I debated all summer before my freshman year whether or not I should go through recruitment. I didn’t think greek life was for me. I didn’t know much about sororities because none of my family or friends were in any, but I knew the stereotypes: rich, blonde, shallow, only cares about boys and partying. I’ve always taken my academics seriously, I like to be involved in more than one thing, and I like to surround myself with people who are going to push me to be better, not drag me down in the wrong direction. None of what I wanted in college seemed to match what I thought I knew about sororities. So, I didn’t go through formal sorority recruitment.
Once I got to Alabama, I found my way around college: I had my classes under control, I had joined a couple organizations, and I was making friends. A lot of those friends being sorority women. The more I heard them talk about their sororities and their “sisters,” the more I thought about joining one. I was still a bit hesitant, but I decided to fill out a COB form and at least meet with a few of the houses to get a better idea of what it’s all about.
DZ was the first house I heard from. I went in convincing myself it was a bad idea because I just knew a sorority wasn’t for me. Boy, was I wrong. When I walked in the house, I didn’t see all blondes wearing Lulu Lemons and gossiping about boys. Instead, I saw girls of different backgrounds and hair colors studying, eating lunch, and just hanging out. As I talked with Katie Beth (the VP of Membership at the time), she told me not only about the social aspect of being in a sorority, but the academic, philanthropic, and sisterhood.
Since joining DZ, I’ve learned that there is no mold to being a sorority woman. Sororities aren’t just for certain girls, they’re for every girl. No matter what you’re looking for in college or after college, I think a sorority is a great place to start.
DZ has been a place for me to (yes) meet people and have fun, but also a place to help me in my classes and future career choices, to gain leadership experience, and to give back to others in our community and around the world. It wasn’t a place that took away all my time like I thought, instead it just helped me to allocate my time to the right places.