Going Greek by Brianna

Being an African-American in a predominantly white institution, I felt I needed to find some way to fit in with “my people.”  I decided joining a sorority would be the best way to do so.

How I saw it was, I would get the best of both worlds. On one side I would get to meet people and have a connection with people from all over the world (instant friendships), and on the other side my social life would be amazing!

I used to go to the parties and watch the “Black Greeks” stroll around, and think “one day that could be me!” I wanted the status of being in a sorority. I wanted the experiences of being a sorority girl! I mean, let’s face it – because of the negative images of Greek life portrayed by the media, I used to think all they would do is go to parties, drink and have a great time. Who wouldn’t want to add that to their list of things they did in college?

I was eventually offered the opportunity to join my dream organization. Once I became a member, man did reality slap me in the face. I was attending meetings left and right. An event one day and a community service project the next. Before I knew it, I was the secretary of my council. But it turned out I actually liked attending meetings. I enjoyed the leadership opportunities and the sisterhood more than anything else. I love being in a sorority now, and though I joined for all the wrong reasons, I don’t regret it at all! Looking back on it now, I realize that joining a sorority was the best decision I have ever made.

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