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Sorority Life

This weekend was great - I went back to my days in college.  All the chapters of my sorority in SC gathered to celebrate Saturday - this is an annual event which allows the young and the old to gather and show our love for our greek life experience.  The collegiate and alumnae chapters received awards for various items, such as programs & community service as well as recognized special members from each chapter for their hard work.

Now, there may be some nay-sayers who don't understand what greek life is all about.  Trust me, I was once one of them before joining my freshman year of college.  I met and became sisters with many wonderful women - I'm not saying we all loved each other and were BFFs, but for the most part everyone liked put up with eachother.  I know that my college experience would not have been near the same had I not joined a sorority - actually, its a womens fraternity, but I'll say sorority to keep it simple (Sorority = social organization; Fraternity = service organization).

A sorority does not mean you are buying your friends, its not being hazed, its not being told who you can and can't be friends with, it does not mean you're rich, it does not mean you're better than everyone else.  It means that you have a group of people with similar interests that you can rely on, it means sisterhood, it means giving back to your community, it means putting other's needs first, it means you are never alone.

So, Saturday took me back to my collegiate days of chanting and cheering.  The young, the old, the collegiate, the alumnae all joined in to sing and show our pride.  There were girls present that had received a bid just the day before and there was also a women celebrating 50 years of sisterhood - how amazing that someone stays so active in an organization for so long. That is my aspiration - to celebrate 50 years of sisterhood, to be a part of such an amazing organization, to support such a wonderful cause (breast cancer research) and make an impact in our little sorority world.

I can just imagine what collegiates think to see someone celebrating 50 years - crazy to say, this coming December will be 10 years for me! I'm a fifth of the way there!  The kids in college think I'm old at 27 - heck, I say life is just beginning!

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