It’s Not Too Late To Give Greek Life A Try

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I joined a sorority junior year, which is practically unheard of and I have to be honest, I wasn’t sure that I would have the same experience. I was worried I wouldn’t have the chance to be as involved and that I wouldn’t form connections. But contrary to my own opinion, it was not like that at all.

I took a leap and joined a sorority that was new on campus, scared and not knowing what to expect. At the same time, I was excited to be a founding member and to feel like I belonged somewhere again.

It was so much more than I expected. I fell in love with my chapter and our values that perfectly aligned with my own. I found my people, people who I clicked with. I met my best friend. My best friend was actually the first person that I met- we bonded over the fact that we both had knee surgery (at the time I was recovering from a knee surgery and was on crutches). I would have never met her if it wasn’t for my sorority.

Not only did I gain lifelong friendships, I gained leadership experience. I decided to run as my chapter’s Vice President of Public Relations and was ecstatic when I was elected to serve on our founding council. It meant the world to me that 150 women, who didn’t know me very well yet, believed in me that much.

I learned so much about myself in this position. I learned not to be afraid to try. I learned that it was okay to fail. I learned how important confidence was and to keep embodying it even when things didn’t turn out my way. And most of all, I learned what a support system was. My sisters were by my side every step of the way- cheering me on and I am forever thankful for that. I am forever thankful for them continuously pushing me to be the best version of myself.

I can also contribute my amazing job to the fact that I joined a sorority. It opened up my eyes to a whole other world that I otherwise would not have known about. When I first followed my chapter on social media, there was a picture of these shirts with the tag @224apparel. Naturally, I went to the page and followed. I kept up with the page only to discover that they were hiring just a few months later. I started in May and I am still here. I have not only fallen more in love with my chapter, but I’ve fallen in love with Greek life. I would never have had this experience otherwise.

With spring recruitment approaching, I wanted to share a little bit of my story and give all of you upperclassman who are on the fence about rushing some piece of mind. It is totally possible to find your home away from home. It is never too late and it is worth it. So go ahead, give it a try!

-Madison Rowbotham


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