November 14, 2007
Some Scattergories for you…
Hot pink. Cute fuzzy pens. Pledged. Legally Blonde. Ohmigod!!!!!!!
Answer: sorority. Well, at least that’s what I thought in high school. So, when asked if I would join, “you’re kidding me, right?” would have been my response. I’m not a tomboy per se, but I assumed that joining a sorority would come with the constant pressure of “looking hot” and being perky, all the time. However, there was another worry of mine, underneath all that fluff; I was scared of rejection. I was always fascinated by the exclusivity of a sorority. How can you crack into them? I thought that even if I tried, there would be no way I could ever step foot into a sorority house without being judged or accepted. So why try when you know you don’t have a chance? (my coach would have at me if she ever saw this, but this was high school.)
Flash forward two and a half years. I was installed as president of my sorority on Sunday. Some of my friends back home are probably thinking, of all things good and holy, what is going on?! Yes, I’m super excited and enthusiastic about this opportunity, and I am committed to my house, but holy mackeral, this is INSANO. But you know what? Maybe it’s meant to be. I know that there are a lot of girls out there now who are deciding whether or not to come back in January for formal recruitment. I decided to take on the role as president in hopes to extend this warm and welcoming atmosphere that my sorority has given to me. I’ve gained so much in terms of leadership and networking opportunities, chances that I don’t think I would have taken if I didn’t join.
Formal recruitment and sororities get a bad rep because of pop culture and stereotypes. See first paragraph. But honestly now, I don’t dress in hot pink and stiletto heels to class and I am completely satisfied with my plain spiral notebook and a Bic pen. The main thing I want to get out of Cornell (besides a degree) is the experience. Being part of the Greek community has introduced me to my closest friends, and I’m having the time of my life right now. I am proud to be a sorority sister and I encourage all freshmen girls to go for it. The formal recruitment process works, and you’ll end up in a house that feels like home.
You have nothing to lose, and a whole house of opportunity to gain.