|Iota Kappa Chi Omega Sorority Reunion 2014|
Kids grow up fast, and before you know it they are going to college. I have several friends my age who have kids going to college this year. How can this be? I remember going to college like it was yesterday, even though it was 25 years ago.
I have to tell you a funny story about my first experience the summer before heading off to college. I got a call from a girl named Darlene, who was a senior at the college I was planning on attending. She called me out of the blue because she had seen my name in the paper, and read that I was going to Troy University in Alabama.
While on the phone, she told me Troy had a lot of Greeks on campus. Being naïve and not having parents involved in the college Greek life, I thought she was talking about Tarpon Springs, which has the highest percentage of Greek Americans in any city in the US. I didn’t know that she was talking about sorority and fraternity life until I got off the phone and told my dad there were a lot of Greeks in Troy.
Anyway, her phone call sparked my interest in what the Greek life was all about. I decided to go through rush, which is what students do the week before classes start to find out about the different sororities on campus.
I ended up pledging the Chi Omega sorority. It was a wonderful experience and one I would never trade. The sorority was my home away from home. You see Troy was about an eight-hour car ride, and I didn’t have a car at college, so I would usually stay at school on the weekends. It was also a smaller school. It didn’t have a huge student population. Being in a sorority gave me instant friends and helped make being away from family a little easier. The sorority also was like a family unit. The older girls watched out for us, made sure we studied and had good grades and helped us be women of good character.
|Me and Darlene at the Chi O Reunion|
wearing our jersey's
These girls in the sorority became sisters and to this day are still a part of my life. Darlene, who called me, is one of my close friends and a sorority sister.
Recently, some of my sorority sisters planned a reunion in Atlanta. I was overjoyed to see 65 of my sisters from Troy for the weekend. It was like being back at college. Some of these women I haven’t seen since college. Still, we were able to reconnect so easily. There is a special bond that is there no matter how many years go by.
I am hoping my girls are Chi O’s too one day, but I know sorority life may not be for everyone. I think that there are a lot of factors that go into pledging a sorority. Some sororities may be good at one campus and not so much at another. When my girls go to college, I hope they are open minded and if they do decide to join a sorority, I want them to choose the one that fits them best as a person. If they decide not to pledge a sorority, that’s ok too.
One thing I do know is that my girls won’t think going Greek is changing your nationality.