10 Reasons Why Nancy Drew Would Make The Best Sorority Girl

Nancy Drew was my favorite book series growing up and many women would agree I’m sure. Women such as Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Sandra Day O’ Connor have all cited her as an influence in their lives because of her strength and sense of individuality. The series has been translated into 45 different languages, has various book series spinoffs for all ages, has movies bearing Nancy Drew’s name, and merchandise with the famous detective’s face. Nancy Drew’s legacy is clear and though she has been envisioned in many different ways I think Nancy Drew would have made a great sorority girl.

Here are a couple reasons why:

10. She would make the best risk management chair

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She knows how to do CPR, has basic first aid skills, and always takes care of her friends in an emergency. Whether a fellow sister were to get hurt at a function or was struggling with mental illness she would know exactly what to do. She would be an expert on campus resources and workshops to improve the wellness of the members of her sorority.

9. She would the best little, big, and grandbig

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She is always there for her best friends, Bess and George so you know she would do everything for her sorority family. She would be there when her little struggles with a breakup or to celebrate her grandlittle’s new job. No matter good or bad, she would step up to the plate and be a mentor, friend, and confidant.

8. She would make the best Scholarship/Academic chair

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She’s a know-it-all in a good way. She loves her classes, studying for exams, and always writes the prettiest notes and flashcards. She would help you get through study hours and become the best student you can be because she genuinely cares.

7. She is a total night owl 

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Nancy Drew is constantly solving mysteries in the dead of night so she is no stranger to staying up late. When some sisters would be ready to turn in for the night she would be ready for more. Staying up to study for a final exam with her sisters or on a epic senior bar crawl mission she would always be ready to keep exploring and having a good time.

6. She knows how to kick back and relax

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Though her vacations always seem to end in her solving mysteries, Nancy Drew does know how to have a good time. She is always invited to parties, weddings, and so many different events. In between chasing after the bad guys she always makes sure to go out to dinner, lounge by the pool, or do something else exciting.



7 Gifts To Get Your ZTA for Valentine’s Day

Any ZTA knows that love is “the greatest of all things”, and Valentine’s day is the best holiday to celebrate love. Whether she’s your significant other, your family member, or just a treasured friend, show your ZTA how much you love her with any of these seven gifts ideas!


7.) Tiffany’s Crown Charm and Chain – The super adorable necklace and charm will make your ZTA look and feel like royalty.



6.) A Strawberry Edible Arrangement – Dessert strawberries are possibly one of the most delicious ways to show your love for your ZTA. Anybody can get strawberries for Valentine’s Day, but only a Zeta will appreciate the special meaning behind one of the organization’s main symbols.



5.) ZTA Lavaliere – A lavaliere is a necklace bearing a Greek Fraternity or Sorority’s letters. Lavalieres are very special to those within the Greek community, as it is a way to wear your letters with pride. Surprise your ZTA with her very own lavaliere necklace! (Or, alternatively, if you happen to be in a Greek organization yourself, surprise her with your own Greek letters to symbolize devotion and commitment.)



4.) White Violets – White violets are one of Zeta Tau Alpha’s primary symbols. It’s symbolic meaning is known only to those initiated within the Fraternity, so your ZTA will surely know how special these flowers truly are. Call your local florists to see what arrangements they can make with white violets.



3.) Crown Chocolates – When you think of V-Day, one of the first words to come to your mind is “chocolate”. Break away from the basic heart-shaped confections and treat your ZTA like royalty with chocolate shaped like mini crowns. They’re almost too cute to eat!



2.) Humble Ceramic Travel Cup – “To be humble in success and without bitterness in defeat” is a part of Zeta Tau Alpha’s creed, reminding your ZTA to be the best possible version of herself. Give her the gift of this adorable travel mug for Valentine’s Day and she’ll have a constant reminder of your love and her fraternity’s.


1.) Donate to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation and the foundation will send your ZTA a special official ZTA Valentine’s Day card with your special message. Not only will this special gift show your ZTA that she is in your heart, it will also be making a wide-spread impact on Zeta’s around the world.



