Best decision I made freshman year: Going Greek

Freshman year is all about trying new things, being independent and learning more about yourself as a person.

I knew going into my freshman year that I wanted to get involved and meet new people, but I wasn’t exactly sure where to begin because it all seemed a little overwhelming at first.

During one of the first weekends of the semester, Open Recruitment for Greek Life was taking place. With some encouragement from the girls who lived on the same floor as me, I decided why not give it a try.

No one in my family was Greek and I had heard all the typical stereotypes about Greek Life, but I was still determined to give it a try. I didn’t want to miss out on any experiences in college that I might later regret.

After the long and exhausting weekend of going through all the different sorority houses, I realized that I had made the right decision by going through with this because I had already met so many new people and stepped out of my comfort zone.

In the end, I ended up joining a sorority on campus because I quickly realized that I had found my home away from home and a support system of 70 girls who had similar interests and values.

I instantly felt welcomed and cared about by each and every member in the sorority and realized then that I had made the best decision I could have made my freshman year of college.

Now that I am going into my senior year of college, I still think back to Open Recruitment weekend and how differently things could have been if I had missed the opportunity and not given Greek Life a chance.

I have great memories of these past three years and have formed friendships that I am confident will last me a lifetime.

Open Recruitment was by far one of the best decisions I could have made as it has led me to where I am today and shaped me into a better person.

I have also learned that being a part of sorority or fraternity is so much more than the stereotypes.

It is about getting involved in philanthropies and raising money for a good cause; it is about creating bonds that will never be broken; and it is about becoming a better you.

For all these reasons and many more, I am grateful for the experiences I have gotten because I decided to go Greek freshman year.

While I know that Greek life may not be for everyone, I do know that college is a time to find what you are most passionate about and sticking through with it because in the end it will be worth it and make your college experience that much more worthwhile.

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