7 Reasons Being in a Sorority was an Investment

As thousands of women around the country are going through sorority recruitment right now, I was reflecting on my own time as a collegian sorority woman. I’m glad I joined a sorority. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that joining a sorority was single-handedly the best choice I made in college and one of the best choices I’ve made in my life.

Now that might sound a little extreme. Some of you may even think that all I did was pay for my friends (insert dramatic eye roll here). It’s more than that. So much more. Sure, it’s where I found my best friend. It allowed me to have a ton of great college experiences. But did the benefits of joining a sorority continue after college? Yes. Absolutely.

7 Reasons Being In A Sorority Was An Investment

1. Being in a sorority has gotten me 5 jobs, including both of the jobs I’ve had since college. My connections through my sorority sisters got me a job in the Press Office for the Governor of California, a lucrative nannying job, a waitressing job, and being in a sorority helped me get both of my “grown up” jobs since graduation including my current position at a childhood cancer non-profit. My sorority dues have paid for themselves many many times over with the skills and money I’ve earned from jobs I got by being a sorority woman.

2. I have access to a huge network of women nationwide. I meet Delta Gamma’s all over. They’re working for companies all across America. I would not feel at all weird reaching out to a fellow Delta Gamma on LinkedIn or Facebook and asking about their company or requesting an informational interview.

3. Event planning and risk management skill development. I can plan an event from start to finish and make sure no one dies in the process (or at least make sure that we don’t get sued if they do). Okay, that’s a little extreme. But still, a little true.

4. I got plenty of practice being the interviewee and the interviewer. During sorority recruitment, I was essentially interviewed by hundreds of women. In the following years as an initiate, I interviewed hundreds of women. Sorority recruitment does wonders for interview and conversational skills. I can talk to anyone. Seriously. For any amount of time. Because that’s what you learn when bump groups fail and you’re stuck with someone awkward for an entire round.

5. Recruitment prep (i.e. stalking potential new members online) helped turn me in to the internet researcher I am today. I’ve heard other sororities don’t do this but we certainly did. We stalked PNM’s online before recruitment. We knew where they were from, what they liked, if they had a boyfriend, and what friends they were going through recruitment with. Sure, it sounds crazy but now I can find anything out online. Go ahead and add “internet research specialist” to the resume.

6. Job skills. As Vice President of Foundation (philanthropy) for my own sorority, I had job training that has helped me to be successful after college. Think about this: the VP Finance of a sorority chapter is often responsible for a budget of over $1 million. Not too shabby on a resume. Sorority positions are essentially internships.

7. I learned my limits. The first (and only) time I threw up on the bus on the way to sorority formal, I was put in my place. I was held accountable for my actions because my actions reflected on a larger whole. As an adult, you’re held accountable for your actions. Sorority life taught me this well before I would have learned it on my own.

And in case that hasn’t convinced you, here are some statistics about greek membership (source):

  • Since 1910, 85% of the Supreme Court Justices have been fraternity or sorority members.
  • 85% of the Fortune 500 key executives are fraternity or sorority members.
  • Of the nation’s 50 largest corporations, 43 are headed by fraternity or sorority members.
  • 70% of the U.S. Presidents’ cabinet members since 1900 have been fraternity or sorority members.
  • 76% of U.S. Senators are fraternity or sorority members.

Who run the world? [Sorority] GIRLS.

  • Ola

    As someone who studied in both Poland and the UK, where I now live, I have a pretty decent understand of how things work at uni in those two countries, but I realised, after reading your blog post, that I actually have no idea what US sororities do and why it seems to be such a massive part of American university culture. I understand it’s a sort of student society, but how does it work, and why do you feel such connection with other people from the same sorority who may have graduated years before you? Sorority for Dummies, anyone? 🙂

    • I love these questions! Sometimes I forget how very American my experiences have been.

      Sororities and fraternities have been around for about 200 years, give or take. Difference sororities and fraternities were started at different times. My own sorority was founded about 140 years ago.

      On our college campus (also your comment made me wonder why we call it college and you call it uni) we had 9 sororities. My campus was about 25,000 people which can be really overwhelming. For me, joining a sorority made campus smaller. It took this big, overwhelming thing, and gave me a group of about 100 girls to be social with.

      Basically we are a group of women who share the same ideals. Here is the mission statement of my sorority, so you get the idea of what we were founded upon and are supposed to be about: “Delta Gamma offers to women of all ages a rich heritage based on principles of personal integrity, personal responsibility and intellectual honesty. Its primary purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship, promote educational and cultural interests, create a true sense of social responsibility, and develop the finest qualities of character.”