Gamma Gamma Chi: Islamophobia won’t tear them down

We’ve heard so much about the Muslim community lately from those outside of it. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has recently called for a database of Muslims in our country to be set up and he has suggested they wear identification cards reminiscent of Jewish people being identified in a similar way during World War II. Democratic representative Loretta Sanchez of California made some questionable comments as well, suggesting, “up to 20 percent of Muslims want to establish an Islamic caliphate and are willing to use terrorism to get there”. She later made statements stating she supports the Muslim community however her initial speculative comments to many were of poor taste. You may be wondering. Are there any Greek organizations dedicated to bringing Muslims together in a positive way? What do they think of these recent statements? Stay tuned as we get some answers from the sisters of Gamma Gamma Chi, the first Islamic based sorority, and hear what their organization is all about.

Sorority Lyfe: What type of Greek organization is Gamma Gamma Chi? Is it social, service-based, or religious or a combination of these?

Gamma Gamma Chi: A combination of all of the above, actually! Gamma Gamma Chi Sorority, Inc. is a social and community service sorority that is Islamic-based.


Sorority Lyfe: When, why, and where was Gamma Gamma Chi founded? Where are your current active chapters located?

Gamma Gamma Chi: The sorority was founded in Greensboro, NC, on April 3, 2005 by Dr. Althia Ali and her daughter, Imani Canty. Imani considered joining a sorority in college but never went through the intake process because many of them went against her Islamic faith. She appreciated what sororities had to offer and imagined one for herself and other Muslim women which would honor Islamic beliefs. There are a total of seven chapters (not including the National Grand Chapter, which is technically never inactive and reserved for founders), and the current active chapters are Alpha in Atlanta, GA, and Epsilon in Philadelphia, PA.

Sorority Lyfe: What motto and symbols do Gamma Gamma Chi sisters hold close to their hearts?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Our flower is the water lily; our jewel, the amethyst; our mascot, the bee. Our mission is to promote a positive visibility of Muslim women and Islam in general. Our purpose is to unify collegiate and professional Muslimahs by promoting Islam through scholarship, leadership and community service. The sorority is also open to non-Muslim women who support our mission. Our vision is to be a network of women with lifelong ties to each other, our sorority, and our deen (religion), God-willing.

Sorority Lyfe: What are your thoughts on the statements made by Donald Trump and Loretta Sanchez in the media recently? Why do you think there has been such a surge recently in Islamophobia in our nation?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Of course we feel that Donald Trump’s statements are absurd! Islam is not a “foreign” religion and has been present in the fabric of America since its founding, though it was never exactly a dominant religion. Islamophobia has always been present–people are afraid of what they don’t know or fully understand. It has recently become more overt to the point of violence because a well-known individual and a potential leader of this country has taken a platform that puts Muslim and Islam in a negative light. Loretta Sanchez has clearly never met a Muslim. (lol) Okay–maybe she has met a Muslim, but didn’t know that the person practiced the Islamic faith. Our faith does not command that we spread religion “by the sword” like many people who are against Islam and Muslims believe. In fact, our holy book, the Quran tells us that if we take a life unjustly, it as though we have killed all of humanity…but that is never mentioned in the media. Another thing not mentioned in the media is that we are also to obey the laws of the land (courts, police, etc.) in which we reside as long as it does not cause us to disobey God’s law; interestingly enough, there are several verses in the Bible that command Christians do the same thing! Ignorance and fear is amazing! (smh)


Sorority Lyfe: Do you think Gamma Gamma Chi is helping to show those on college campuses and in your local communities how the Muslim community can come together to accomplish positive change? How are you doing so?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Firstly, our chapters are actually citywide chapters and are affiliated with specific colleges & universities. Ladies from institutions in each city join together. This helps us promote the concept of community or one ummah; however, we do host activities on college campuses and invite college students to participate in our community service and social activities. We have also hosted a health educational summit (specifically on HIV/AIDS) with a local masjid and invited non-Muslim members of the community to attend.

Sorority Lyfe: How have other sororities and fraternities on your respective campuses treated your presence on campus? Has it been a positive or negative reception mostly?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Some Alpha Chapter members did say that some of members of the other Greek-lettered organizations on campus were less than supportive, and that motivated them to make sure they did their best to make Gamma look really good. Being the first Islamic-based sorority in general has been interesting. Even when we talk to other members Greek-lettered organizations off campus, some are supportive and want to know about our sorority, and others say, “What’s a Gamma?” We just have to laugh at the latter. (lol)

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Sorority Lyfe: Can you list and explain the six gold pillars that your members abide by? What is their significance and how are you working to accomplish them?

