat-mas, my sisters gave to me:
An invite to a frat party.

On the second day of Srat-mas, my sisters gave to me:
Two handmade paddles and an invite to a frat party.

On the third day of Srat-mas, my sisters gave to me:
Three comfort colors, two handmade paddles, and an invite to a frat party.

On the fourth day of Srat-mas, my sisters gave to me:
Four Venti lattes, three comfort colors, two handmade paddles, and an invite to a frat party.

On the fifth day of Srat-mas, my sisters gave to me:
FIVE LEGACIES, four Venti lattes, three comfort colors, two handmade paddles, and an invite to a frat party.

On the sixth day of Srat-mas, my sisters gave to me:
Six pearl earrings, FIVE LEGACIES, four Venti lattes, three comfort colors, two handmade paddles, and an invite to a frat party.

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10 Ways the Pink Ladies are Just Like Your Sorority Sisters

The Pink Ladies are just like sorority girls. They’re classy, sassy, and always arrive in style. If you’ve watched Grease, sang along, and idolized the Pink Ladies, and have always wanted to be a part of their crew just look around at your sisters because you basically already are one.

Here are 10 ways the Pink Ladies are just like your sorority sisters:

10. They always wear matching outfits. 

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Those jackets are never to be forgotten and neither will your adorable matching family shirts, lettered shorts, or spirit jerseys. Mostly because once you become an alumni you’ll be passing them down to your little, grandlittles, and maybe even great grand littles depending on how large your family line is.

9. They know how to dance all night. 

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Just like you they know how to pick the perfect dress, date, and dance moves for the perfect end-of-the-year formal. There’s nothing better than formal with your sisters all around you.

8. They have killer sleepovers. 

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Because living in your sorority house is basically like having the best sleepover every night. You’re surrounded by girls who you love and in between study sessions, your sisters are always there to watch a movie, make up a dance, or just be silly with you.

7. Their singing skills are amazing. 

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Your sorority has a song or two you’ve memorized and you also have done every type of singing and lip-synching competition by participating in your sorority’s philanthropy, Greek Week, and other sorority or fraternity events on campus. You’re basically a pro just like Sandy, Danny, and the gang.

6. Their hair always looks flawless. 

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Whether your little’s hair is pastel pink, purple, blonde or brunette you’ll compliment her almost every day because she is just cuter than cute and everyone else knows it. Of course she takes after her big.

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Dealing with FOMO – Study Abroad

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Seeing family, eating mountains of delicious food- all the speciality wines and hard liquors get broken out of the typically locked adult cabinets. Wait until you get to the point where everyone in your family is old enough to abandon the football broadcast for a lively game of Cards Against Humanity instead of the traditional poker. It’s hilariously traumatic.

Anyway, this year, my family was asking me about my time that I spend studying abroad in England. I was happily chatting away when in my haste, I sputtered that part of me was anxious about the FOMO when it came to my participation in my sorority. Their blank stares met mine as I realized that most people don’t speak sorority girl. Time to explain how I dealt with my fear of missing out in a new social life to my bewildered family.

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I studied aboard the spring semester of my junior year, just one semester after joining my sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma at Temple University. Temple has a very extensive international network. Many sisters in my chapter study abroad each semester, including the summer, and I know we’ve all gone through this insane fear. Before I even went out for recruitment, I made sure that my intention to study abroad the next semester wouldn’t affect my membership. Still, I was nervous. This new intense social life was just beginning and I knew that I would be missing out on a lot when I went away. My chapter at the time was right around 150 girls. How could I, after just joining, make sure that I still had a presence at my chapter back home? I was about to disappear for six months, and then it would be summer.

Here’s the thing. It doesn’t matter whether you have a chapter of 25 girls or 300 girls – those girls will be missing you just as much as you are missing them. My twin sent me a care package filled with girl scout cookies and swag. I met up with a sister who was studying abroad in Spain when I traveled to Barcelona. I would get posts on my Facebook wall to remind me that I was loved and missed. Best of all, my social media ego exploded from the WCWs thrown at me and was thrilled to throw them right back.

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The best way to deal with FOMO, because there is no stopping it (despite all the denial and the wine), is to accept that it’s happening. The themed socials, the fundraisers, recruitment, Greek Week and that newly single gorgeous fraternity boy will all pass you by during the time that you are away. You’ll miss out on the pictures, the drunk takeout and Sunday brunch. You can keep up with the posts in your private groups on social media all you want.

But before we nestle into bed for a Netflix binge with a pint of ice cream that will surely make the scary FOMO go away, take a deep breath, and remember something very, very important.

