3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Join a Sorority

Posted on: March 29th by Emily Girvan

Recruitment sign ups are just around the corner! Like most freshman girls, you’re probably wondering if sorority life is for you. While recruitment can be an overwhelming process, there are many benefits to just going through and testing the waters. Movies and media shine a bad light on Greek Life and that may put a bad taste in your mouth. We are here to let you know that you will never know or understand the amazing opportunity unless you try! To find out if sorority life is for you see if anything below applies to you or sounds like something you would enjoy!

 

Don’t join a sorority if Academic Excellence is not something you’re interested in. 

Sorority girls seem to have the stereotype of being ditzy and unintelligent. Well, that is completely false. Not only do Greeks hold some of the highest GPAs on their campus, they’re required to hold a certain GPA each semester or risk being suspended from the sorority. This means they must disaffiliate completely from their organization for a period of time. It’s heart wrenching to say the least.  In fact, in a study conducted by the National Panhellenic Conference, the GPA of those who are in a sorority is not negatively affected due to their membership. The percentage of sorority members who graduate within 6 years is 83.9% while the percentage for non-members is 70.5%.

 Don’t join a sorority if you want to give back to your community.

Philanthropic service is one of the most important parts of sorority life. Each semester Greek organizations hold events in order to raise money for their national and local philanthropies. In a study by the National Panhellenic Conference, in the 2014-2015 school year, members contributed 1,269,954 hours of community service and raised $7,562,835 for philanthropic causes. 

Don’t join a sorority if you’re scared of success.

We aren’t saying you can’t become successful without being a member of Greek life. What we are saying is being a part of Greek life looks great on your resume. Not only have you proven that you completed college, but you have also shown that you were able to do so while being extremely involved on campus. Most sororities ask that each of their members be a part of another organization on campus as well. You will possess all of the qualities that future employers are looking for: team player, time management and dedication. Being a part of Greek life helps to mold you for your successful future career.

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April Showers

Posted on: March 21st by Emily Girvan

April is just around the corner and with it comes the rain. We have the perfect items to keep you dry and cute while battling the April showers.

 

New Englander Rain Jacket

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The Greek New Englander Raincoat is thick enough for the colder April days! The jacket offers a generous fit so you can wear a sweatshirt or hoodie underneath if the day is colder than you anticipated. We guarantee you will receive many compliments on the dreariest of days!

Greek Windbreaker Raincoat

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The Greek Windbreaker is lightweight and water resistant. This raincoat is perfect for college students. It Conveniently packs into its zippered front pocket for storage. Perfect for college students to wear between classes and pack away easily into backpack!

Greek Pullover Raincoat

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The Greek Pullover Raincoat is the perfect gift for any college student. Just like the windbreaker, it conveniently packs into its front zippered pocket for storage. The best thing about this pullover is that it is lines will 100% cotton flannel on the inside adding that extra bit of protection from the wind.

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Women’s History Month

Posted on: March 14th by Emily Girvan

In honor of March being Women’s History Month, we thought we would take a moment to recognize some of Greek Life’s successful women. These women have not only contributed to the progression of women in America, but have also left an impact for future generations as well.

 

Harper Lee

Chi Omega – University of Alabama

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Harper Lee is the genius behind one of the most well known American books, To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel became an instant hit winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 after being published just the year before. Unlike most novelists, her book became a classic in American Literature while she was still living. She not only received the Pulitzer Prize, she went on to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature in 2007. 

Tory Burch

 Kappa Alpha Theta – University of Pennsylvania 

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Tory Burch is the brains behind the women’s fashion line, Tory Burch LLC. On top of being a fashion design and businesswoman, Tory Burch is also a philanthropist. She started the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009, which supports the economic empowerment of women in the United States through small business loans, mentoring and entrepreneurial education. In 2014, she was named an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, which is a group of successful American businesspeople who are committed to growing and helping the next generation of entrepreneurs thrive.

Sara Blakely

Delta Delta Delta – Florida State University

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Sara Blakely is the founder of one of  women’s guilty pleasures, Spanx. Ask around and you most likely won’t find a woman who doesn’t own a pair! In November 2000, Oprah Winfrey named Spanx as one of her “Favorite Products,” helping to push Spanx even further in sales. In 2014, she was named the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Her desire to help women doesn’t end with Spanx, in 2006, she founded the Sara Blakely Foundation to help women through educational and entrepreneurial training. Since launching her foundation, it has funded scholarships for women at the Community and Individual Development Association City Campus in South Africa. She also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, donating $1 million to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She became the first female billionaire to join Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s “Giving Pledge”, where the world’s richest donate half their wealth to charity.

