By Isabella Kinney
Sororities Aren’t Just About Partying and Cute Instagram Pictures
I am sure plenty of us have watched movies that have sororities in them and the sorority girls are usually portrayed as mean girls who just want to party with frat guys. And honestly, for a while, I believed that stereotype until I got into my third year of college. After a month of stalking all of the sororities on campus, I decided to go through Spring Recruitment. In Spring 2020, I joined Tri Delta here at Cal State Long Beach and it’s been such a great decision. Joining a sorority has given me so many opportunities, like becoming director of PR and marketing for my sorority, making connections in and out of sorority and much more!
Here are five reasons why sororities are more than all the stereotypes and why you should join one!
1. Long-Lasting Friendships
I used to think it was funny when I would see Instagram posts captioned, “Finally found my forever home!” I thought that saying just applied to a family adopting a new dog. But soon I learned that a lot of people use that quote when they join a sorority. When I first joined a sorority, I gained a lot of followers on social media and I immediately thought every girl was going to be my friend. And, in a sense, all of the girls who followed me are my friends, or should I say, “sisters.” But it wasn’t until a few months in that I really gained my best friends through the sorority. I met girls who really made me feel comfortable and wanted, and I gained a new sense of belonging that I never knew I needed.
2. Gaining Work Experience and Boosting your Resume
In sororities, there are positions a member can run for like chapter president, VP of administration, social events chair and a lot more! There are a lot of positions that can apply to your major or even your career. For me personally, I am currently director of PR and marketing for CSULB Tri Delta. This position has helped me further my knowledge of public relations and marketing. I am in charge of all PR and marketing aspects of the sorority, which can be a little intense, but it is giving me the experience I need if I want to have a career in PR. (Okay, sometimes it is about cute Instagram pics, but I swear that’s not the only thing I care about!) I am beyond grateful that I am able to have this opportunity and gain experience. This position is for three semesters and, let’s be honest, that looks pretty good on a resume.
3. Networking with Alumni
Another reason why you should join a sorority is because of the networking opportunities you are provided. You are able to meet girls who have internships, jobs and contacts that are similar to your career path. And you can also meet alumni! (There’s even a position for alumni relations.) You are given opportunities to be matched up with alumni who have a career in something you are also interested in. I was able to meet with two Tri Delta alumni who have careers that I am definitely interested in. They were able to give me insight into their jobs and the industry I want to join. There are so many members in a sorority, and everyone has a different major/minor, so you are able to connect with a lot of people!
4. Opportunities Outside of School
Other than career experience and alumni relations there are other opportunities provided to you when you join a sorority. For example, I am a campus manager for South by Sea, a custom apparel company that mostly focuses on Greek life. I learned about this position through another girl in my sorority who is also a campus manager. I was able to put her down as a reference when I applied which really helped me secure the position. A lot of girls have internships and jobs while in the sorority and are always letting others know when positions open up.
5. Finding Your Forever Home and Your Classmate
When it comes to joining a sorority, everyone is attending the same college which has a lot of pros to it. You meet girls who are in the same major as you, taking classes you’re going to take, and you may even be in the same classes as some of them! It’s especially important to make connections when it comes to the major you are taking. My major, which is public relations, is all about building relationships. When you have someone in the same sorority studying the same things as you, you can have a strong relationship that goes beyond just being friends on Facebook once you graduate.
It is important for students to get involved while in school, whether it be joining clubs or joining Greek life. Becoming part of a sorority has given my college experience so much more value, from networking opportunities, job opportunities and lifelong friendships. Sororities have a lot of stereotypes associated with them, and honestly sometimes it can be super cheesy and just like the movies. But joining a sorority has been one of the best decisions I have made in college. So, if you’re reading this, I hope I have given you a little bit more insight on sororities.
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