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Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity. While the semester back home is continuing on without you, you’re in a different country sipping wine in a vineyard in Italy, or snagging a handsome French man to kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower, and you should be focusing all of your energy absorbing as much of the amazing world that we live in. I realized that I should be appreciating the windmills in Holland instead of hiding back in my flat at my University watching my chapters Greek Sing performance from Greek Week over and over again.

The best part of studying abroad is how busy you will get. You should make efforts to maximize your time while you’re away because you never know the next time you’ll be back. You will be distracted by all the culture, the parties, the people and the adventures that you will have and slowly, your FOMO will be the last thing on your mind.

Don’t let the FOMO stop you from taking the risk and studying abroad. It is not pleasant, but your chapter isn’t going to forget about you. They’re always going to be there to support you. In your worst case scenario, when you’re trapped in an airport after missing your plane, and your parent’s aren’t answering your calls, your sisters will. Take it from someone who made it through to the other side. You. Can. Do this!

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10 Times Your Sorority House Felt Like Home

They say home is where the heart is. Well, your heart lies where your sisters are, and you’ll always be able to find them at your all-important sorority house. This house is your sanctuary, your happy place, and your home away from home.

10. It was there when you needed a place to study or hold emergency tutor sessions.

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9. It’s where you can sit and talk with your sisters, discussing any and everything, for hours at a time.

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8. There’s always a place to paint, make posters, craft, and express your artistic side to it’s fullest.

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7. It was there for you on Bid Day when you made one of the best decisions of your life.

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6. It was there when you needed a place to vent and cry over life’s responsibilities. Someone’s always there to listen.

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TOP 5 SIGNS YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SORORITY GIRL IN THE 80’S!

 

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(Texas A&M ’84 Tri Delt formal in picture above)

Going greek now is definitely an adventure. But we can only image what it was like to srat in the 80’s. Seems like they partied through the ice age with all of the dinosaurs. Must have been lame! WRONG! Some of us are jealous and wish we were there, partying it up with super big hair!

(80’s hit read for rushing)

5. Your favorite rush party theme is 80’s in Aspen and you prepared more for Sig Ep’s party last year than you did for your Chemistry final!

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4. Your second favorite rush party theme is highlighter because it’s kinda like 80’s in Aspen but you usually just wear anything stretchy and neon which is also super comfortable.

3.   Everyone says your hair is big but you don’t care because hairspray is your friend.

2.  You’ve admired the frat house’s composite picture wall from the 80’s on more than one occasion because they were definitely hotter back in the day.

1. And last, but definitely NOT least. You’re super jealous that the standards chair couldn’t keep tabs on them through social media!

 

NO SHAME IN THE 80’S GAME!

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Dear Outsiders, I’m Sorry Joining a Sorority Was Never Your Cup of Tea

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While entering college, I never knew I was going to end up joining a sorority. The thought never crossed my mind and honestly I didn’t even know Brockport had sororities and fraternities. I was always the “athletic girl” or the “gym rat.” However, I never knew that I would have a whole other world introduced to me besides the “college world.” My friends and family from home were even surprised I was going to become a “sorority girl” because never had I ever even brought up the topic. I think I was so caught up in going away and meeting so many people …and I did from joining Phi Sigma Sigma. I met my lifelong best friends and my future bridesmaids.

I hate when people say “sororities are stupid” “you pay for your friends” “what do you even do besides drink and party?” “Do you have friends outside out the sorority?” “don’t you have to likeeeee buy Tory Burch boots and Jack Rodgers Flip Flops oh and that new Kate Spade bag that just came out?”….like what? Where do you people get these scenarios from? Movies? Little do you all know what you see in the movies about sororities is far from the reality of what our organizations are about.

Each person in our organization brings something to the table. You become best friends with people you never EVER think you would become friends with just because maybe she has a different style than you, or maybe doesn’t like to drink three nights a week, or likes country instead of the Dave Matthews band, or is a cat lady instead of a dog lover. Honestly, who gives a shit because what we all have in common is we love our organization, what we get out of it, what we stand for, and how we give back to our campus and our community because we strive to be the best and show what we stand for besides a red solo up.

Did you know a majority of college campus campus that have Greek Life maintain the highest GPA on their college campuses? Or that country star Carrie Underwood, the lovely Tory Burch, Nashville and Friday Night Lights Star Connie Britton, and One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush were all in sororities? More than half of girls in the United States have something in common with a celebrity and similar values other than their talent. Also little do you all know, if it wasn’t for some of this celebrities or as we like to call them Alumni, our chapters wouldn’t continue letter alone exist. It’s definitely something to think about.

