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August 7, 2017 | Isabel Phillips

Now that I am in my final year of college, I go back to the time that I was a freshman and I wasn’t sure if going Greek was for me. I am so glad that I decided to go through recruitment because I have gained so much from our Greek community here at Sam Houston State University.

Greek life is a topic that has a lot of misconception towards it and a lot of the times it’s due to movies that don’t depict all the aspects of what it entails to be in a sorority. No matter where you are from, what you look like, or what you believe in, going Greek will help you become the best version of yourself.

You must be wondering, what is it like then?

You learn how to be leader and learn how to be proactive with your time. I have found my voice during the time that I have been a member of my sorority. Starting college, I wasn’t the most outgoing person, but because I stepped out of my comfort zone my voice started to appear more. This happened from speaking up at meetings, to applying for small leadership roles, to eventually having a leadership position and going to a conference because of it.

You gain so much support! The sisters that you will have will be the people that will be there for you through thick and thin. If you need help studying for a test, if you need help trying to figure out what to wear, if you need someone to go get food with, if you just need someone to talk to, they will be there for you.

You learn how to get involved on campus. Being part of sorority you learn to promote philanthropic causes, host events to raise money for those causes and get to network with other organizations that are doing the same thing. You learn the history and value of your sorority and do everything to promote them. Panhellenic love is real. Izzy Not only did I get to meet and have memories with the girls in my sororities, but I am glad that I’ve met sisters from other sororities. There is nothing better than having something in common and that is what Panhellenic sisters are all about. I have met some great girls that I get to work with on a daily basis and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We have our own little Panhellenic family and it’s incredible to have more support and love from people.

The biggest thing that I gained, was to find out who I was. The amount of experiences that I got from being Greek has shaped me into the strong, hardworking, independent woman that I am today. If it wasn’t for my sorority and all it has taught me, I wouldn’t have known that.

My advice for the girls who are questioning whether going Greek is for you, I say go for it. There is so much that you get out of being in this community that it will all be worth it. Even if you don’t end up liking it, at least you tried and experienced it for yourself.

I'm near the end of my four years here and I'm realizing that everything in life doesn’t last forever. Soon, I'll just be a composite on the wall that future members will point at. The memories that I've made and the friendships that I've formed are more than enough. Looking back, I'm so glad that I went with the flow and signed up for recruitment.

I'm a better, stronger, happier version of myself today because of it. I love my sorority and I'm proud to be a part of our Greek community here at Sam Houston State University.