Is sorority life right for you?
In high school, I was very involved in sports and studies. I wasn’t particularly a social butterfly, but I was comfortably happy with my group of close friends. That changed in my senior year of high school, when I found my college fit at the University of Nevada, Reno. I was looking forward to leaving home and arriving on campus the following fall.
My first few weeks in college are some of my favorite memories. I was newly independent and my own adult (well, sort of). I happily went to welcome week events and club lounges. And, along with a few other girls in the dorm, I decided to attend “GO FEST”. GO FEST is a huge barbecue on The Quad where all the fraternities and sororities gather to welcome new freshmen.
I remember being surprised to see so many different Greek chapters on campus. It was an opportunity for new students to meet the different organizations and find one that suited them. I had no idea there were so many sororities I could join! I vibrated with so many different people and had a lot of fun. There was live music, good food and the Quad was beautiful.
That night, I called my mom because I was conflicted about whether to join a sorority. She said to me: “Just go through recruitment. If you like it, you like it. If you don’t love, you don’t love.
So I thought, what could be worse? I say no? What’s the best thing that can happen? I meet new people on campus and make new friends.
I signed up for recruitment right after that phone call.
What’s it like to rush a sorority
Recruitment week was one of the most hectic weeks of my life at this time. I was taking a full 15 credit course load with evening sorority recruiting events. Man, I was tired, but I’m so happy to have participated. I got to meet every chapter and so many different women on campus. There was a chapter that I really vibrated with, Sigma Kappa. Sigma Kappa felt like a home away from home.
Soon it was auction day, which was a lot of fun. I remember running to my auction (your formal sorority invitation) and then walking to our sorority house with the rest of the group. There were beautiful decorations, delicious food and SO MUCH Sigma Kappas. I had so much fun and I remember feeling like I made the right decision.
Benefits of being in a sorority
Throughout my years at Sigma Kappa, Kappa Xi at the University of Nevada, Reno, I was very involved. I went to as many meetings with other fraternities, sororities and organizations as possible. I met people from all over campus and developed some very good friendships. There were so many fraternity retreats at Lake Tahoe and sleepovers at our sorority house.
I loved the formal season. My favorite memories were getting ready with all the other girls in the huge bathrooms in the house. Makeup all over the counter, hairspray and perfume in the air, and curling irons plugged into every outlet. Those nights were unforgettable and I spent them with all my best friends.
If you are considering joining a sorority, I strongly recommend that you apply for a position within your chapter. Each chapter has different titles, but being in a position helps you grow as a person. At Sigma Kappa, Kappa Xi, I was the vice president of communications. I managed the operations of my chapter and created a database of 200 women. It was an eye-opening experience and taught me skills that apply very well to my current job. Additionally, having a position in a Chapter is a safe space to grow professionally before entering the professional world.
So if you’re not sure if a sorority is right for you, that’s okay. If you’re wondering if you should try recruiting, I say DO IT. It is better to try something before making a quick decision. If you end up not liking it, that’s fine. But you never know until you try.
All in all, I wouldn’t trade my experience in Sigma Kappa to the University of Nevada, Reno. Being in a sorority taught me a lot about myself, opened doors to new experiences, and helped me develop lasting relationships and bonds.