Friday, February 27, 2009

The Hilarious Story of my Sorority Initiation: Part 2

I had just been kidnapped by five sorority girls and taken to their Alpha Phi sorority house. The women were telling me about belonging to their sisterhood sorority and how great it is to do philanthropy work for their community. I was eighteen, alone, had only one friend and before me were fifty women encouraging me to join them. And at only sixty dollars a month, I too could have access to all of the friends in the Greek community. So I thought about it and then asked myself 'Who needs school books, food or clothes? I had friends.' And then I signed on the Alpha Phi dotted line.

To become apart of Alpha Phi, I committed to paying their monthly dues, attend weekly meetings, keep my grades up, I agreed to wear a pledge pin over my heart for a semester until I was initiated and I needed to learn and be tested on the history of the founding father's of the sorority. There were also some unspoken rules like you couldn't date another sister's guy. But that should be a given right? Well, I quickly learned not always a given for everyone.

There were some unspoken rules too. I would get hazed, but couldn't tell anyone about it, I needed to attend a certain amount of fraternity parties and I had to keep the handshake and knock a secret. (I will carry this to my grave :))

I also became a little sister to a big sister already in the sorority. My big sister looked out for me, helped me study throughout pledging, gave me a sorority nickname and would introduce me at initiation.

After a semester of doing all of this, it was time for me to be initiated. Our initiation was held at a fellow sister's family home. I invited my family to initiation. My father, step-mother, my aunt and uncle and my brother all came. I was so excited to introduce them to my new friends and college life.

During the ceremony our big sister would introduce us to our seated family and friends, hand us a red rose and then take off our pledge pin. The Alpha Phi little sisters wore white dresses and big sisters wore black. Please remember that I was still under the 'I love you Alpha Phi' spell when I noticed that my family was starting to snicker. I waved at them and they tried to hold back their laughter. 'Oh no,' I thought 'I was in trouble.' One by one little and big sisters would go up to get initiated. My family seemed to loose it more and more.

The spell was truly broken when a petite girl went up to introduce her little sister. She opened her mouth to say nice things about her little sister, but the voice that came out of her was the voice of Tweety Bird. My family lost it. I think my brother and uncle fell off of their chair and my father was laughing so hard that he had tears rolling down his face.

After the ceremony was over, I introduced my family to my new friends. Everyone kept saying yes we know who your family is and 'ah yes' with looks of disapproval on their face. I had regained my sanity and depledged a semester later. Ah good times had by all.

14 comments:

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

My family would have been exactly like your family. And if my daughter ever pledged, her dad and brother would behave just like that too...

Laura said...

PHST: It's a great story after the fact and I am so glad that there aren't any pictures!

Uncle said...

Ahhhh... the good old days. I thought we were laughing with them! ;) Great story!

Miss Anne said...

I would have died laughing along with them... i can't not laugh when my family is all dying of laughter themselves!

ha~

Laura said...

Uncle J: I am pretty sure AT them. Thanx for stopping by :)

Miss Anne: It was so hard to keep a straight face. Have a good weekend!

Le laquet said...

Oh thank goodness - because it all seems so bizarre to me! And the link to the gifts website!!!!! LMAO!

Laura said...

Le laquet: I am so glad that you hung in there for the punchline. I hope it was worth it :)

Christian said...

Good for you. I'm not sure what Univeristy you attened but in UC Berkeley, some were more conservative (and I mean some) but they are fun. Now Chico State, Oh the stories I hear from both Frats and Sororities. Haha

Laura said...

Christian: Oh Chico. How did any of their students survive? :)

tanya said...

that's hilarious--I imagine my family would have reacted similarly!

Bon Don said...

LOL... that is totally something my family would do too!! great story!!

Laura said...

Bon Don: Looking back it must have been hilarious. Being in it, I just about died infront of everyone. Note to self...my family can't always take it :)

valerie said...

i'm an alpha phi too (delaware)! what a wonderful story...it's so cool to hear other people's experiences. good times.

Laura said...

valerie: too funny. Go Phi's! What was your nickname? I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours.....