You know that feeling when you get back from a really big trip and so much has happened that it’s hard to convey everything you learned, felt, and love to friends and family when you get back home? Well, as I sit here staring at a computer screen with a serious case of writers block, that’s exactly what I am feeling. I wanted to write a blog because there is no doubt that my first semester in Phi Beta Chi has been an incredible journey, but the problem is where to begin. If you had approached me at this time a year ago and told me that I would be in a sorority, I probably would have laughed at you and said something along the lines of, “Do I look like the kind of girl who wants to be in a sorority?” In fact, had you told me that at the beginning of recruitment last semester, my response would have probably been similar. My decision to check out Phi Beta Chi was way out of character, but I had heard a lot of really awesome stories from a ton of my friends that were involved in it so it was kind of a last minute, why the heck not decision (and I could never be more grateful that I made it).
So long story short, I went into my first Phi Beta Chi info-session curious, but skeptical of Greek life in general. The ironic thing is that it wasn’t until I was going through recruitment that I realized every stereotype I had based my cynicism on was baseless. Recruitment was a huge deal for me, not just because it was the process that allowed me to be adopted into my forever family, but also because it totally revolutionized my perception of what it meant to be a sorority. Here are a few things I never knew about sororities.
1. There is no such thing as a basic sorority girl.
2. They are philanthropic.
3. You can actually be yourself.
4. Your sisters aren't just your friends — they're family.
I was so completely wrong about so many things, but I’ve never been more thrilled to be proved wrong in my entire life. Phi Beta Chi is home to me, and although I would have never guessed it a year ago, now I couldn’t see it any other way.