My grand-little stopped by work yesterday for a visit, and while she was there, I was telling a story about how guys treated me in high school, and how it all changed in college. The preface to the story was that it occurred during one of the first two weeks of school, which is when everyone gears up for sorority recruitment at my university. So I had on a cute little outfit (because we all matched,) I had curled my hair, and I had taken extra pains with my makeup. (Like it was the perfect day to run into all of the boys who had been too good for me in high school!)
And then a co-worker interjected with, “Why would you ever want to be a part of something like that?!”
Our matching outfits may confuse people. (I actually love them because I don’t have to put any thought into my clothing for a few weeks, AND we can all throw them into the wash at the same time.) But I wish people weren’t so quick to assume that sorority life is shallow.
Among the many other things that it taught me, my sorority taught me how to be a friend. I learned about accountability and responsibility. I learned how to budget (because no one enjoys being on bad standing!) I learned how to create a positive social media presence. I learned about God and His love for me, and I found a personal relationship with Him. I learned what it feels like to be loved when you feel unloveable.
There was always a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold, a body to roll around in the floor and laugh with. There was always a closet to raid, a manicure pal, and a hand with a teasing comb ready to fix you up for a date. There was never a shortage of snacks, dinner dates, and meaningful conversations.
So to answer your question – even as an alumna, the relationship that I have with my sisters is the most fulfilling earthly relationship that I have ever had. And for that, I am forever grateful. I can’t imagine my life if I hadn’t been “part of something like that.”