More than a Stereotype

Alpha Phi Girls; University of Oklahoma.
Alpha Phi Girls; University of Oklahoma.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you picture a girl in a sorority?

I know for most people things like: fake, shallow, ditzy, ignorant, materialistic, brat, spoiled, etc. comes to mind. They picture a perfect Victoria’s Secret Angel at college only there to party.

I am so much more than what you think a sorority girl really is and so are the thousands of other girls who I call my sisters.

We are intelligent, compassionate, kind, generous, inquisitive, bold, passionate, and so much more.

We are doctors, lawyers, teachers, writers, actors, singers, producers, anchors, politicians, fashion designers, wives, mothers, and so much more.

We are members of an organization that is so much bigger than ourselves. It is an organization where service, sisterhood, and scholarship are so important. We realize the importance of helping others in our community and the world, we cherish the bonds we make with the girls around us, and we make our education a priority.

Last year my chapter formed a team for our campus wide philanthropy event that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network. We raised the most money out of all the different groups on campus. We know the significance of giving back to the community.

It is so easy to feel alone at a big university, but being apart of a sorority brings you a group of girls that will have your back no matter what. They are the only ones that will answer the phone at three in the morning when you need help. They are the girls that I have formed life long bonds with. Sisterhood is so important to us and we take it very seriously.

We are in a sorority because we came to a university to advance our education. We take pride in our high standards of grades and excellence.

I am so honored to be a woman in a sorority. I am proud of who we are and what we stand for.

Think of powerful women like Sophia Bush, Vanessa Williams, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Carrie Underwood, and Katie Couric. Would you be surprised to know that these women were apart of various sororities? Believe it because it is true.

So now when you think of a woman in a sorority think of us as strong, powerful women who strive to make a difference in this world. We are so much more than a stereotype.




My home away from home

College is a completely new experience for me. I’m just a little freshman who had never spent a day away from my mom till now. I was born and raised in Broken Arrow and I never really strayed from home. It has definitely been a tough adjustment for me, but I am so lucky to have found a home here in Norman.

I was so scared to go through recruitment, but I am so glad I did because Alpha Phi became my new home. I am going to be honest, it was not love at first sight; however, after philanthropy day, I knew Alpha Phi was where I belonged. Nothing brings you closer to a group of girls than really seeing their hearts and how much serving meant to them. Serving others is just something that makes my heart happy, so in that moment I knew.

Alpha Phi has brought me a sisterhood that I could not survive college without. I have met so many incredible girls that I probably would never know if I was not apart of this sisterhood. I am apart of something that is so much bigger than myself.

Being apart of Alpha Phi brought me a pledge class of one hundred and two beautiful ladies. I have one hundred and two new sisters that will have my back (and that is not even counting the other two hundred sophomore, junior, and senior girls).

Another blessing that Alpha Phi gave me was a big. Having a big is pretty much having an honorary big sister that is stuck with you forever. It is a great feeling to know that you have a big sister that is there for you no matter what. I have always been the big sister, so it is great having an older girl that is there to look out for me and to just make me feel loved.

Tonight is initiation and that means that I will officially be an Alpha Phi for forever and always. I am beyond excited to officially be a member of this incredible sisterhood. Thank you Alpha Phi for being my home away from home.