      While that sounds lovely, and some of it is true, we did do a lot of drinking and partying together. A big part of why I joined a sorority was so that I would have social events planned for me. We had mixers with fraternities (a party with just one sorority and one fraternity) and it was a whole lot of fun. I now realize that I got SO much more out of it than I ever thought I would. At the time it was mostly about my social life and fun times.

      Because there are Delta Gamma chapters at universities all across the country, there are DG’s nationwide who know the same rituals that I do from sorority meetings and had similar college experiences. It bonds you to other women.

      • Ola

        Oh I SEE, I didn’t realise that you could have “branches” on one sorority across many universities/colleges, I thought it was more local than that, ie. a particular sorority/fraternity would only exist in the specific university where it was founded. It makes much more sense now! I guess it’s a bit like meeting someone randomly and finding out that you’ve both worked for the same company – just way better 😉
        Sounds like a great experience.

        I went to a small university of around 6000 students, and about 100 on my course, and it was still overwhelming at times, so I can only imagine how helpful being in a sorority would be for meeting people if it was as big as yours.

        As for college v university, I still get a bit confused about it, some people in the UK call universities “college” too, which might be influenced by America, but I’m sure there is some very specific distinction I just don’t know about. It’s confusing at times, being a foreigner, even now after 7 years of living in London!

      • Ola

        Also, can I just add that I LOVE posts about uni life. It’s such a great, if strange, time, university; you spend years looking forward to it (reading campus novels at 10 – anyone? No? Just me?), then spend the rest of your life reminiscing about it. Not that the present isn’t good, but you know what I mean!

  • This makes me wish we had sororities in the UK, sounds like a great way to make fabulous friends, feel like you’re part of something and really boost your skills before you get thrown out into the big wide world. I wish I’d had this opportunity at my university in England! xxx

    • We have one Delta Gamma chapter in Canada so maybe some sorority will make the leap across the pond someday and set up a chapter at a European university!

  • I completely agree with this entire post- and I was a Delta Gamma as well! I love your comment about internet research- we did the same thing with PNMs, and even put together a slideshow with their pictures and information to view during recruitment prep.

    • We did the same thing! It was such a big deal putting that powerpoint together to be able to know the names and interests of PNM’s before we ever met them. Super stalkerish but super helpful.

      Also, ITB!

      Delta….Delta Gamma…I’m so happy….that I am a…..

  • I love this. I feel like there is such a terribel stereotype around sororities. And while some of them are true, I learned so much from being in a house and made my closest aand life long friends!

    • OH definitely. And some of those stereotypes are a little true. Did we drink too much? Yes. Did we value our social lives too much? Yes. But the positives soooo outweighed the negatives.

  • I love this. I feel like there is such a terrible stereotype around sororities. And while some of them are true, I learned so much from being in a house and made my closest and life long friends!

  • I love this. I feel like there is such a terrible stereotype around sororities. And while some of them are true, I learned so much from being in a house and made my closest and life long friends!

  • Ummmm, every sorority stalks their PNMs. We just had to be creative to not mention that in our conversations. I actually met a PNM who went to the same high school as me (we genuinely did not know each other in high school). So we arranged our order to pick girls up at the door in order for me to talk to her. It was so awkward because I had to direct our convo to let her realize that we were form the same town.

    • We did similar things. We would know in advance who we were being paired up with to talk but we would make it look like it wasn’t intentional. It sounds silly but I do think the stalking is important. You need to know what type of women you are recruiting and whatever their history is, it is becoming a part of the sorority history and reputation.

  • I love love love this – it’s all so true. I was a charter member of my chapter, and it definitely taught me so much. Sorority girls definitely run the world!

  • I completely adore this post and agree with everything you said. Also any sorority that says they don’t stalk pnms online during recruitment is LYING!

    • I’m glad to hear so many other chapters do this. It is creepy but we all do it.

  • LOVE this post. I agree with you that joining a sorority was one of the best decisions I made during my college career. I learned lots of valuable life lessons as you did… It also helped me learn to budget my time better. Being in a sorority can definitely help prepare you for real life. I love my sorority so much (Chi Omega) that I am actually President of the Philly Alum chapter, an advisor to the chapter of Chi O @ Villanova & recently attended their Firesides Convention at National Headquarters. To this day being in a sorority continues to help me in life. Plus it doesn’t hurt that some of my best friends in the entire world are girls I met through Chi O.

  • Love this, it’s all so true! I feel like you also learn how to deal with many different types of people through a sorority. My chapter is made up of so many different girls, which is one of the things I love about it!

