I’ll Always be a Sorority Girl

That’s right. In college I was a letter wearing, cheesy song singing, frat formal attending, full fledged sorority girl. Specifically, a Delta Gamma.

Now they say that membership is life-long, and I know this to be true. But tell me, how long is it appropriate to feel that this is a part of my identity? It’s so intertwined with my college experience (and every lesson I learned along the way) that it’s nearly impossible to determine the person I would be if I wasn’t a DG.

So as I’m pushing a quarter century, tell me:

How long can I keep rockin my favorite sorority t-shirts to the gym? Will I just start to look old as dirt at some point? (Oh god, this one says 2007. Was it really that long ago?)

When will I stop humming our songs in my head?

“we’re delta gamma women, we’re women of the night…we’re dirty rotten bitches….” WAIT, wrong song.

I meant…

“an anchor of friendship lies deep in the sea…”

Yeah, that’s it.

See? Good wholesome fun. Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite.

Is it every going to become inappropriate for me to compulsively buy anything with an anchor on it?
And then send a duplicate item to my bestie.
I think not.

Naughty schoolgirl theme. Perhaps not so wholesome.

For my job, have the pleasure of working with lots of collegiate sorority women. I attend conferences of all greek students and often work with greek professionals. As a result, I bring up my life as a sorority girl fairly often in the work place. It helps with bonding. Oh you were a Kappa? I lived with a Kappa for all of college! You’re a DG too? OMG ITB 4 LIFE.

It just comes out. You can’t help it.

Me with my grand little and little.

You say “my little” or “grand little” and no one questions it. They’re your sorority family. Whenever I think about my bestie (oh, do you know Kaylin? You should. She’s the very best.) I realize that without DG and my sorority experience, I wouldn’t have her. (What would my life even be like? I can’t picture it and I don’t want to.)

There are lots of things people think about sororities. I know I had a lot of preconceived notions before I was in one. But  long term, it’s done more for me than most decisions that I’ve made (I’ve landed at least 3 jobs through my sorority connections). It’s an instant connection and not just with DG’s, but with other sorority women as well. And for that, I’m always grateful.

Are you a sorority girl? Do you miss it? Is it still a part of you?

  • My school did not have Greek life. At the time I didn’t miss it, and I think that’s okay. With small Lutheran universities…. simply going is like being in a sorority. Haha. We always joke around that it’s a “small Lutheran world.” When I take the youth to the National Youth Gathering every 3 years they are amazed at how many of the 25,000 people there that I’m waving to or running across the room to give a hug. Because when you go to a Lutheran University, you instantly have a connection with people. So… it’s kinda like a sorority just by being a student. However, now that I’m out of college and I see the youth I work with graduate High School and go onto college, it’s been cool to see them join Sororities and such. I used to have a bad view of them, but that’s changed a lot.

  • Don’t tell me 2007 is old! The one I wore last night said 2003…lordy I’m old 🙁

  • Ahh… I wasn’t a sorority girl because I went straight from high school to do a couple of years of voluntary work, and then straight into working in Finance and training alongside it. I have to say that I miss the bond girls seem to make at uni with other girls – I don’t have many solid girl friendships as an adult, and those people I do hold dear all have these wonderful groups of girls with whom they shared 3 years of fun and frolics at university/college. This post made me feel a little mournful for the amazing friendships I have missed out on, but I’m pretty thankful not to have any of the debt that comes with college 🙂

  • I was just thinking about this recently. My chapter is celebrating 10 years in May (they were only 2 years in when I joined!)and I’m SO incredibly excited. I’ll always be a sorority girl. I wear the red, buff and green with pride, get happy every time I see a squirrel and love my letters, Alpha Gamma Delta. My boyfriend doesn’t get it. He picked his college based on the fact that they didn’t have greek life and when he first found out I was in a sorority he was less than thrilled. I think he has a better understanding now, but it is so hard to really know what greek life means if you’re not in it. And it mostly means sitting around singing dirty songs at retreat, right? joookes…

  • I still wear my shirts and I’m past my quarter century, so no worries! You get so freaking many in 4 years, it’s hard not to wear them!

  • s.K

    Alpha Chi Til I Die, is just a little saying my sisters and I have, so I say keep rocking those shirts! Some of the best ladies I have meet in life are die hard greeks and they are 60+ and still involved in greek life/bffs with their sisters. Plus, I shamelessly used my greek status to my benefit. For example, I would have to take the kid I babysat during law school to his baseball games/practices, the moms at baseball were super cliquey (read: icy) and as soon as one of them found out I was greek and another found out I was an Alpha Chi, like her, instant friendship.

