Isabel Corella graduated from Hofstra University this past spring with a B.A. in Anthropology and Fine Arts. She was an active member of her sorority Alpha Theta Beta, Panhellenic Council and was president of the Anthropology Club during her time at Hofstra. She is currently interning at an art gallery in New York City and hopes to be going to graduate school next fall for an M.A. in Museum Studies. During her spare time she likes to draw, craft and binge watch her favorite shows on Netflix.
If you were to ask me three years ago if I would join a sorority, I would have laughed and told you no way no how. If you were to ask me to go to through recruitment rounds and talk to a bunch of girls I didn’t know I would turn you down in a heart beat, but little did I know my life was about to change forever.
Sophomore year was about the time I first started living on campus (freshmen year I commuted and the commute was just too far from home, but that’s another story) and I told myself this was my opportunity to really get involved on campus, but what to join? From sports clubs to cultural clubs, I felt like a little fish in a big pond that didn’t know what direction to swim in. Unable to find my niche, I grew weary that I wouldn’t find my place on campus and out of the blue this girl I made friends with freshman year messages me and asks me if I wanted to come her sororities rush events. Like I previously said I was not gun-ho about sororities, I associated sorority life with just having one group of friends and being told who to be, what to do and every other stereotype I learned from the movies. So naturally I was skeptical, I had almost declined her invitation but A. it was a perfect opportunity to actually see if the movies had it right and B. I still wasn’t involved on campus and I didn’t want to be rude to my friend so I told her “sure why not” and as they say “the rest is history,” I ended up becoming a member of that sorority and it was the best decision I ever made.
Joining my sorority wasn’t what I was expecting; it exceeded my expectations of what joining an organization on campus would be like. I didn’t just join a sorority I joined a community, a community of people just like me looking to make a difference, to make life long friends and learn how to be leaders. I benefited from my outside-the-box decision because it helped shape the person I am today; I went from being a shy and quiet person to an out spoken and confident person. I am happy that I have a group of girls I can call my sisters and what I’m most happy about is that I can honestly say that they’ve never tried to change who I am. From active sisters to alumnae we keep close ties with each other and whether we graduated from school last year or 30 years ago sisterhood is never ending. As I graduated this past May my alumnae sisters have made sure to keep in contact with me, help me build my resume and make sure that I’m having a smooth transition from undergrad life to the real world.
So if you’re finding yourself in a situation like I was and can’t decide whether or not Greek life is for you, I say to you give it a try, go to those rush and recruitment events because chances are you’ll find more than what you expected. You’ll find your home away from home.