Gamma Gamma Chi:

Gamma Gamma Chi’s Six GOLD PILLARS are as follows:

  1. Islamic Awareness and Involvement: Recently we have been conducting quite a few interviews 🙂 .  Helping those who are interested to better understand our faith. These interviews include the Atlanta Journal Constitution in December 2015 and German National Radio, scheduled January 2016.  Based on the current climate, more are expected.  We also do things as simple as attending Jummah (our Friday religious services) together.   
  2. Environmental Awareness and Involvement: Our big effort in the area is working with Trees Atlanta.  This organization works to beautify areas of Atlanta that have been neglected as well as encourage the use of recycled products for landscaping.
  3. Educational Development: We have recently and hope to continue to support the annual Education Bowl held at Agnes Scott College.  This is an academic competition for High School Students. We also volunteer with several organizations including Baitul Salaam to provide Back to School supplies for Metro Atlanta children.
  4. Physical and Mental Health: This is a BIG pillar for the Alpha Chapter. We have held health fairs and hosted a seminar on HIV/Aids Awareness.  We also volunteer and participate in the WD Mohammed Race for Education.  We also have a Soror who competes in triathlons promoting our National Philanthropy, All Cancers Awareness. Another soror is a physician and gives community talks on various health issues.    
  5. Economic  Development and Indigent Support: We have worked the Trinity House Soup kitchen for a number of years.   
  6. Social Awareness and Involvement: This is an area where we have not had a huge presence in the Alpha Chapter but with crucial elections approaching and the current social climate for Muslims and Minorities in the US I’m sure this will change.


Sorority Lyfe: What future goals does Gamma Gamma Chi have in terms of expansion, your philanthropy, Greek life involvement, fighting Islamophobia, or spreading the word about the sorority?

Gamma Gamma Chi: Gamma Gamma Chi: Gamma Gamma Chi has recently established a new Board of Directors.  The immediate goal of the board is to evaluate the State of the Sorority and develop programs that will solidify our strengths, strengthen our weakness, create a stronger sisterhood as well as continue to promote a positive image of Muslim Women and Islam in general.

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Shout out to the lovely sisters of Gamma Gamma Chi! 


UGA Delta Phi Epsilon Is Ready For Spring Recruitment!

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UGA’s Delta Phi Epsilon is all ready to go for their Spring recruitment! This great bunch of girls are ready to find more sisters for the Spring and they definitely show how ready they are! Check out the video below to see what UGA’s Delta Phi Epsilon is all about!


6 Types of Rushers

If your sorority participates in continuous open bidding or informal recruitment in the coming months you’ll be meeting a whole new batch of potential new members. There are many different types of PNMs or rushers and I’m here to help you identify them to better know how to get to know them.

6. The Entitled Legacy 


This potential new member has a mom, sister, or other family member who was in your sorority and thinks she is therefore entitled to being a member. She has plans to “suicide” or write down only one house after the preference round and could be cheating herself out of finding the perfect fit with another sorority that could better fit her needs. This girl doesn’t trust the recruitment process and may not get into any sororities if she keeps up her bad behavior. Keep your eye out for this one!

5. The Rush Crush

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This is the girl you know is absolutely perfect for your sorority. She has great conversations with all of your fellow members, has attended every pre-rush, information, tabling, and rush event, and her letters of recommendation are absolutely glowing.

4. The Party Girl 


This is the girl who immediately wants to know the amount of social functions your sorority attends. It’s only her first week on campus and she’s already been to parties at every frat house and live-out there is. She is a social butterfly but could easily pose a risk to the standards board if you give her a bid. She could also be the best social chair ever. So consider this girl but discuss any red flags that come up.



Why Are Sororities and Fraternities “Greek”?

While Greek life, including social, service, and other types of fraternities and sororities, is understood to be something that is present on most college campuses in some form or another, why exactly is it “Greek” to begin with? Why not Arabic, or Thai, or American?


