Last issue, I’ve cited two points of misconceptions and skepticisms most people believe about sororities. This week, I have two more, as promised.
Misconception # 3: I’ve heard stories about the hazing that goes on in sororities. I don’t want to go through that.” Two words: No hazing! We are not fraternities. And fraternities and sororities are two very different things. It may be that most fraternities, if not all undergo hazing, but sororities, at least here in UP don’t. In my sorority, I am proud to say that one of our fraternity brothers in UP Los Banos drafted the Anti-Hazing Bill, now a law. Therefore, it would be a big slap on our faces if we will be the first to violate this law. And besides, we don’t believe that the code of ethics of a sorority could be best imbibed if the aspirant will pass through unconstructive activities such as hazing. We believe that there are other forms or ways of indoctrination that requires no physical contact. We keep it true in my sorority.
Misconception # 4: “Why would I join a sorority, what good would it bring me?” Three words: sisterhood, leadership and philanthropy. Sorority membership brings lasting friendships that continue throughout your life. The sorority becomes a “home away from home” for many women. Sorority women share friendships that are a special bond unlike any other. Sorority sisters share their joys and disappointments, learn and grow together, and appreciate the loyalty of friends, and sisters that they know will always be there.
Moreover, membership in sororities is one of the best ways you can discover and refine your leadership skills. Within each chapter, members may assume a variety of leadership roles ranging from chairing committees to holding major offices. Sororities provide leadership opportunities for women who will become respected professionals and community leaders after graduation. In fact, most of our successful women in our country right now are sorority members in the persons of Winnie Monsod, Betty Go-Belmonte and many of the professors in UP. In the US , much is true on this. Statistics shows that 62% of campus leadership positions are held by Greeks, meaning sorority women, 76% of campus honoraries are Greek, 89% of US supreme court justices have been Greek and of the United States’ 50 largest companies, 43 are headed by Greek alumnae. Quite interesting, isn’t it?
Another important part of sororities is philanthropy. It is the giving of time, service, and funds to the community. During the year, sorority women strive to strengthen their relationship with the community by increasing individual member involvement in worthwhile community and campus events. Sororities sponsor events for a cause such as Bayanihan, Donate a Blood Activity, participating in socio-civic activities like Gawad Kalinga and a lot more. These projects are a wonderful opportunity to have a good time with your sisters as well as making a difference in the community.
Now tell me at this point that what I just mentioned are purely hallucinations and skepticisms. Facts show, as based on experience, that sororities aren’t bad influences after all. In fact, I must attest that it’s the other way around. Here’s a beautiful quote I’d like to share: “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.