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Freshman year of college can be extremely overwhelming. You have to adjust to living in a new place – sometimes a different state. That’s all in addition to making new friends, eating different food, balancing new classes, and you’re supposed to have fun while doing all of this at once? Then to top it all off, people start talking about Greek Life and how they’re so excited to rush and join a sorority. I had no idea what this really meant. I thought how on earth would I ever be able to balance my school, work and social life with the addition of a sorority?

After my first semester at school, I was much more comfortable living the life of a college student, but my sole focus was still academics. I ended up not rushing as a freshman, and I watched the majority of my friends go through recruitment and join sororities. The feeling was one I’d never experienced before or even expected. I felt lost and left out of something that I didn’t even think I wanted to be apart of. What I didn’t know was how the future was going to play out and how everything would work out for the better.

I ended up rushing my sophomore year; despite the uncomfortable feelings that come along with pushing yourself past your comfort zone, rushing was the best decision I could have ever made for myself. For all the girls that may be going through this same feeling: I  encourage you to rush as a sophomore because it’s never too late and you should do what you think is best.

I think everyone should have the experience of going through formal recruitment in the fall, and if you’re on the fence about it, here’s what going through formal recruitment has taught me:

If anything, you are at an advantage as a sophomore because you’re able to see firsthand which sororities your friends have joined and how well they are able to manage their time and prior commitments.

You’ve had the chance to really get your school commitments and grades together to a point where you feel comfortable adding such a big commitment to your life.

You’ve had the time to join other organizations and clubs around campus without feeling like you took on too much all at once.

You will NOT be awkward, out of place, or looked at differently no matter what year in school you are.

Going Greek has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, inspire others, grow internally as an individual, develop friendships that will endure a lifetime, and purse a common goal of excellence through scholastic achievement, cooperation, and community service.