1. You find your home away from home
I was so excited to move into my sorority house as a junior this fall and officially call “the big yellow house” my home. It’s an amazing feeling coming home after a long day to all of your friends sitting around the dinner table laughing and talking about their ambitions. Plus, our house mom, Kim, is basically all of our mom’s.
2. And all the sisters you never had
I have two younger brothers named Christian (16 years old) and Kellen (12 years old), and while I love them, I’ve always wished for a sister. A huge reason I wanted to join a sorority was for the sisterhood—and now I have 125 of them.
3. There’s always someone to cuddle with
I make my roommate snuggle me all the time. No judgment here.
4. …And pig out with.
No matter what, there’s always someone to grab food with. Whether it’s going out for burgers, ordering Chinese takeout, or baking cookies, you’ll never be alone in your conquest for food.
5. You now have multiple closets to choose from
When I just can’t find something to wear, I can check out my roommate’s closet or take a few steps down the hall and “shop” in my sisters’ closets.
6. And endless costume opportunities
With so many themed events, my costume box has tripled in size. I have everything from 80’s dresses to flapper pearls to animal onesies.
7. You’ll excel in academics
Whenever I’m struggling in a class, I can rely on my sisters to help me out. I’ve always had older sisters who have taken the classes I take, so they always have advice and recommendations for professors.
8. You’ll connect with the community
As the Director of Community Service, I’ve gotten to participate in several amazing volunteer opportunities in the Des Moines area. A sorority is the perfect way to get out into the community and give back.
9. There are professional opportunities
Thanks to the network I’ve gained through my sorority, I’ve had babysitting opportunities, leadership roles, internship offers, and more.
10. You’ll learn what it means to be panhellenic
Some of my best friends are in different sororities than mine, and we always have so much fun going to each others events.
11. It forces you out of your comfort zone
When I accepted my bid to Alpha Phi freshman year, I had no idea how big of an impact it would have on me. These women have empowered me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. Without my sorority, I never would have accepted leadership positions or figured out what career path I want to take. I never would have grown or challenged myself. And I am so grateful that I did.
12. You’ll find your best friends
This is the part I could never put into words—and by far the best part of joining a sorority. The connections are so real and I know I can count on these women through the ups and downs of my college years and beyond. I don’t know where I’d be in life without the lifelong friends I’ve made through Alpha Phi.