  • yes i am and yes i do! i was a phi mu at UGA so i completely understand. i don’t think i’ll ever stop wearing my t shirts 🙂 just found your blog and i love it!

    -Emma
    chasingtexas.blogspot.com

  • Definitely will always be a sorority girl! I miss it so much!

  • Just found your blog! Love this post. I was a Kappa and buy anything with an owl a key or a fleur de lis!

  • Phi Sigma Sigma right here. Ok. Another reason you rock.

  • I’m an Alpha Gam 🙂 And I have a squirrel collection, not just a trinket here or there.

  • i just found your blog through lisette. i wasn’t in a national sorority, but i was in a local one. we were small and did not have the big support of a national behind us, but we had all the drama. ha ha! i have known some of the girls for 18 years (yes, when you still wear shirts that say 1995, you are OLD!), and they are the best friends i could ask for. our bond is unbreakable. they are my family. i will always consider myself to be greek (even though some people don’t think i’m greek because i was only in a local), and will forever love my sisters. even though i am old, i still rock my shirts from the 90s. go for it girl! sig lambs rock! 🙂

    kimberly
    http://www.kimberlydyan76.blogspot.com

  • Once you’re a sister I don’t think you can ever not be one. (I’m a Gamma Phi.) I’m constantly combating negative stereotypes about sorority girls in England. Sometimes a girl just wants to wear an even shirt to the grocery store. xx

  • I was really hoping to click this link and find out that you were a Pi Phi. Sad face.

  • We didn’t have greek life at my school but it looks like it was a blast!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Besides the fact that I still wear my Alpha Phi shirts to the gym, I know that it’ll always be a part of me – no matter how old I get 🙂 College may end, but sisterhood never does. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when I wear philanthropy t-shirts from 2008 out in public…

  • I love this post. It is so absolutely true. And I will probably wear all of my tshirts until they are unwearable. Fortunately, our symbol was a lyre which isn’t very common, but when I do see one I have to buy it.

  • I just came across this post! I’m a Tri-Delt and I’m currently going into my junior year of college (and moving into my sorority house in 2 days…eeek!). I loved your opening line, “I was a letter wearing, cheesy song singing, frat formal attending, full fledged sorority girl,” because I can definitely identify with that. While I am so much more than that, this is still a line that describes me.

    Being a Tri-Delt has definitely helped shape my college experience and all the lessons I’ve learned thus far. It makes me so happy to hear that sisterhood never really does end. Once I graduate I will probably still wear my shirts until I can’t anymore (I’ve thought about getting one of those sorority quilts made out of my old t-shirts, but the thought makes me cringe).

    As I end college I’m really seeing the value of our Alumni network. Also, you’re totally right that being in a sorority has definitely bonded me with other women (Tri-Delt or not).

    Thanks for this post!

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  • I’m a theta phi and I love it soooo much. I never understood greek life until I became a part of it and can’t imagine my life without it! Wear your shirts proud! 🙂

  • i totally agree with everything in this post! i too am a dg. best. thing. ever. go george banta.

  • Congratulations on your daughter’s enneagmegt Amy! What an exciting time! I love your reminder that it’s not about you . It’s SO easy to forget that. We all love to share our ideas, talk about what we’re doing and have our accomplishments acknowledge. But that’s not why people are interested in what we have to say. And if that’s ALL we focus on, they will quickly lose interest. Thanks for sharing these points!By the way, I really appreciate that my Mom let me plan 80% of my wedding my way. So kudos to you for letting your daughter man the ship . She’ll be so grateful and you’ll both have much more fun.

  • Nicole

    I just stumbled across your blog and I immediately said “OMG A DG!” out loud after I read this post! Haha! I’m a Delta Gamma as well – I was actually just initiated this semester. I love being a part of the Delta Gamma sisterhood and I’m so glad I chose to join. It’s only been a couple months, but I feel like my life would be so different without it.

    And the really cool thing is meeting other women that without DG you wouldn’t have that instantaneous special bond with. I’m going to Europe this summer and I definitely plan on wearing my letters everywhere in the hopes of running into another DG! I can’t wait. 🙂

    Anyway, I’m glad I found your blog and can’t wait to get to know you better. I haven’t blogged, or read blogs in quite some time now, so maybe reading through yours will give me the kick I need to get back into the blog world!

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