As you may well know by now, in university I joined a sorority, and it honestly, made my university experience.
Now I realize there are a lot of people who are skeptical about sororities (the first person on that skeptical list would have to be my own biological sister), but I'm here to set the record straight.
Here's a little story for you, on how and why I joined my sorority.
High school Paige was Little Miss Involvement. I was a senior prefect, on a sports team every season, managed the sports teams, was an executive on the Athletic Council, participated in the schools trips abroad and mission trips, as well I racked up 350 philanthropy hours in 4 years.
When I started at university, I desperately wanted to be involved with the school, and gather the same group of motivated friends. But alas, I had roommates who were not interested in joining anything, and I didn't have the backbone to go out and join something alone. On top of that, there wasn't anything that overly interested me of the clubs that were available, and I wasn't confident that I was a sports superstar who was going to be good enough to make a varsity team.
As you could imagine, my first year of university wasn't anything spectacular. I made friends in my residence and in my program, and spent a lot of time watching the Real Housewives between classes.
One day while walking to class, I saw a girl wearing greek letters on a hoodie, and was filled with excitement. I knew what sororities were. I knew they held a major presence in university life in the US, but I had never thought a sorority would be an option for me in Canada. Honestly, before that day, joining a sorority had never crossed my mind as a possible reality.
As I thought about it, a sorority seemed perfect. No extreme athletic requirement like the varsity teams, and no need for an interest in one specific topic like the clubs on camps, (chess club, or anime club? No thank you.) A sorority to me was girls with good values who liked to help the community however they could, while making amazing friendships, and having a great time together. Now that was my kind of organization. At the time a sorority to me meant involvement, something I wanted very badly but couldn't figure out how to do.
Now in present day, I can tell you that my decision to join was one of the best decisions I ever made. Was rush week a little bit overwhelming and scary? Yes. But nothing great will ever come out of hanging within your comfort zone.
I talk with my sisters constantly now, and I've heard all their varied stories on how they came to join the sisterhood. Each one of them has a unique story, and some benefit they were looking to get out of joining. Though our paths were different, and what we were hoping for in the sorority was too, the sorority has been able to satisfy every one of us.
What's the worst that can happen? You'll spend 3 hours at a rush event with some girls from your school, and decide its not your thing.
What's the best that can happen? You meet your best friends, constantly have events to go to or people to hang out with on any random Tuesday, get access to free tutors (one of your 60 sisters is bound to have taken that class you just registered for), get leadership experience, pack your resume so full of philanthropy experience it could burst, and have 60 couches with your name on it when homecoming rolls around as a graduated student. That isn't even an exhaustive list. It could go on a lot longer! Hopefully you get my point though.
If you're thinking about rushing, I'm telling you without a doubt; just do it.
To know if your Canadian school has a Greek Life presence, check out this Wikipedia page. It seems to have a fairly extensive list.