Whenever people learn that I am sorority lady, most of their impression is, “Oh! Really? Why? And their follow-up questions to that would mostly be, “How come? What happened?” And their faces, now showing a disheartened spirit. It’s as if they cannot accept for themselves that I am already into a sorority right now. And before I can defend my side, they already began to sermon me of why I joined in a sorority.
Fellows, this I can assure you: sororities are not really the type of cliques you think they are – that sororities bring no good to the welfare of the ladies entering it. This I can assure you, ladies and gentlemen, that sorority life is not one big party; in fact it’s a lot of hard work and dedication. According to Mr. Webster, sororities are supportive environments that enhance the educational experience of college women through opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. Very true, I must say. Being part of the sorority for almost three years makes me compelled to redefine and restructure the common notion of sororities at the back of your minds. My very goal right now is to change the misconceptions and skepticisms of sororities. I will be citing two points for this week’s issue and another two the following week.
Misconception # 1: Many people believe that its only focuses are only to party and get drunk. Yes it is very much true that one of the most exciting aspects of Greek life is the social experience it offers. But it would be very much unfair that the real intention of holding events would only be seen as something it is not. Formals, theme parties, homecoming events, intramural sports and of course the Greek Week or the sorority week are examples of the social opportunities sorority women share. These activities are not only fun for the members; they bond sorority members together as a family and build unity within the entire sorority. These shared experiences will actually make your collegiate years, and those to follow, a most rewarding experience.
Misconception # 2: “If I join a sorority it will take up all my time and my grades will suffer.” False. Actually the opposite is true. Upon joining a sorority, you should not worry that your grades will drop because you do not get enough study time! Sorority women help their new members develop study skills through scholarship programs and individual help. The incentives and support offered by the sorority help all members achieve and maintain high academic standards. In my sorority, for instance, a grade requirement is necessary. Meaning, you have to meet with the sorority’s academic obligation to its members or else a disciplinary action shall be imposed on you. The sorority understands that the primary purpose of going to academic institutions is for academic excellence. And the sorority’s role on achieving this is very vital. The sorority will not be there to make you ineffective as a student but rather to make you a productive one.
Before I’d end the first part of this article, I’d like to leave you with a quote that I really like most: “From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it.” That’s what sorority life is all about.
(to be continued…)