For anyone who is debating Greek Life in college…I have to say that I was right there with you for a long time. I was terrified of hazing and mean girls and not being chosen for the sorority that I wanted to join.
Let me tell you what, though. Joining Greek Life is the best decision that I have made since I got on campus. While most of the rushing at Augustana goes on in Spring Term, the service sorority Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) has fall and spring pledging. Taken by the allure of zebra print and turquoise, I went to the first meeting. I was amazed by the kindness of the Actives in ESA and how interested they really were in all of us pledges and how they wanted to answer any and all questions that we had.
We went through the rush process (which involved absolutely NO hazing whatsoever). Rush was a great opportunity to get to know the actives better and the pledges as well. When it came time to find out who our Bigs were, all of us girls were already good enough acquainted with all of them that we weren’t even worried about not liking the Big we got.
We had a cookout at one of the Actives’ house and played some really fun trivia games. The best part about our Pledge Class is that there were 39 of us! (that may not seem like a lot, but considering there were only 26 Actives, it was a significant increase in the group’s numbers.) This being the case, almost every Active had two littles. That meant that all of the new Pledges had a Big and a Twin. I was concerned at first because my Twin was a girl that I had only talked to once or twice before, and I didn’t know much about her.
There is a lot to be said about sisterhood, I guess, because my twin, Bre, is one of the best friends that I have made since school started back in August. She’s pretty shy and I’m fairly outgoing, so we balance each other out really well. It turns out that Bre, our big and myself only live about an hour away from each other, so we can hang out in the summer. Fun fact: Bre’s dad works in the town that I live in (at the same company as my brother) and my dad work’s in Bre’s town. Small world!
Now I know that Service Sororities aren’t everyone’s thing. I was incredibly involved in community service in high school, so being a part of a group that requires service is exactly what I was looking for.
I can honestly say that I think some of the girls in ESA will be girls that I am friends with forever. As skeptical as I was, I am SO grateful that I joined ESA. I would highly recommend at least going through the rush process to anyone that is skeptical. One of two things will happen. Either your suspicions will be confirmed and you’ll realize that you don’t want to pledge and then you’ll know for sure, or you will be so surprised by the excitment of sisterhood and Greek Life that you will be one of the hopeful pledges.
Keep in mind that there aren’t just Social and Service sororities/fraternities on campus. We also have music based ones, theatre ones and porbably some that I don’t even know about.
So, like I’m sure you’ve been told time and time again…keep an open mind about everything on campus. It may not seem like your thing at first, but you just might surprise yourself if you give it a try. I got tired of hearing it, too, but we only say it because it is so true!
Posted on October 9th, 2012 by amyfagan12
Filed under: Amy Fagan