Let me start by saying that I never planned on joining a sorority. I had written it off while still in high school, justifying my decision by citing all of the negative press about Greek life and the fact that I wanted to get my degree as soon as possible with no distractions. My decision was further affirmed by my parents’ general skepticism of Greek life; neither of them had ever been involved during their undergraduate careers.
What ultimately changed my mind was simply asking upperclassmen in my courses who happened to be wearing their letters if they felt that joining a sorority or fraternity was worthwhile. People excitedly told me about the best friends they never would have met if not for joining, the philanthropies that their chapters support, and the plethora of networking and professional opportunities they’d experienced thanks to their involvement. The main aspect they stressed to me was that social events are fun, but they’re truly not what Greek life centers around, nor are they what most members spend their time on.
So, I decided to take the plunge and sign up for formal recruitment. Though the process was exhausting to say the least, and I actually broke my toe while doing it, I’m finally seeing why active members are so passionate about this community. I can’t wait to be initiated into my new family at the Ohio State University Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi and share with people like my former self why I went Greek and never looked back.
Myself (center) and two of my friends during one round of recruitment last month. We received bids (in order) to join Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Phi, and Alpha Chi Omega.