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My parents always told me that college was the best four years of their life. My freshman year, I couldn’t disagree more. I went into college feeling on top of the world. I had friends I thought would last a lifetime, a perfect class schedule and I just knew everything would come to me as easy as it did in high school. It did not.

College courses weren’t as easy as the ones I took in high school, friends became people I talked to once every other week and I felt completely lost in the bustle of campus. In high school, it was unlike me to stay in my room all weekend or slide into the back row of a classroom and stay quiet—in college it was the norm. By the end of my freshman year, I knew I needed to find a way to become myself again and make the most out of these supposed best years of my life.

Enter Greek life. Going into college, I had minimal knowledge on sororities and fraternities. My parents went to a private Christian college that did not have Greek life and the only things I really knew were from television shows and magazine articles.

After a few months at Eastern, though, I noticed girls passionately taking part in class discussions, going to DSP and Campus Rec with friends and holding leadership positions I wanted to hold. Those were girls I wanted to be friends with, girls I wanted to surround myself with. And what did they all have in common? You guessed it. They were all part of Greek life.

So my sophomore year of college, I decided to take the plunge and sign up for sorority recruitment. Since filling out the recruitment application, I have not one ounce of regret, only feeling a greater sense of self.

My chapter has enticed me to become the greatest version of myself, one I was not even near the previous year, while making friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. I have met an amazing, independent group of women who have bettered me as much as they have bettered the community and for that, I am so proud.

Sororities are not for everyone. Yes, they are a time commitment, and yes, you do have chapter dues, but for people who are looking to make the most out of their college experience, I cannot think of a better opportunity.

All of the sororities at Eastern hold strong values that I believe anyone aspires to have. We focus on academic success. We hold leadership positions throughout Eastern. We work hard as a community to help the campus, the city of Richmond and our respective philanthropic organizations make a difference. We are more than what you, or television, may think.

Finding who you are is a difficult task. Finding who you are in a brand new place with people you do not know is even more difficult. Greek life not only helped me find myself, but has celebrated me along the way. Since the day I decided to sign up for recruitment, I can officially say college has been the best years of my life.