Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Hilarious Story of my Sorority Initiation: Part 1

I had no idea what was in store for me when I left for college. My parent's really didn't know either as they had both come from England and had never been to college. I had only some exposure to college life from my extended family Aunt and Uncle. I hardly knew anything about joining a sorority or what was about to happen to me.

When I left for college I was eighteen, estranged from my mother and all of sudden living in a dorm room with roommates. I was nervous about being able to afford school books, passing my classes and so at the time joining a sorority was furthest from my mind.

Living down the dorm hall to me was Erin a football jock new to California from Southern Illinois. We seemed to hit it off right away after we met at freshman orientation. Erin found out that I had been a cheerleader and he was the footballer so it was a match in high school heaven. (I swear we had more in common.) He was a huge and funny guy that looked like he could rush a football field at any moment. I felt safe around him.

Together we went to some of the fraternity and sorority parties. I think that I told one person other then Erin that I went to high school in Newport Beach and the frat guys seemed very interested in me. The sorority girls encouraged me to Rush. I wasn't interested in rushing (interviewing at different sororities to be picked to join.) I thanked the ladies, but said that I might be interested in joining after I finished my first semester.

After Rush and the parties were over and girls had been picked, there was a late night knock on my dorm room door. My roommates told me that there were five girls wearing Alpha Phi sweatshirts asking to talk to me. I was so confused, so I went to the door and the girls told me that they were kidnapping me and taking me to their sorority house. Only some of the girls looked familiar to me.

I asked if they had made a mistake or maybe if they had the wrong person. Instead they said that they had 'heard" about me and then convinced me to come with them. We left my dorm room and passed my car. It had been covered in Alpha Phi symbols and chalk was written all around my car. 'OK,' I thought 'So they thought they had the right girl.'

I had only said a few words to some of these girls and yet they kept saying that they loved me. Loved me, my clothes, my hair, that I wanted to be child psychologist etc. I could do no wrong. It felt really nice to be accepted because I was new to school. I was also very curious about what it would be like to join a sorority. Would you have encouraged me to go with these girls? Tell me if you joined a fraternity or sorority in school?

14 comments:

Miss Anne said...

i did not. but in retrospect wish i would have.

:) tell us more!

Laura said...

Miss Anne: Tomorrow I promise.

Kyla said...

The college I went to didn't have any kind of greek system... they got one the year AFTER I came back home. Boo :/, I would have loved to join!

The Panic Room said...

I dropped out of college after a year of it. Well, it was Community College... but still :)

tanya said...

ahh i want to know more--can't wait for tomorrow's post!

Linda S. Socha said...

This just shows me ...you are definitely lovable AND have always been:>) Love this post Laura. Looking forward to the next
Hugs
Linda

Laura said...

The Panic Room: My brother says that he only went to a semester at community college to get the discount at the movies.

tanya: I'll try not to disappoint. Let me know if you like it.

Thanx Linda. You are WAY lovable as well.

Christian said...

I'd say you join! Your only 18 once. I thought I was too cool for the whole frat thing and regret not joining. But I did love the A+'s I got in class. Hmm.. A's or drink myself stupid every Thursday. Ahh.... I should have lived a little. lol.

June Saville said...

Laura
The whole college system in the States is a conundrum to me ... It will be interesting to see if it all turned out well ...
June in Oz

Laura said...

Christian: That is so great about your amazing grades. I think frats want guys to stay above C's. Rent Animal House and then you won't feel like you missed out :)

Hi June: I felt the same way. American colleges are about balancing your social life and Academia. Let me know what you think of today's post part 2. :)

Le laquet said...

Nope - totally different system here.

Debbie said...

I did, but have often thought I shouldn't have. Who can second guess, though?

Laura said...

Debbie: I know the grass does always seem greener on the other side.

Bon Don said...

I would have incouraged you to go with them... Awesome!