I have this weird fascination with Greek Life on my campus. I don’t know what it is about frats and sororities, but they intrigue me endlessly. I think it might have to do with the fact that they’re like formalized cliques, which I was always deeply interested me, but I really couldn’t tell you for sure.
Anyway, I think I might join one. I picked it out already, based on the girls I’ve observed wearing their letters, because I think they’re normal people. There are five major sororities on my camps (I’ll refer to them as A-E because I don’t want to get too specific). A is made up of the kinds of girls I used to think of when I heard the word “sorority” - they evoke images of twinsets and pearls and I wouldn’t get along with them at all. B is the sorority my roommate from last spring pledged, and they’re sort of wild, and while I like them, I don’t think I would really fit in with them at all. I don’t know that much about sorority C, except that they’re like a toned down version of B, from what I can tell. D was only founded recently so I know basically nothing about them. And then there’s E, which is the one that I want to get into - they’re a mix of a lot of different personality types, and the people I’ve seen who are a part of the organization are people who I could see myself being friends with, anyway.
I realize that sororities don’t exactly coexist very well with feminism, but another reason that I think I would be fine in the one I’m considering is that one of my coworkers belongs to it, and while she receives some gentle ribbing about her beliefs on occasion, she loves both and neither one conflicts with the other.
I just. I want friends. I feel like I fell into a narrow niche already, and it’s only first semester of my sophomore year. It’s what I dealt with in high school as well - I wound up in a rut I couldn’t branch out of. College was supposed to be different, and damn it if I’m not going to make sure it is.
But is it possible to be a part of feminism and sororities? Am I being insane? Or could I pull this off without sacrificing either activity?