Carrie Underwood

Tri Sigma – Northeastern State University

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Carrie Underwood is the All-American Sweetheart who captured our hearts in 2004 on the hit show American Idol. In 2009, she founded the Checotah Animal, Town and School Foundation in her hometown. The foundation helps with general causes, needs and services to directly impact the community. The foundation partnered with the Academy of Country Music Foundation in 2009 to give more $120,000 in new instruments for their music programs. As a massive supporter of animal rights, she is a supporter of the Humane Society of the United States and even opened a shelter in her hometown. She is a supporter of the United Service Organization, Clothes off our back, and Habitat for Humanity. In 2008, she joined other female artists Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus to record the song “Just Stand Up.” The proceeds benefited Stand Up to Cancer raising $73.6 million.

 

Condoleeza Rice

Alpha Chi Omega – University of Denver

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Condoleeza Rice is the first female African-American secretary of state and was the first woman to serve as the National Security Advisor under George W. Bush. She earned the nickname of “Warrior Princess” while serving under Bush because of her strong nerve and delicate manners. SHe has appeared four times on the Time 100Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2004 and 2005, she was ranked as the most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine and number two in 2006. She now returned to Stanford University as a political science professor and in 2010, she became a faculty member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a director of its Global Center for Business and the Economy.

Erin Andrews

 Zeta Tau Alpha – University of Florida

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Erin Andrews is most known for her presence in the sports world. She currently hosts FOX  College Football for Fox Sports as well as Dancing with the Stars. She has influenced a lot of young girls to embrace their love for sports through her success within the last 16 years. She started as a freelance supporter for Fox Sports Florida and made her way to becoming today’s sideline reporter on Fox’s lead NFL broadcasting crew. In 2010, she became the spokesperson for the Kraft Foods Huddle to Fight Hunger campaign to raise $2.86 million for Feeding America. In October 2011, she joined StubHub to launch a national campaign Girls Night Out to encourage women to celebrate and take pride in their love for sports with the opportunity of winning tickets to attend a game of their choice with their friends.

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Spring Sisterhood

Posted on: March 8th by Emily Girvan

Spring time makes for some of the best sisterhood retreats! The weather is perfect for either an indoor or outdoor event. Thinking back to my active years in college I remembered a few of my favorite sisterhood events.

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Glamping & White Water Rafting

Glamping and white water rafting was one of the most intense and fun sisterhood events we had. We stayed together in a few cabins split into groups. Of course, like in every large group of girls, there are cliques. We were split up by cabin with sisters we normally did not hang out with. We had some icebreaker games and, as the night went on, we all became closer and learned so much about ourselves and each other. The next day we all had to rely on each other to master the rapids and stay afloat while white water rafting. In the end, we all survived and we much closer.

Laser Tag

A little friendly competition never hurt anyone! Laser Tag is great in that it forces you to work together as a team to beat your opposing group. As a team you have to strategize the best way to take out the other team and protect your teammates. At the end you’re all winners when you get to bond over pizza!

Slumber Party

Slumber parties might be one of my favorite retreats. It’s a low cost event, but it’s extremely effective. With icebreakers and junk food there is no way you will leave the next day without learning something about your sisters, sisterhood and yourself. You’ll be up all night relishing in the fact that you undoubtedly chose the best sisterhood on campus. You’ll leave with stronger friendships and bonds with sisters you didn’t even know were possible!

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Philanthropy

Posted on: February 22nd by Emily Girvan

With all of the negative media attention given to Greek organizations, we thought we would take a moment to highlight one of the most important parts about being a member of the Greek community. Philanthropy means a lot to each member. Many girls don’t just choose a sorority based on outward appearance or popularity. You walk into each house during recruitment and you see a group of girls all passionate about the same thing. They’re not a part of Greek Life just to make friends or, as media leads us to believe, party, they’re there to make an impact and to grow themselves into something better.

For instance, one of my sisters has been living with juvenile diabetes for many years and the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation means the world to her. She has been out of college for about six years now and still spends her summers at Camp Kudzu giving compassion and guidance to children with juvenile diabetes. Dealing with diabetes on a daily basis can be rigorous and frustrating, but helping others see that you can get past your struggles and accomplish anything you set your mind to.

We have seen many chapters around the nation make philanthropy videos highlighting why they love their philanthropy and what it means to them as well as showing some of the events they provide. Below are just a few we found and wanted to share.

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Spring Break Sorority Essentials

Posted on: February 8th by Emily Girvan

Spring Break is just around the corner! If you’re anything like us you’re always looking for more items to add to your luggage. Warmer weather means new clothing to keep you cool while you relax at the beach for a week! We have some of our favorite Spring Break essentials you can’t live without!

 

Sorority Flip Flops

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Sorority Flip Flops are a given when it comes to packing for your beach getaway. You can customize these with any one of our designs so you’re guaranteed to stand out from the rest of the girls. 

 

Sorority Jersey

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Sorority Jerseys are perfect for those cooler beach destinations like Destin or PCB. Jerseys are thick enough to keep you warm, while the oversized style makes it the best beach cover up! Not to mention you can proudly represent your sorority while wearing it!

 

Sorority Tanks

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Sorority Mason Jar Tank  is a great way to show your love of both your sorority and your southern roots! The Comfort Color tanks are unisex which make them great for a beach cover up as well.