First, we need to look at the history of similar organizations. After all, organizations focused on scholarship, rhetoric, and ethical conduct started long before the inception of Greek life as we know it today. By 1770, Latin Societies existed at nearly all schools as competing organizations on campus. The literary exercises of these societies consisted of debates, political, social, or religious discussion, and composing and delivering original poems, essays, and fiction. These Latin societies are a big part of the development of modern Greek life due to the fact that early fraternities were considered private versions of the open forums of Latin societies.


The Phi Beta Kappa Society at the College of William and Mary was the first fraternal organization in the United States, founded December 5, 1776 by John Heath. Heath started his Greek society in protest of being rejected from several of these Latin letter societies, with the intention of starting an organization with “friendship at its basis and benevolence and literature at its pillars”. This society established the precedent of using Greek letters based on the initials of a secret Greek motto. Phi Beta Kappa is named for its motto: “φιλοσοφια βιου κυβερνητης” (philosophia biou kybernētēs), meaning “philosophy is the helmsman of life”.next



20 Things Only RPI Students Understand

Getting into a school like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and making your way through the difficult course-load is tough. As one of the proud students of RPI, you have come to find that there are certain things that those who go elsewhere just won’t ever get.

20. No, you don’t go to RIT/WPI/MIT. Going home for the holidays, every relative is going to ask how school’s going up at RIT… or WPI… or MIT. For some reason, no one can ever actually get that you go to RPI.


19. The Ratio. This one’s actually gotten better in recent years, but it still stands that RPI’s male to female ratio is a wonderful 65/35. It’s slightly offset by Troy’s other college, Russell Sage College, which is basically all girls.


18. Mascot? RPI’s had numerous mascots over the years, from the Engineers, to Puckman, to the Bachelors, and the Redhawks, it’s hard to keep them straight.


17. Shuttle Problems. RPI’s shuttle service can be really annoying. Even though there’s an app that lets you track their locations, you almost always end up watching it leave the stop and have to wait 15 minutes for the next one.


16. Frat Parties or No Parties. Being an engineering school means you have limited options for parties.. Luckily there are around 30 fraternities at RPI, most of which have nice houses and throw great parties. So where’re you going on Friday night? ZOO?, RSE?, Phi Tau?


15. Archies are a Myth. If you become an Architecture Major at RPI, you’re basically condemning yourself to a life of no sleep, and indentured servitude. The Greene Building (the architecture building), is your second home, and your friends will always be surprised when you text your group saying you’re actually free for once.


14. Psychology Classes. RPI’s classes are NOT easy. However, the lower level psychs are often GPA boosters for all the poor engineering and science students, who only dream of getting As in their regular classes.


13. Commons. Unless there’s a special event, the food there is not really any good. Mystery meat and Chinese food is always on the menu. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try the pizza bagels, if you’re lucky you’ll get a cinnamon raisin bagel…


12. The Approach. The bane of any students who live in downtown, the Approach is a huge staircase that leads up Troy’s big hill to RPI’s campus. Composed of an ungodly amount of stairs, if you’re not winded and sweating by the time you’re done lugging your heavy science books to the top, you’re inhuman.


11. Humans Vs. Zombies. It’s basically a giant game of tag with a Walking Dead theme. The random guys running around with guns and bandanas on their arms aren’t gang members (unless you’re in South Troy), they’re humans who’re fighting their zombie counterparts. If you’re lucky, one of them will disrupt your class, radio-in-hand, yelling some gibberish about a horde by the Sage building.




Thoughts When Paying Dues

So, it’s that time again… chapter dues are posted.


You’ve been dodging your Big’s ‘pay your sh*t’ texts all week and the last day has finally caught up to you.


You look at your ‘payment due’ and lament the fact that you took the high road and offered to pay your own way through your sorority.


You briefly wonder whether your pride is worth it… maybe you should just call Dad?


No. NO. You’re a strong, independent woman and you can DO THIS.


Carefully, you open the details of your transactions. You read the outlandish charges on your account and begin the inner war with your past self.




I mean did I REALLY need all those date shirts? He wasn’t even that much fun.

Plus, he ended up acting like a drunken fool and I had help him walk. It was like aiding a baby giraffe.

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You swear to yourself that you will never purchase another date shirt again… though, even in this moment, you know it’s a lie.




