Pink, boys, and booze.
Keeping the list short, these are just a few of the many stereotypes associated with Greek Life, many of which attach a negative connotation with these organizations. It is assumed that all girls in sororities are extremely girly,
boy crazy, and have gone so far as to “pay for their friends.” I am sure anyone reading this has heard something along these lines whenever sororities are discussed.
Being the first person in my family to become a member of Greek Life, I
have had an extremely difficult time dealing with these categorizations and trying to explain to my family that sororities are not at all like they are portrayed in the movies; in fact, they are so much more.
Coming to San Diego State as a scared, insecure seventeen-year-old, I had no idea what to expect. I chose to make a huge change in my life by moving 475 miles away from my family and not knowing a single person attending SDSU. I will never forget when my parents and older sister first left me and I was alone in my dorm room after moving in. I decided to go on a run through campus to get a feel for my new home and where I would be spending my next few years. I had barely made it to the opposite end of school before I completely broke down. It had hit me that I no longer had any “safety nets” and I was going to be experiencing a lot of big changes.
When I decided to register for sorority recruitment, I did not think it was going to be for me because all I knew was the stereotypes that I mentioned before. But, I saw it as a way to put myself out there and even if I didn’t find a house that was right for me, I would still meet girls through the process. Fortunately for myself, I found a house that I fell in love with and immediately clicked with all of the members of the chapter that I talked to. I discovered that being in a sorority is about finding a community of driven women to surround yourself with not only throughout college, but for the rest of your life.
It would be impossible for me to count the number of amazing experiences I have had because of joining Pi Beta Phi, but I know that I will remember each and every one of them for the rest of my life. I cannot imagine what my college experience would have been like without joining a sorority, but I am completely fine without knowing because I would not have wanted my past four years at SDSU to have gone any other way.