While making our resumes it’s actually hard to narrow it down to one full page since the amount of positions you hold during your time as an active can be 5 or more. Whether you’re president, vice, member at large, public relations chair, recruitment chair, scholarship chair, I could go on and on, but we gain a whole lot our of these positions that are going to benefit us for life. The amount of network experience we have by the end of one semester is actually outrageous.

Also, did I mention there’s always someone to hang out with? There are usually 50+ sisters to always turn too if you want to go to the gym, grab a slice or pizza, go to the library with, or even binge watch Netflix, we have it all.

I’m not saying not joining a sorority is the end of the world. I am just trying to make the point that if I haven’t joined such a wonderful organization I wouldn’t know where I would be without these wonderful women and all the skills I have learned so far. If I didn’t go outside of my comfort zone and test the waters a little bit who know what I would be doing.

So next time you want to label a sorority as a bunch of stupid blonde girls, a cult, girls who haze, or a bunch of drunk girls, think about it, maybe if you sparked an interest or gave a sorority a chance, you could have been happier than you are now. So who knows your best friend, maid of honor, spirit animal, or hey that frat boy that you could of had that potential relationship with could be just walking around still because I forgot “sororities are stupid.”

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26 Thoughts When Stalking Someone’s Instagram

We all do it. One second we’re scrolling down our feed and then we somehow managed to make it all the way to that guy in our Chem classes girlfriend’s cousin’s best friend’s sister’s profile on a picture from 153 weeks ago. How does this even happen? What are we even thinking when we do this?

26. Who’s that with _____ (insert name of friend/acquaintance) ? *proceeds to click on username*

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25. Yeah! Their profile isn’t on private!!! *now i can look at all their pictures* *evil smirk*

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24. WHOA–she is super super pretty.

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23. Wow. Her bio is pretty witty, yet simple.

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22. OMG SHE HAS A CAT. OMG IT’S SO CUTE. OMG SHE’S A CAT PERSON.

so fluffy im gonna die

21. AND she likes popsicles.

imso happy

20. AND she goes to GOOD BANDS concerts.

so excited may vomit

19. AND she’s in a sorority.

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18. AND she takes really artsy pics.

so hip

17. I should take a cool picture like that.

cool cool cool

16. Man, that’s a really cute outfit. *I could never pull that off though*

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15. AWH her and her big are perrrrrf *fam goals*

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14. AWH her and her boyfriend are SO ADORABLE.

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Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Breaking Stereotypes

The Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Mizzou is tearing down Greek prejudice one intimate photo at a time.

 

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Using honest words at their shield, these girls armed themselves with truth in order to set the record straight on the Greek community; their bravery put forth a message that spread between Greeks and non-affiliates alike, asserting that everyone who is a part of Greek life is a normal person, facing trials and tribulations like everyone else.

There is a preconceived notion that paints sorority girls as ditzy, spoiled, shallow or vapid. On more than one occasion, I’ve personally had a complete stranger make a rude comment about Greek life and furthermore, an assumption about my friends and I because of the letters we wear.

 

The photoset that Mizzou’s Kappa Kappa Gamma’s portrayed Greek women as intelligent…

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10 Ideas For Sisterhood Bonding During The Holidays

It’s important for every sorority to master the art of bonding. Spending time with your sisters is what allows you to get to know the many faces in your sorority. Here’s a few ideas for bonding during our favorite time of the year, the holidays:

 

tumblr_m9mqx1PWoe1qlrlr7o1_50010. Holiday decorating.

Whether it’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, grab a bunch of sisters and start getting crafty. You will be amazed on how great the outcome will be.

 

tumblr_n49zanciwo1tpgp6eo1_5009. Throw a costume party.

Make it a thing to throw an annual costume party during Halloween and dress to your heart’s desire with your sisters. You can even plan it with other Greeks and make a huge contest out of it.

 

pumpkin-carving-with-miley-cyrus-o8. Pumpkin carving.

Whenever fall is among us, we love pumpkin everything! We most definitely love going to pumpkin patches with our sisters and being kids for a change. After grabbing some pumpkins, get a large group together and decorate and carve them.

 

tumblr_n9yjjvTw5v1rnngzao1_5007. Have a fall/winter photo shoot.

It’s already common for sororities to take shitloads of pictures. Well, we also love to dress up nice, especially for the fall and winter season. Why not get a photo shoot together and take a few cute candid and off guard shots? Make all the memories you can.

 

roadtrip6. Go on a spontaneous road trip.

This time don’t plan ahead to go somewhere. Randomly pick a place to go to with your sisters. Traveling is fun, but it’s even better when you have all your best friends with you.

 

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