A few weeks ago, I spent a weekend with a group of girls I have known since college. Most I had not seen in years, and a few I had never even met before, but within mere moments were we laughing and sharing stories like no time had passed. Suddenly we were all college age again, swapping clothes and doing each others hair and make-up. Within those three days we laughed, cried, and talked enough to hold us until our next trip, which we planned that weekend. You see, family is eternal and irreplaceable, but Sisterhood is strength.
There is a popular shirt I always see on college campuses claiming, “Rent a Friend- Be Greek” and there was a time I not only agreed, but I would have worn the shirt. However, fall of 1999, I agreed to go to an Ice Cream Social with a suitemate because, truthfully, I just wanted ice cream.
Riding up to my suitemate’s sorority floor, I was only nervous because I knew I was about into a room full of people I didn’t know; I never guessed I was being informally interviewed as a potential pledge. Strangely enough, my nerves dissipated as soon as I walked into the room because I was greeted and treated by everyone as though I had known them my entire life. Not only did I get my ice cream sundae, I actually made friends. These girls were NOT what I expected; they were smart, funny, a little goofy, and each was her own person-there were no carbon copies. Every shape, size, color, and type of girl was represented in that room and I not only had fun, I felt completely accepted by sixty-five girls I had never met before.
Two days later I was invited back, but not just to hang out-they wanted me to officially join them as a sister. I won’t say it was an easy decision because it definitely was not. However, I will tell you it was the best decision I ever made…I am proud to be Greek!
I did not just “Rent a Friend” during college, I gained sisters and a support system for life. When my marriage suddenly imploded last year, my sisters banded together to offer wisdom, advice, help, support, and a kick-ass divorce lawyer. I am able to reach out to any woman in my sorority, even those I did not go to college with, because we have a bond, even if we have never met. Need a vacation house? A roommate? A couch to sleep on during a trip? Job information in a new city? A shoulder? Anything I need, I have a sister to supply it because we are everywhere-seriously, Kappa Alpha Theta is international.