Happiness is fluid. I found mine in the acceptance that life isn’t going to be exactly what I want it to be. Things and people are going to change, and we have to go with it. Nothing is guaranteed, and that’s okay. Change is the healthiest thing that there is, even if it’s not what we are expecting.
Growing up as an athlete, sororities were the furthest thing from what I was interested in. It didn’t even occur to me to join one. I had always had the mindset that swimming would prevent me from being involved with Greek life, because you couldn’t be both. To me, they were different mindsets.
So, when my boyfriend suggested that I join a sorority, I looked at him like he was crazy. Why would I do that? It’s way out of my comfort zone. I’ve had enough experiences out of my comfort zone recently, I didn’t need any more. Not to mention that joining a sorority as a junior is not a very common thing to do. In fact, that may be a reason why it wouldn’t work out for me.
I attended a few sorority interest events. I found out that joining a sorority as a junior is not as uncommon as I had assumed, and are division I athletes involved in Greek life. I had never even thought that I could do both, but there are people that do. There’s all kinds of girls involved in Greek life, which is part of what makes it so great.
The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like it would be a great opportunity for me. I had been looking to meet new people and this could be my opportunity to do just that. Greek life at my college is extremely laid back. There are no sorority houses, no hazing, and no pressure. I signed up for recruitment on a whim. I figured I had nothing to lose, I could just see how it would go and then decide from there.
The recruitment process was nothing like I expected. I was in and out of rooms, getting to know all different girls. I was so nervous. I meticulously tried to plan out every outfit and conversation I would have. As I walked into the first room, I was shaking. I wanted to give the best possible impression that I could to all of these girls, hoping they would accept me.
The rounds got easier as they went on. I became more and more comfortable as I met all different, incredible girls that were involved in sisterhoods that were full of love and support. They all loved the organizations they were involved with as well as the charity work they participated in.
When I opened my envelope on the last day and it was revealed that I was accepted into my top sorority, I immediately felt at home. It was shocking to me that I went into recruitment weekend not knowing much about Greek life, and ending it with a new set of people that I knew I would soon be able to call friends and sisters.
It’s only been a few weeks, I have already made friends that I really like and get along with. I am a part of a completely different world. Something I never imagined I would be a part of, something I never knew I needed.
Find peace in the fact that you are taking every day and making it the best it can be. That’s really our only duty in this life. There is only one thing that we are truly in control of, and that is ourselves.
Seize every opportunity and live your life to the fullest. I’ve been hearing that advice for my entire life, but I haven’t really understood how important it was until now. Without this experience, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make all of the new relationships that I’ve made and will make and be involved in such an amazing organization.
Do your best to say yes to opportunities that may be uncomfortable for you. Learn that going outside of your comfort zone can be the best thing you’ve ever done. Your life may not be exactly what you had planned, and sometimes that’s fate telling you something.