April 28, 1867 was a great day in history for myself and many other women... our sorority was founded!! There are a few things I consider myself to be an 'advocate' for. Sonic, animals and the Greek system all make the list. Today being such a special day for my sorority, I will harp on that for a while.
Depending on where you are from and your own personal experiences, you might have varying views of sororities- what they are, who is in them and what they are about. When some people hear the word 'sorority', certain terms may come to mind: "dumb" "elitist" "rich girls" "shallow" "self-centered" "drama" "paying for your friends"... etc.
Like I said... we can all only speak from our own experiences. So when I say that my sorority was full of the most intelligent, caring, accepting, driven, generous and fun women... I am only speaking from my experience.
I could go into the millions of dollars raised for and countless hours spent working in the name of charity... but this post isn't about that. Yes, sororities and fraternities benefit the communities in which they live, that's absolutely not a question. The real benefit is something quite different from that.
The women I have the privilege of calling sisters at the Pi Beta Phi house were (and continue to be) amazing. They were scholars, athletes, beauty queens, performers and artists. They were from big cities and small towns. They were prepsters, hippies and everything in between. They were Bible beaters and party animals. But mostly I just called them my friends. They were the women who not only got me through Statistics and were by my side planting flowers at the Child Advocacy center... but were also there to talk about life with until 3 in the morning, buy me shots on my birthday, tell me to "BREAK UP WITH HIM" and ultimately be by my side at my wedding. The four years I spent there will no doubt be some of the best of my life and I have those ladies to thank for it.
As the years go on and life changes, these ladies are still there. Some as my best friends and some as acquaintances who occasionally post on my Facebook wall. But I will always say a little thank you prayer to God that I was blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of women.
So Pi Phi sisters, RING freaking CHING! I am so happy on this day 144 years ago a couple of really awesome ladies put a name on their club so we could all reap the benefits.
So even if the world doesn't understand it... please know that I would happily pay to have you ladies as my friends anyday!