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  • I was in a sorority too, and it honestly changed my life. I really found myself by holding various committee and board positions while an active member, I don’t see as much benefit from networking because I live in Canada (Phi Sigma Sigma has two Canadian chapters), but I have found it easy to “bond” with women from ANY sorority by having that much in common. 🙂

  • YES to all of this. obviously.

    My school did everything possible so that we couldn’t stalk pnms like all social media accounts had to be shut down at a certain point in the summer (we have fall recruitment) or not being allowed to attend any parties / big events in town. And all Rho Gams went to the events and parties and fined us if we showed up. ridiculous.

    Anyway, I love this post, Nadine!

  • This was a really interesting post! Sororities are (nearly) non-existent in Canada, so I didn’t experience one, but I think it sounds like a great experience!

  • Love this post! Amen to all of it! It was such a wonderful experience, I think I got more out of college because of it and I was more prepared for life after college. <3

  • Yes to every single point. And obviously now I could make small talk with a wall my skills have been honed so much through recruitment. x

  • Samantha

    I love this! I used to hate when people would say I paid for my friends. And I never thought I would rush and then found one I loved and it was a great decision. I don’t keep in contact with many of my sisters but I know they would be there in a heartbeat if I needed them!

  • My sister is also a Delta Gamma, she absolutely loves it. It’s great to know it will help her in the long run after college. I’ll have to share this link with her!

  • Totally agree with all of those points. Joining my sorority was the best thing I did in college.

  • This was such an amazing post to read! I’m currently a junior in college and living in my sorority house. It is SO encouraging to hear that the benefits and connections of sorority life will continue after college (everyone says that, but at this time it’s hard to imagine life after college). I absolutely cannot stand when people get on their “you paid for your friends” soapbox. You can’t argue with them because they simply don’t get it. Being in a sorority is so much more, but they’ll never understand because they just aren’t apart of it. It’s infuriating and I’ve simply gotten to the point where I won’t argue it anymore.

    I’m sort of reserved, but joining a sorority really opened me up to new kinds of people I would’ve never otherwise associated with in college and it’s been amazing. I do feel like my interview skills are much stronger and so is my internet researching. Haha. Sorority life has also improved my dedication and exposed me to all sorts of volunteer/service opportunities I would’ve never otherwise had access to or decided to partake in.

    Thank you for this post. So far, being a sorority has definitely been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my college career. I can’t imagine what my experience would’ve been otherwise.

  • Laura

    Love this post! I agree that joining a sorority was one of the best, if not the best, decision I made in college. It changed my life so much and provided me with girls that are my best friends to this day, 7 years post-graduation. We paired sisters up with PNMs based on similiar interests or high school activities, hometowns/states, etc too. It made rush conversations a lot easier most of the time.. although I remember failing bump groups and being stuck with some girls who you completely had to force a conversation with! It really does help your social skills in every situation though!

    I was an Alpha Phi but DG was the other sorority I preffed! 🙂

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  • That’s actually all really cool! I’m thinking about joining a sorority when (and if I ever) transfer out of junior college (jk I should be transferring Spring of 2015 or fall of that year)

  • Being in a sorority isn’t something I so wanted to do, but I didn’t up going to undergrad until I was 24 (prior to that I had been at 2 year colleges). It’s one of those experiences I felt so bad to miss out on just because statistics don’t lie.


  • Megan G.

    Holla to all the sorority/fraternity/GREEKS out there! I have made some of the best friends in a sorority, but we also learned so many marketable skills! I’ve only had two job interviews but I still talk about my sorority and how it prepared me for the business world! Love this post. <3

  • Hardcore love this and couldn’t agree more!!!

  • Everytime I come across a sororities post makes me a bit envious. We don’t have sororities/fraternities in Canadian universities and it’s probably because all of our university campuses don’t have a big house dedicated to a sorority. The only houses that are on campus are student dorms, usually consisting of international students. But.. at least we have a bunch of clubs to socialize in… 😛

  • Bri

    This is a great post. I was also in a sorority and it was the best decision I made. I can totally relate to all your points!

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  • Christine

    Were you a DG at Davis? I recognize a familiar face in here!

  • Cheers to you for educating readers about the positives of being in a sorority. Another thing I learned that helped me later in life was “deadlines” and “Paperwork”. My sorority was always number 1 at the end of the year during the Greek Council awards and it was because we were drilled to learn how to do paperwork right and get it in on time. A great life lesson.

  • I’m so jealous of sorority experiences like yours. Mine was anything but 🙁

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