What You Shouldn’t Say To A Sorority Girl

Being a sorority girl has its perks, but then it does have a few downsides. I’m talking about the ridiculous, untrue things people ask or say to us. Not sure what I mean? Check this out:

 

17. “You must only care about looks during formal recruitment.”

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Appearance matters but it doesn’t play a major factor into deciding who we want.

 

16. “I heard you guys hate the other sororities. Like you don’t talk to them.”

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15. “Oh, so you’re in a sorority. This means you sleep around then.”

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I mean, we sleep around with food. Is that what you meant?

 

14. “Which one’s this?” *starts doing some weird hand symbol that doesn’t even exist*

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No. Like what are you even doing there.

 

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17 Wishes For My Little

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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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20 Things To Remember Before You Send An E-mail

So many of us are bombarded by warnings about using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Insta, and even Tinder. People go as far as to make rules about what you can and can’t post for your chapter. But no one ever warns you about what you send via e-mail. But this is perhaps one of the most dangerous forms of communication. My chapter could have been disqualified from Greek Week for an e-mail sent from one girl. You never know what is going to happen so be smart. Just remember to have all these thoughts before you send that e-mail, whether its to your mom, your sorority, or even a professor.

20. Spell everything correctly. No one will take you seriously if you misspell words

19. Make sure the situation requires and e-mail. If something can be done over text it makes everyone’s life easier

18. Know who else you are representing in your message. Whether its your sorority, a club, your school, or the USA

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Why Loving Yourself Should Be #1

Sometimes, it’s hard to be your own biggest fan. You know yourself better than anyone else, so the shortcomings that might not event noticed by others are always glaring at you. You spend more time with yourself than anyone else, so the self-deprecating humor stops being funny when it never stops. We all have that little voice inside our head that tells us we’re trying too hard or dreaming too big. That little voice wants us to settle, to be comfortable, to give up. “He’ll never date you.” “That dress makes you look like a cow.” “Don’t show your face without make-up.” This voice has been slowly taking over our lives since middle school, or earlier, and now it’s totally in control.


We have to stop it.
And how do we do that, you might ask? Self love.
Set reminders on your phone to randomly pop up with a quote that empowers you. A few of my favorites are:
“It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories.” –Of Human Bondage
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship.” –Little Women
“They gave me their worst, I gave them my best, and that’s all I can do.” -Selena Gomez
“I’ve always loved the idea of not being what people expect me to be.” -Dita Von Teese

Take selfies anytime you feel beautiful. You don’t have to post every one, but why not? Throw on a cute filter and an inspirational quote, and feel those good vibes.

Make time for yourself. If you’re overworked or overwhelmed, take a step back. Take a nap, meditate, read a book, go to your favorite coffee shop. Anything that helps you find your own personal zen. Nothing is worth loosing your sanity. Nothing.

Cut out toxic people. That boy who texts you exclusively between 12-4 AM? Bye. That girl who seems to only be able to give out back-handed compliments? See ya later. That instagram account you follow only to screenshot (highly edited and staged) pics and send your friends with the caption “#goals”? unfollow. Any person in your life who makes you feel inferior or makes you question your worth? Get rid of them.

LOVE YOURSELF, SISTERS.

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10 Things to Thank Your House Mom For

Sometimes, running a house full of sorority women is a thankless job. We all love our House Moms, but in our busy lives, we often forget to thank them for all they do for us.

10. The food.


I don’t just mean the basic groceries, which we do, of course, appreciate. But the days she makes us her world famous better than sex cake? The best days ever. No where in her job description does it say she has to make us special treats, but she still does it. Because she’s the best.

9. Always saying good morning.


No matter how gross I look or how tired I am, nothing brightens my day quite like seeing my house mom as I pour a cup of coffee.

8. All of the random conversations.


Whether it be at the lunch table or in the hallway, our house mom always has time for us. It amazes me that she is able to know each of us so well. Not only can she keep up with everyone’s name and major, but she knows whats going on with us and checks in if she knows we have a lot on our plate.

7. Her patience.


Sometimes, we make messes. Or we forget to put our dishes away. And she only gets a little upset with us when we do. She loves us no matter how much junk we leave sitting in the card room.

6. The fashion advice.


She will always help you decide which shoes go best with your recruitment outfit. But we all know she’ll have the best shoes of anyone in the chapter.

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Why I Love Being Greek at a Small School

When most people think of Greek life, they think of massive colleges with huge chapters. My school is small, and only has three panhellenic sororities on campus. As fancy as Greek life at big schools may seem, I wouldn’t trade my tiny little Greek community for anything.

I love knowing every single girl in my chapter well. I don’t just mean knowing their names. I can, for the most part, tell you where they’re from, their major, and something they love to do. Chances are, if you point at a girl in my chapter, I have an amazing memory with her.

I love knowing most of the girls in the other chapters. Some of my dearest friends can be found in the other two chapters on campus, and I love the diversity they bring to our friend group. I love being able to tell PNMs about all three chapters when they ask about Greek life, and not just because I was a Rho Gamma.

I love seeing a friendly face anywhere I go on campus. Because our campus is small but our Greek life is heavily present, it’s almost impossible to walk to class and not run into one of my sisters. They always say hi, ask how my day is going, and it always leaves me with a smile.

I love that I know our Greek advisor personally. I love that she’s able to be involved with each chapter because she isn’t in charge of 20 sororities. She knows us all well and knows how each house functions.

