When I came to Drake I knew that I had three goals. The first was to get an education, the second to make friends, and the third was to serve my community. What I didn’t realize was that all of these goals were met when I went through formal recruitment and joined a chapter.
Of course any experience is a learning experience, but not every experience helps you sort out your personal values and goals. During recruitment I realized that I place high value on those around me and that my friend group is important to how I live my life. These realizations led me to recognize that being a sorority would surround me with people of the same values.
My second goal, to make friends, had already been met by the time that recruitment rolled around. Despite this I still met some of the girls who are closest to me during recruitment and several aren’t in chapters or are in other chapters besides my own. It makes getting involved with philanthropies more fun because it becomes a personal competition between friends.
Finally service, beyond just philanthropies and mandatory service hours, I found my service was doing more for me as a leader than as a participant. My involvement in an Alternative Spring Break this year, biking at 3 am for a philanthropy, and even doing synchronized swimming have been some of the best ways to give back and raise awareness. My involvement in all of this led to me doing 195 volunteer hours this semester, that’s over 8 days of volunteering! It also led to me declaring a concentration in Leadership Education And Development.
In the end, for me, Greek life isn’t just a support system and social group, it’s an experience that is contently teaching you more about who you are and what you stand for. For me, I stand for ethics and service and believe these are the skills I’m currently developing as a collegiate woman in Greek Life.