Joining a sorority turned me into a leader | Majored in sorority

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I didn’t think I would join a sorority in college. I had preconceived notions of what being involved in Greek life entailed of, mostly stemmed from movies. They only show the party life and while those are fun, college is more than that. Movies fail to show that Greek organizations create leaders. It’s no surprise that 85 percent of Fortune 500 executives were apart of Greek life. They also cultivate a community for growth and accountability.

I decided to rush a sorority my junior year simply because I was going through a hard break-up and was seeking to keep myself busy. I checked out a couple of sororities and made the ultimate decision to rush Phi Alpha Omicron because they emphasized academics. Education has always been super important to me and I was glad to have found a group of girls who valued school the same way I did. I found my home away from home and that is not an understatement.

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Although not a requirement, during my time in the sorority, I joined the leadership board because I wanted to be a part of the decision making and planning.  Joining a sorority opens the doors to an abundance of leadership opportunities. But if you’re apart of Greek life do not feel obligated to take on a position because they are a big time commitment.

The first position I held was community service chair, where I scouted local events for the girls to fulfill their community service hours. One of my majors in college was sociology, and I had access to a lot of organizations that needed some extra help. I thrived in finding amazing opportunities, ranging from walking in the downtown Fresno Parade to partnering up with the local National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. This position gave me the first glimpse of the power of networking. The summer of 2012, I reached out to the Fresno organizer and she invited me to their next meeting. I took a couple of the girls with me and we started planning and organizing a walk to honor those with Ovarian Cancer. I was enamored with the drive the organizers carried, instilling a fire in me.

I remained super involved in the organization and my last semester decided to run for the president chair. Honestly, I didn’t think I would get the votes necessary to win because I never saw myself as a leader. Even being apart of many organizations on campus there was something in me that didn’t allow me to fully believe in myself. But when the previous president told me I’d won, it was hard to believe.

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The position gave me a big confidence booster. Girls actually believed in me to lead them, and have full control over how the sorority ran. Being the sorority president gave me the wings I needed to become the girl boss I am today. The girls were always looking up to me for answers and solutions to any problems that came up. I loved being able to help anyone that needed it and I’m so thankful that I didn’t let my fears and self-doubt get in the way.

The position set me up for what was to come next. In a way, I think it made me fearless for all the opportunities that came my way in the following years. When something scares you, you either seize the opportunity or you run away from it. But honestly, your dreams and goals should scare you. You should be getting chills when you think about it, at least they do for me.

I’m telling you this because at times we can feel like everything is going wrong and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But if you just keep pushing or take a leap of faith, a bigger and better road path is waiting for you.

Joining a sorority was one of the best decisions I made in college. For it me it was more than just a title but about taking action towards how I wanted to live my life after college.

I can proudly say, I majored in sorority.

I have two videos on my YouTube channel where I talk about sorority life if you are interested to hear more.

How to dress for sorority recruitment 

The truth about sororities

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