I love that because we have three panhellenic chapters, each chapter has a unique identity. I love that it’s easy for girls to find their home here because we don’t have houses that are so similar that they compete for the same girls.

I wouldn’t trade my tiny slice of Greek heaven for anything in the world.

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10 College Norms That Are Actually Really Weird

Nothing will ever be like college. You really don’t realize how strange our habits are until you look at them like this…

10. Recruitment. We all wear the same outfit. We bounce and cheer in these random girls’ faces and hope that entices them to join our sisterhood. We have insanely intricate rotation systems and processes to vet girls… all in one short weekend.

9. Ending up at Taco Bell more than one night a week. Out of all the food options you have and all the places you could possibly be, why is it that you’re waiting on the TBell line more often than you’re proud of?

8. Setting alarms for 17 minute naps. College students just don’t have time management skills. Or motivation. We literally would rather torture ourselves by going in and out of sleep instead of actually just studying and then going to sleep. The ultimate form of procrastination.

7. Pregaming in the shower. There’s just not enough time between sleeping ALL day and when the Uber arrives for me to look completely on point AND be plastered for the frat party. Girls multi-task all the time.

6. Going to a stranger’s house for a party. But Sarah knows Kelly who knows Michelle who knows someone who knows one of the guys who’s in that frat.

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10 reasons why you should have friends outside of Greek life

This seems like a no-brainer but to some it may be a difficult concept. It’s great to be friends with all of the amazing women in your sorority and in Greek life as a whole. That said, it’s also very important to not limit those you make friends with by their affiliations to the Greek system you hold so dear. If you’re wondering why this is so important I’ve listed just a few reasons below:

10. They are a great unbiased outlet for listening to all the ups and downs you may experience in your sorority.

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9. They will listen to every officer speech, rho gamma presentation, and big/little poem you ever write because they genuinely care about your success in your organization.

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8. They will introduce you to other clubs, teams, and organizations on campus you may want to get involved in as well.

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7. They will always remind you to take a step back from sorority drama and remember why you joined in the first place.

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6. They will get you talking about things not related to Greek life when you really just need a break from it all.

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Things You Get Used to Once You’re in a Sorority

You come to realize a lot of things about yourself once you join a sorority. Things you were annoyed by or you thought you’d never do all of a sudden become natural to you. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Take a look:

 

10. You get used to wearing heels.

Yup, you know what I’m talking about: Pin Day. The day we all must dress to success, and wearing heels from class to class becomes natural!

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9. You get used to shouting. A lot.

Chanting, shouting from room to room, celebrating mixers–all that good studd that involves a lot of shouting. It becomes a part of your lifestyle.

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8. You get used to having your stuff shared.

This becomes a natural part of life because everything that is yours (shoes, clothes, accessories) ends up belonging to 20+ other people too. Remember: sharing is caring.

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7. You get used to traveling in a pack.

You go to breakfast in a pack, walk to classes in a pack, study in a pack, go take showers as a pack–you get the idea. It’s like we’re all conjoined with one another.

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6. You get used to having an excessive amount of jewelries.

You have to dress up a lot, so of course you would end up buying a lot of jewelries! They spice up the outfits.

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Why Rosie the Riveter Would Make the Perfect Recruitment Chair

Rosie the Riveter and recruitment chairs share many common traits. They know how to accomplish all the tasks of the job that needs to be done. They are strong, independent women who have a powerful presence.

These are just a few of the traits that would make Rosie a great recruitment chair so stick around…

10. She knows how to inspire others. 

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In every task she does Rosie acts as a mentor. She is the best big, grandbig, and leader because she is constantly aiming higher.

9. She works hard.

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Rosie is not the type of woman to half-ass any task. She is dedicated and is a force to be reckoned with so listen up!

8. She has admirers like the lovely  Beyoncé and thousands of sorority women nationwide. 

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She is the woman who inspires her little and all those under her care to do better and work harder in everything they do. She is the woman who everyone loves and admires.

7. She knows how to take charge of any situation. 

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Rosie is a woman of action. She will exceed the recruitment quota every time guaranteed and will make sure every recruitment round is running according to plan.

6. She is willing to speak to anyone about causes she is passionate about. 

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Whether she believes in the theme, the type of women your sorority is looking for, or the type of activities she hopes to put on, this woman is passionate. She knows what she wants to do and will find the people necessary to help her do it.

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10 Tips for Successful Recruitment Tabling

Tabling is a very important part of the recruitment process and spreading the word about what your sorority is all about. It is one of the easiest ways for potential new members to learn about future events, traditions unique to your sorority, and the ideals of Greek life as a whole.

10. Display photos of past events you have held in a scrapbook or binder. 

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This shows potential new members how your sisterhood interacts with each other, your community outreach, and your collaboration with other members of the Greek life community.

9. Share your social media handles. 

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Whether your sorority has a Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter be sure to show it off so potential new members can get a glimpse into your world.

8. Give out treats like candy or cookies. 

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Everyone knows college kids love free food and goodies so having these things at your sorority’s table will only help you attract potential new members.

7. Set out sign up sheets for potential new members to be added to an email list. 

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This is a great way to follow up with people after speaking with them at tabling or at meet and greet events.

6. Display your sorority’s symbols and colors prominently. 

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Show off your mascot, colors, flower, and what every else you can think of!

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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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