Recently, it was brought to my attention that I am “becoming a stereotype.” Apparently, my love for the women of my sorority and my enjoyment of greek-related events has turned me into the type of person who is readily judged by those around her. So, after some investigation into why I have been labeled as such, I decided to share with all of you precisely how I became a “stereotypical sorority girl.”
1. I wear my Greek letters proudly.
Every day, men and women of Greek organizations across campus can be seen flaunting their letters on all varieties of apparel. Through the year, I’ve acquired quite the collection of sorority shirts. As the law requires I wear a shirt to class, it only makes sense that every once in awhile, this shirt may advertise a philanthropy, formal, or any other Greek event. Perhaps I should just start wearing dirty clothes instead. I mean really, it’s so annoying to see people proudly representing the organizations of which they are a part.
2. I say hello to my sisters when I see them in public.
If you saw your friends from ad club at the coffee shop, wouldn’t you acknowledge their presence? Most people consider it common courtesy to greet acquaintances when you encounter them, but perhaps since I have so many sisters, it would be unfair to ignore another friend for the few seconds it takes to hug a sister I see walking down the street. Can’t I just talk to them at the house later?
3. I throw what I know wherever I go (hey that rhymes!)
I get it, you don’t understand why I have to take pictures throwing up our “gang signs” at every exciting event I attend. When I spontaneously run into a girl from another chapter, though, I want to share with everyone that ladies from my house are all around. It’s exciting to be a part of something in which so many amazing women are involved! Plus, if I want to be featured on nationals’ Instagram account, I really have to keep trying.
4. Sometimes, I dress nicely when I go out in public.
Apparently, this is a “sorority girl” thing to do. That’s right, girls, if you just got a new skirt and can’t wait until the next chapter meeting to wear it, you had better think twice before throwing it on for dinner this Friday. Your obvious care for your appearance might make other people think that *gasp* you’re in a Greek house. Clearly, people who believe this have forgotten about the days when I wake up late and run to class in the philanthropy tank I was sleeping in.
5. I absolutely love being in a house, and I tell everyone about it.
Whenever I’m with my non-Greek friends, I still frequently end up mentioning the fantastic girls in my house, the great friends I’m making in my pledge class, or how much fun I had at formal last weekend. We’ve discussed everyone else’s extracurricular activities, but once I get on the subject of the dreaded sorority, the subject of conversation must be changed immediately. Who cares about our froyo philanthropy next week? There will be too many sorority girls there, they wouldn’t want to risk being associated with us, even if it is to support a good cause. I love the friends I’ve made in the house? Ugh, so stereotypical of me to say that.
I am so proud to be part of an organization that pushes me to be the best I can be. I love that we put on fun events to raise money for a philanthropy that means a lot to me, and most other girls in the house. Starting college with 160 new sisters made the transition into a new life smooth, and I know that when the path gets rough, I can turn to any of these girls for advice.
Some of the most inspirational women I have encountered are currently or were once involved in a sorority, and I only hope that one day I will live up to the standards they have set for Greek women everywhere.
So, if you want to believe that Greek affiliated women all fit into a stereotype, go right ahead, but I dearly hope you don’t believe that stereotype is negative. Some of the most inspirational women I have encountered in my life are currently or were once involved in a sorority, and I only hope that I can live up to the standards they have set for Greek women everywhere.