Monday, September 28, 2009

Sorority Girl

Okay, so I know when most people hear the word "sorority" they cringe...well, for me, pledging 14 years ago was one of the best things I ever did.  Besides just being a great way to network, I have met some of the most interesting and loveliest women on the planet.  I have been to their weddings and baby showers.  We have shared secrets and have been there for eachother when maybe nobody else could be. 

I used to think that sorority girls were just party girls who liked fraternity guys and were ditzy.  So not the case.  Our sorority has women of all different backgrounds, colors, shapes, sizes, you name it.  Although we are all unique in our own way, we all have our sorority in common. I am so proud of our organization, and was really excited when we had the chance to celebrate at our 40th Anniversary party last night.

Sisters in their 20's and sisters in their 60's all co-mingled and reminisced.  It was such a memorable evening.  A slide show played for the duration, and a dj played hits old and new.  It was just like being at a wedding reception.  There was dancing and joking, and for most of us, it was just like old times and we had never missed a beat. 

For those who couldn't make the event, they were very much missed.  About 60-something sisters were in attendance, but over the years almost four hundred women have passed through the doors....that's a lot of sisters!  I had such a great time with all of the sisters and I look forward to our next anniversary/reunion.

If anyone is considering joining a sorority or fraternity, it is a very personal choice, but from my own experience I can tell you this- I have made friendships that are lifelong. Those tv shows/movies that glorify hazing, etc. are just that- a glorified misrepresentation- I would never put myself or anyone else in harm's way. I am horrified when I see reports on the news about what is going on with college hazing nowadays- it really saddens me. I even recently saw a commerical for a horror movie about sorority girls and had to laugh (of course I will probably view the movie just for the giggles).

I remain the geeky, artsy, weird, outspoken girl with my own different sets of friends outside of a sorority, yet being a sister has definitely enriched my life and I have learned so much from all of the people I have met in the process.

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