Greek Life On and Off the Silver Screen

While Hollywood has always shown its perspective on Greek life, there is often little truth to the images on the silver screen. When looking at a few of the well-known movies centered around Greeks, we can see the differences between cinematic myth and reality.

21 & Over Starring Justin Chon, Miles Teller, and Skylar Astin (2013)

MYTH: There are fraternities and sororities that only allow people of a certain race or ethnicity to join. In the movie, a Latina-only sorority filled with crazed, vengeful girls, armed with golf clubs and other weapons chases the main characters out of their chapter house. (No. the main characters should not have broken into the house, but that’s not the point here.)
REALITY: While racial and religious restrictions have been abolished in all North-American Interfraternity Conference and National Panhellenic Conference organizations, fraternities and sororities can be oriented towards students who have an interest in certain cultures or cultural identities.


Animal House Starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, and John Vernon (1978)

MYTH: Anyone involved in Greek life is stupid and doesn’t work hard in school. In the movie, the Delta Tau Chi fraternity has an extremely low GPA, with all of the brothers having GPAs ranging from 0.0 to 1.6.
REALITY: At nearly every college and university that offers Greek life, the average Greek GPA is higher than that of their non-Greek counterparts. In addition, sororities and fraternities have their own standards for the minimum GPA allowed before an individual is placed on academic probation.




What it really means to be a big

Being a big means so much more than just crafting and photo-ops and many sisters often forget this. I’m here to set the record straight on what it really means to be a big. To all the future bigs out there, in the most basic terms a big is defined as, “A mentor for a new member within a sorority”. The problem is we hear about far too many problem bigs out there because of a lack of understanding of this definition and what it really means for both the big and little involved.

You should not become a big if you aren’t actively involved in and dedicated to your sorority. You also should not become a big if you aren’t willing to be flexible. Being a big many times comes down to being flexible from the matching process to family traditions. Say you don’t get your first choice little and you end up with a girl you never even remember meeting during recruitment. Or maybe your little is a non-traditional student that is older than you. No matter what the matching process throws at you as far as a new little is concerned keep in mind that you may not be instantly best friends with them. Think about it though. How many of the friends in your life already did you instantly click with? Those relationships took time to grow so the same principles will apply to your big/little relationship. Go on “dates” with your little like you would with friends such as taking her to see a movie, rock-climbing at the campus gym, or grabbing coffee at a local cafe. Ask questions, listen, and really get to know your little so that you can help better integrate her into your family line. Share what you learn with your big and grand big so they can get to know your little too.

The position of big within a family is one that is very important. It’s an honor to be able to have a girl within the sorority you love that looks up to you so absolutely and that will carry on your family line one day. You are there to listen, share advice, go on adventures, and ultimately always be there for her. You are her mentor and that means you should be striving to do everything you can to better your sorority so she will want to do the same. Run for an executive position, apply to be a part of the order of omega, be an active participant in philanthropy events. Whatever you choose to get involved in make sure you are setting a good example and avoiding meetings with standards as much as you can.

Being a big relies a lot on your time management and juggling skills as well. Between sorority events, work meetings, and lecture classes you lead a hectic life but your little must always be on your mind. This leads us to the quandary of taking twins or a second little. It may seem like fun initially having a larger family and growing your line however there are many things you should consider. If you choose to take twins or a second little at a different time you must consider the monetary costs, always avoid favoritism, and know how to divide your time. You must treat your littles as both individuals and as a part of your family unit.

Being thoughtful is important to being a good big as well. This doesn’t always mean gifting your little a sweater. It may mean bringing her cookies you made, helping her study her biology flashcards, or comforting her when she’s feeling down. Remembering what is going on in your little’s life is crucial to being able to assist her with these things so write everything down from her birthday to her favorite snacks to her class schedule. Learning more about your little will help you down the line when times get tough. Your little may get sent to standards, have a disagreement with your house mom, or have a fight with a sister over an election that didn’t go her way. When these things happen you need to be there to defend your little’s character and share every nice thing you know about her. Instead of turning against her you need to stick up for her and be her ally. That said, if your little is in the wrong and continues to make bad decisions, you need to step up as her mentor and big to set her straight. If you do your job right she will thank you when your GPA improves, she gets that great exec position, or finds her perfect guy. It may not be easy to confront her about these things but no one said it would be so don’t take the responsibility lightly.

