By: Charlotte Smith, Columnist
Charlotte Smith here. I’ll be taking over the Speak Greek column for the Towerlight. Yay!
Let’s be real, though. If you had told me a year or two ago that I would not only be in a sorority, but also writing a column on Greek Life, I would have laughed in your face. I was a theatre kid and a self-proclaimed cold-hearted indie girl.
I wanted to fill my dorm room with band posters, not sorority letters. THIS WAS NOT WHAT I HAD PLANNED.
However, several things occurred that made me question my original stance on Greek Life. First, my best friend joined a sorority at her school and fell in love with it.
My best friend and I love pretty much all the same things and share the same values, so I guess this was the first time that I stopped and thought, “Hmm, maybe being in Greek Life could be kind of cool?”
Soon after, I learned that a ton of girls from my high school were in a sorority at Towson. Many of these girls had done theatre with me, and they were all people that I greatly admired. I started to seriously consider going Greek.
Fast forward a few months, and I was doing spring recruitment. At first, I was overwhelmed and seriously wondered what was wrong with me and how I had even gotten there.
Still, I stuck with it and met all of the sororities. It was then that I truly began to understand what being in a sorority is all about. I had a chance to meet all of Towson’s great sororities, and I was very impressed with what I saw.
I had meaningful conversations with all the girls I talked to: about philanthropies, future goals, music. You name it.
Although every sorority was amazing, I fell in love the minute I met the girls from my future sorority. Everyone was so kind and hilarious and passionate about the chapter. I immediately knew that this was where I belonged.
…And that’s the story of how I accidentally became a sorority girl.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m still the musical-loving, highly-opinionated girl that I was before I joined a sorority. You don’t have to change who you are to be in Greek Life. In fact, my sisters love me for being who I am, weird quirks and all.
So, if you’ve ever considered joining Greek Life, even if you just looked at it once and thought, “Hmm, that looks sorta kinda okay/not awful,” I so strongly encourage you to check it out.
You just might fall in love with an organization and meet some of the best people you’ve ever known.
I know I did.