The Sorority Type

11025849_336253016564203_3854106381306147338_oWalking through my school’s Union building, I had one goal in mind: food. It was a Thursday during free period and I just knew the lines in the Union were going to be horrendously long. That’s when I noticed a new group of girls on campus. My school is very small; it’s odd when you just notice someone so late in the semester.  As I walked past the table, I heard the words ” new sorority” and decided to pick up my pace, so that I wouldn’t be stopped and asked a series of questions. As an eighteen-year-old college freshman, there are few things in the world I know for certain. I would have bet anyone that I, Elizabeth Ashford, would not, under any circumstance, join a sorority.  Like most girls, I thought to myself, “Why would I pay for my friends to secretly hate and haze me? No thanks.” My mind was made up, for as long as those oddly happy women were promoting their new sorority, I would walk past them everyday, uninterested. I was on the second week of my uninterested façade, when I decided to grab lunch with my friend in the Union. Little did I know, my life was about to change. My friend made eye contact with a chapter consultant from Georgia, and suddenly, we were both signing up for interview times. Walking away from their table, I thought to myself “How did this happen? I’m so not the sorority type.”  As I got to chat with the consultants more, complete my interview and attend their events, I learned that these were some of the most genuinely nice women I had ever met. I wanted to be as compassionate, ambitious and honorable as they were.  I knew the first step in doing so was to become a member of Phi Mu. As I think back on how I became a member of Phi Mu, I am completely astonished. Never would I have pictured myself to be a proud member of a Greek organization. You see, as a freshman, I had so many preconceived notions about college in general, but more specifically sororities. I thought you paid copious amount of money for women to tear you down all for the sake of having a social life.  That seemed so uninteresting to me because I surround myself with women who want to empower and encourage each other in everything they do. As I got to know all of the wonderful women in my pledge class, I quickly learned that there was no such thing as the ” sorority type.” My chapter represents a group of women who are diverse in every aspect. We empower each other to be the best versions of ourselves in everything we do.  So for every girl out there who is afraid to rush a sorority, I say go for it! You might think you have to be a certain type of person to fit into a group, and you don’t have to be. Rush a sorority like Phi Mu, where diversity is the thing that ties everyone in your pledge class together. I didn’t know it then, but I realized it now; I am, in every way, the sorority type.