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For those of you who chose not to go greek this fall that’s completely okay, it is not too late. In fact, I personally think it’s a good thing not to rush into greek life. I waited until my sophomore year at George Mason University. By the time I was a sophomore I had a year of college under my belt and knew what to expect from college life. I had met lots of amazing people including my roommates from freshman year. Kathleen and Ashley (my roommates) and yes we were in a forced triple and became best friends; it is possible so don’t lose hope! They are one of the main reasons I chose to rush. While I was away from school they both joined Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority. When I returned to school I could not help but see a change in them for the better. They were both so happy to be a part of Greek life and have amazing Bigs and sisters.

So by the time rush week rolled around I figured I would give it a shot, knowing that I was someone who never saw myself going Greek. In fact, my parents, family and friends back home were shocked when I told them I joined a sorority. Rush week is a crazy process that leaves everyone feeling confused and exhausted. However, the best part of rush week is that there is no down side. If you go out for rush and decide not to go Greek it is still a great way to meet other students. If you do decide to go Greek then you walk away from rush week with a bid in your hands and an amazing future of adventures and fun with sisters that will last a lifetime.

I know this might sound a bit cheesy, but honestly it is the truth. Sororities today are not what they are perceived to be in Hollywood with all the drama and hazing. I can honestly say that I was not hazed once during my new member period. I was able to meet a lot of awesome sisters and be a part of great Panhellenic events. One of the best aspects of Greek life is that it gets you involved in on-campus activities. Through Panhellenic there is always something fun and exciting going on.

If you are feeling as though all you do is study or that you have not met as many people as you want, GO OUT FOR RUSH! There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. Even though my sorority does not have a chapter at UNC, I have still met fellow Panhellenic members that are nice and show Panhellenic love.

I was very introverted before I went greek. Since joining Gamma Phi Beta not only am I more outspoken and self assured, but I also know that I have made sisters that will last a lifetime. (By the way, I am not just saying this because it sounds good.) I know from firsthand experience that these are girls you will keep in your life. I have transferred to UNC, some of my sisters have graduated and moved away,  but I can call any of them at anytime and they are there for me. It is nice to know I have that support system. College is such a stressful period, why not have a group of sisters that have your back and pick you up when you’re down?  

If you did not go Greek this past fall, don’t worry about it. If you feel like you are missing something in your college experience,  consider going out for rush in the spring or next fall. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. College is all about learning who you are and trying new things especially those outside your comfort zone. If you are on the fence — DO IT! I promise it is one of the best decisions I ever made.

My name is Lauren, I am a recent transfer student to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I previously attended George Mason University, where I was a member of PRSSA, Gamma Phi Beta International sorority, and Golden Key International Honour Society. I grew up in North Carolina, but spent a year in-between my freshman and sophomore year of college living in Bratislava, Slovakia with my family. During my time abroad I had an internship with The Slovak Atlantic Commission and was able to work in a multi-cultural work environment. I also traveled throughout Europe while I was living in Slovakia, some of my favorite places I visited are London, Cannes, Zurich, Budapest, and Krakow. My goal is to one-day work as an entertainment publicist, I attended the 66th Festival de Cannes with my Cannes Cinephiles Accreditation. While at Cannes I met many industry leaders and knew this was the career for me. I am also a student member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. I look forward to the new adventures that await me as a transfer student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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