I want to thank Sheena Leano for writing an article about the history of Greek life at Knox in last week’s edition of TKS. We all know Knox is steeped in rich tradition, but sometimes we forget that the Greek chapters here are, too. In addition to becoming a stronger and more confident person through participating in Greek life, I really enjoy being a part of the history and tradition of my organization and Greek life as a whole.
Greek life has always been a vital part of college life, way back to the 1800s. I am the fourth in my family to go to Knox, and I am also the fourth to be involved in Greek life at Knox. My grandfather and great-uncle were members of Phi Delta Theta at Knox, and my uncle was a member of Beta Theta Pi. This never seemed like a big deal to me, until I realized the fascinating dimension that an organization’s history, as well as one’s personal history, play into the sorority experience. You have something to contribute to your organization, just as your organization will give back to you; the common bonds found in the values and traditions of sorority life link college women across generations.
You won’t find the air-headed blonde sorority girls that you see on TV here. Instead, you’ll find campus leaders who have built a community on empowering women to reach their highest potentials. You’ll find sisters who come from all around the world, who have become best friends with women they wouldn’t have otherwise met. You’ll discover women passionate about making a difference through their organization’s philanthropies.
I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t have an easy first term at Knox. It was hard to transition into small school life, establish a personal niche, as well as make friends and develop academically. I found a way to fix all of those things, though, by returning to Knox in the winter and participating in sorority recruitment. After my first term as a Greek member here, it transformed my entire relationship with Knox. I loved the support system I was a part of through sisterhood. Greek life gave me a connection to something bigger than myself and inspired me to be the best version of myself I could be.
I don’t know how many times I have heard Knox sorority women describe how they never had even considered Greek life as an option or were even anti-Greek before going through recruitment and joining an organization. That discussion is very common here. This seems to be a uniting thread among the Greek women here, which is what makes us different from stereotypical sorority members. And yet, even though we all couldn’t imagine ourselves in a sorority originally, I know I couldn’t imagine my college life without my sisters. I never thought when I was in high school that I would one day be urging my fellow students to consider Greek life in college, and now I find it hard to contain my passion for sorority life in this letter.
If you have even a spark of interest in exploring Greek life options here at Knox, I encourage you to come out to Formal Recruitment in the winter. You owe it to yourself to try recruitment, even if you’ve never considered Greek life: it is free, and non-binding, so if you feel it is not for you, there are no penalties. But you never know, for some of you who least expect it, being in a sorority could completely transform your college experience; that’s exactly what happened to me.
Class of 2014