 

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Sorority Script Tank  adds a touch of glitter to your beach wardrobe. Choose from a variety of Comfort Colors and glitter lettering colors to represent your sorority and it’s colors or choose your favorite beachy colors.

 

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Big and Little Gift Ideas

Posted on: February 1st by Emily Girvan

You can never give your Big or Little too many gifts! Obviously you each know how much the other loves and appreciates you, but there are those special occasions when you need to show it just a little more. We have come up with a few of our favorite Big and Little gifts that they’re sure to love!

Big and Little Long Sleeve T-Shirts

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Big and Little Matching Shirts make for the perfect gift for your Big or Little. No doubt they will love it and love the fact that you are proud to be their Big or Little.

 

Sorority Koozies

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Sorority Koozies are probably one of the most practical and functional gifts you can give your Big or Little. Customize it with your sorority, chapter or with Big and Little.

 

Big and Little Jerseys

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Big and Little Jerseys will soon become your go to shirt for all occasions! The oversized fit makes it perfect for those days when you just want to wear your leggings and a messy bun. Your Big or Little will love it!

 

Matching Sorority Letter Tanks

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Matching Sorority Letter Tanks are made in your favorite comfort color brand! We love the idea of making the two tanks opposite colors for Big and Little!

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New Arrivals

Posted on: January 26th by Emily Girvan

We are in love with our new apparel designs we made for this year’s Sigma Kappa Regional Conference. We love coming up with new things for all of our stylish sorority girls! We can’t wait to see all of the greek organizations in one of these designs.

Big & Little Long Sleeve T-Shirts

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Big and Little Matching Shirts are  the perfect gift for your Little at Big/Little Reveal or Initiation. This is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship full of matching outfits.

1/4 Zip Sweatshirt with Chapter

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1/4 Sweatshirt with Chapter are the perfect item to represent not only your sorority but your chapter as well. The unisex fit is just what you’re looking for when you want to be warm and comfortable on those cold days. Choose from a variety of glitter lettering colors and five complimentary sweatshirt colors.

Block Letter Sweatshirt

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Block Letter Sweatshirt  is a classic and simple look that we just adore! We guarantee this will become your favorite go-to sweatshirt for any event. This fit is comfortable and cozy. Order up a size for the perfect look with your leggings.

Sorority Long Sleeve Chapter T-Shirt

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Sorority Long Sleeve Chapter T-Shirt is the perfect shirt for a sisterhood event or even recruitment. We love how the shirt shows pride in both your organization and your chapter!

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Sorority Long Sleeve T-Shirt has to be our new favorite! It’s the perfect shirt to give as a gift to a new member or your Big! The detail on the sleeve will make your organization stand out from all the others.

Sorority Sweatshirt with Established Date

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Sorority Sweatshirt with Established Date is the perfect sweatshirt to show of your sorority in a simple way. We love the collegiate style it offers that is sure to make it your favorite! 

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Sorority Bling

Posted on: January 18th by Emily Girvan

Everyone knows the way to a girl’s heart is anything that sparkles! We have the perfect new items sure to satisfy your need for sorority bling!

 

Monogrammed Rings

Oval Rings

Sorority Monogrammed Rings are the perfect little accessory to show off your pride for your sorority. Our rings come in two shapes. The horizontal oval is the perfect size for all the fabulous three letter sororities while still remaining dainty and elegant. The vertical oval is sure to make your letters stand out in a classy way.

Monogrammed Necklace

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Sorority Monogrammed Necklace comes in two shapes and has a double chain. The oval plate necklace is sure to make your letters stand out, while the disc is a classic. You can never go wrong with a classic.

Sorority Bangle 

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Sorority Monogrammed Bangle is the perfect gift for alum or a recent graduate. Include your monogram with your sorority to wear through the years or to alum reunions. 

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Preppy Jerseys

Posted on: January 12th by Emily Girvan

Preppy Jerseys are the perfect solution for those days when it’s not quite cold enough for a jacket, but too cold to wear just a t-shirt. They’re thick enough to keep you warm and they’re perfectly oversized to keep you comfortable all day! Jerseys are one of the best inventions for any sorority girl. While almost every girl has one, not all of them are as unique as ours. Our jerseys are able to be customized to say anything you would like.

Looking for the perfect gift for your amazing Big?! A Big deserves all the appreciation she can get. Not only has she taken you under her wing to prepare you for the world of Greek Life, she has spent many late nights studying with you and making sure you know which boys are not worth the trouble. All this time together has made you the perfect Big and Little pair.

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Every girl is proud of her sorority and what it stands for. As a sisterhood, you strive to uphold the standards and purpose of your sorority. Show the meaning of your sisterhood and what bonds you with each other.

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Sometimes being proud of your organization means just wearing your letters for everyone to see. Other’s can see the confidence you have while wearing your letters and want to know more about what it means to be part of a sisterhood.

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If you’d rather not venture too far away from what you love about jerseys then there is the always classic look. We totally understand the love for the classic look. It never goes out of style.

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