This week we wanted to highlight each of our individual stories on why we went Greek in lieu of many of you going through recruitment right now. First up, Sakura!
6 years ago, I made the best life-changing decision I have ever made and yup, you guessed it… I went Greek. To be honest, Greek life was a complete mystery to me. None of my family members were ever apart of Greek life and my hometown college, University of Nevada-Reno, wasn’t very big in Greek life at the time- so I really had no idea what it was all about. I knew that Greek life can be negatively stereotyped at times, but I knew that there was so much more to it and I had to find out for myself.
I grew up in a small town in Northern Nevada where everyone knows everyone, so when I decided to go to Arizona State University, I knew that everything was about to change. As I made my move to Arizona knowing no one, I was a little nervous as to how I would make these next four years in Arizona my new “home”. I was an out-of-state student with a random roommate in an apartment, because I was not “comfortable” living in the dorms (huge mistake). All I can say is that I was eager to find new friends and fill that hole in my heart of not being with my family and my childhood friends.
I remember the first week of my freshman year like it was yesterday- getting lost on campus, walking from class to class by myself, and eating alone at the Memorial Union. It was awful, but little did I know that it was all a blessing in disguise. During my first “miserable” week, I had my first encounter with what being in a sorority was all about. The first week of school at Arizona State University is promo week for Greek life and all the sorority women are wearing matching outfits with their letters on it. I easily recognized which girls were apart of Greek life and saw these sorority women walking from class to class together, eating lunch, and hanging out between classes. It was everything I wanted. I registered for recruitment that day and was looking forward to that following weekend for recruitment to start.
Looking back, recruitment was sort of a blur- it was a whirlwind to say the least. I remember being torn by two sororities, but I thought long-term. I loved the women in both of these sororities, but one of them seemed like the typical “fun” sorority, while the other seemed a little more… me. I really wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do- do I go outside of my comfort zone or do I stay in my comfort zone?
I asked myself…
Which group of women could I rely on when something bad happens?
Who will be there for me?
Who will I feel more comfortable with?
Those three questions lead me to my new home, my new friends, and my new family. I joined the sorority that was for me and nothing else. It has been 6 years since I became a part of Greek life and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. I have met the smartest, most hardworking women and they have inspired me in so many different ways. Without being apart of a sorority, I never would have met my sisters and now business partners to start The Sorority Secrets either.
The only thing I can advise to those going through recruitment is choose the house for you- not because you’re a legacy, your friends’ decision, or the reputation of the house. Do it for you and everything else will fall into place!