As your little’s mentor and guide to Greek life you must also not get in her way. Teach her Greek terms, tell her which fraternity brothers to avoid, and all about her grand big but avoid giving her advice that is selfish in nature. Don’t tell her that she shouldn’t run for a certain position just because you want to or be too nosy when she is choosing a little one day. Give her room to breathe and make her own decisions while being ready to assist her when she really needs you. Always include her in family traditions and teach her all about the meaning behind them. This could be anything from nicknames you’ve given each other to crafts you make for future additions to the family that are unique to your line. Always make your little feel special and included no matter what else is going on in your life or your family line.

To all the current and future bigs out there:

Good luck! 


Why Getting Your Little Is The Best Christmas Present Around

Getting your little is a very special occasion. There is a lot of build-up involved with all the crafting, drinking, theme choosing, activity planning, and pairing. You may even be wrapping yourself up in Christmas wrapping paper to surprise your little with your presence upon your reveal. There are numerous reasons why getting your little is just like sorority Christmas for all the future bigs out there waiting.

I’m here to name just a few:

10. They’ll be in your life forever. 


Because it’s not just four years… it’s for life. You’ll love them forever and like them for always of course. Whether she transfers, loses sight of her purpose, or makes some bad decisions along the way, you’ll be there for her.

9. She will always give you the best advice. 

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You might be her mentor, but she can teach you a thing or two as well. You most likely will be very close in age, so you will share similar experiences but have different takes. She may be good at knitting whereas you may be a pro at random football facts and history. Sharing with each other will only help the both of you become better people and sisters. The big-little relationship is all about this growth as sisters, students, community members, and individuals!

8. She will be there for you through thick and thin. 


Whether you break up with your boyfriend, fail your midterm, break your leg, or have a big fight with your girlfriend, your little will be there for you because you would do the same for her. Just like your biological family, you would drop anything to help your sorority family.

7. You’ll get to share them with the rest of your sorority family! 

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Your big, grandbig, and great grandbig will be just as excited as you to meet the new addition to your family! They will always be there to teach you how to be the best big you can be to the perfect little.

6. She will always compliment you when you really need it. swim

Sometimes you just need to hear that you look great in that swimsuit or that your little black dress does not make you look fat. Whether you’re feeling down or have gained a little winter weight from all those holiday cookies, she always thinks you look absolutely fantastic.



10 New Year’s Resolutions for sorority girls

Making New Year’s resolutions is a tradition many of us practice at the end of every year. Why not make resolutions relating to your sorority for the new year since it takes up so much of your time, energy, and love?

Resolution #1: Spend more time with your family line.


If you’ve recently fallen out of touch with your sorority family line then now is the time to reach out! Whether you decided to study abroad for a term, started a new job, or were taking more credits than you were used to, sometimes it just happens. You realize you haven’t had a coffee date or talked with your big in forever. Just text them and set it up because they will absolutely understand. We’ve all been there.

Resolution #2: Get sent to standards less or not at all. 


If you always forget to pay your dues on time or can’t stop embarrassing yourself at functions consider making this the year you shape up. You don’t have to be perfect, but you should want to be a better representation of the sorority you love and cherish so much.

Resolution #3: Spend less money on Starbucks. 


Consider getting a coffee or espresso maker to cut down on how much you spend at your local Starbucks. Now don’t get me wrong; Starbucks is great, but if you’re getting a latte every day of the week that is going to add up. The money you could be spending on dues, spring break trips, or even apparel for your future grand little is being wasted when all you need to do is make a small change in your daily routine. Treat yourself with Starbucks every once and awhile but not every day.

Resolution #4: Finally master the sorority squat. 


If you still haven’t mastered this perfect picture pose then this is the year. Your Instagram will thank you. Your sorority sisters will praise you.

Resolution #5: Go to more chapter study hours. 


If you’ve been slacking off in going to chapter study hours consider attending them more in the new year. You may find the perfect study buddy for your giant lecture class or even a sister that you can work on a group project with. Chapter study hours are a resource that is often forgotten but it a privilege, so make ample use of it!