Spread your love, labor, learning, and loyalty as you grow into an older Gamma Phi Beta member.
Grandmas, great-grandmas, and even some moms in the G Phi family tree, I know you are already in the routine of Tuesday: chapter, Wednesday: intramurals, Thursday: exchange, Friday and Saturday: sisterhood, volunteering or a day of rest if you have completed your service hours for the month. You are approaching the real-world soon and have plenty of schoolwork on your to-do list, but that shouldn’t make you the grumpy old woman suffering through your sorority mid-membership crisis. So here’s some tips on how to avoid sorority menopause:
“College goes by in the blink of an eye.” You hear it all the time but you never actually believe it until it’s the day before you have to pick up your cap and gown for graduation that is less than a week away. When you get to college as a freshman, you’ll decide on the different things you want to get involved in. If you’re anything like me, you will have no hesitation of joining a sorority. When you do that, you will spend the next 4 years of your life with the greatest 100 + girls you will ever have the pleasure of being friends with. Before you know it, you will have amazing memories like the ones written below. These girls have changed my life for the better and I would not be the same without them.
It should come as no surprise that come May a group of college students graduate and go off to start their exciting new lives in the real world. This of course happens every year and one would think by now it would get easier to say goodbye, I mean we all have at least four years of high school ‘goodbye senior’ experience under our belts, but saying goodbye is never easy. These amazing women were our Bigs, pledge moms, leaders, older sisters, and most importantly our friends. They’re the ones who took us under their wings for late night adventures, who we went to McDonalds with, whom we lived in house with, who gave us their old notes for class, and now all of a sudden they’re all grown up and leaving.
I never thought I would end up attending a small university, let alone becoming a member of a small Greek community. I always thought that tailgates, sports games, and huge lecture halls were the perfect fit for me. A place where I could sit in the background, do my own thing, and walk across the stage 4 years later.
But I surprised myself by selecting a small school with about 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, an average class size of about 25 students, and professors that take the time and effort to learn about each individual in their classroom–Bradley University.
Bradley University may be a small college campus, but they provide so many big school opportunities, one of which is its amazing Greek life.
Being a member of a small school Greek community provides many of the same benefits as larger universities. We hold the same events and rituals, but create a support system that is unique from the big universities. Being a part of a small school Greek life was one of the best decisions I have made because it has provided me with so many perks throughout my undergraduate career.
The decision to go Greek is never an easy one to make, and it will ultimately impact the next four years of your life. You struggle with the time commitment, the requirements, and the constant thought of “Is this right for me? Am I a sorority girl?”
I struggled with this decision two and a half years ago, but I looked past everything that made me nervous about Greek life. I discovered what it truly meant to be in a sorority, and I can honestly say that was the best decision I made. Throughout my college years, I have developed both personally and professionally, while also gaining a wide variety of experiences.
Plus, I could never trade the life-long relationships and countless memories for anything.