I’ve mentioned a few times already, but I am in a sorority here at NYU. Greek life is highly underrated here, and we only make up about 4% of the student population (at a school this big, 4% isn’t all that much). Nonetheless, I can honestly admit joining Greek life was the best decision I have made since I began college.
We may be “small” but nearly every class I have taken had another Greek in it, often times more than one. It’s important to form a community and that is exactly what Greek life at NYU does. My sisters have become some of my best friends – friends I know that will last a life time.
I understand not everyone is pro Greek-life, but if you’re on the fence about it at all, here are my top 5 favorite things about being in a sorority (and why it’s even better in New York City).
1. Our “Bid Day” is in Washington Square Park
I mean it’s already pretty awesome my campus itself is Washington Square Park but after stalking numerous other sorority chapters (Pinterest makes this effortless!) our Bid Day celebration seems to outweigh them all. Bid Day is the final day of the recruitment process, in which girls receive a ‘bid’ or invitation to join a sorority. There are presents, baked goods, and usually songs. What more could one ask for?
2. The coolest locations for Semiformal and Formal
Every semester, our sorority throws a formal (semiformal is in the fall, formal in the spring). There really is no ‘formal’ difference between them, but they each hold their distinct name. Because we are in NYC, we are able to find awesome venues to hold our events. One of my first formals was held at Tribeca Lounge, owned by Robert De Niro. Formals are fun anywhere but when they are held at swanky NYC restaurants and clubs, I can’t help but feel even more fabulous.
3. Sisterly bonding
Speaking of awesome venues, our sisterhood events in general are able to be held at fun locations. Sisterly love is comforting, but it’s brought to a whole new level when it can be shared at fun NYC locations such as the Highline or Central Park. Whether it’s a picnic in the park, or a trip to the Union Square outdoor market, it’s amazing to be able to experience all NYC has to offer while spending quality time with my sisters.
4. Friends to try food with
NYC is full of amazing eateries, bakeries, and restaurants. With 80 sisters, I always have someone who is up to try the new diner or cupcake shop that has just opened. Hell, I probably have someone who has ALREADY tried it and can give me a full review. When I need to indulge, there is someone around every corner.
Many people boast that they join Greek life because of the connections they make with alumni and sisters in other locations. I am also guilty of this – as much as I love my sisters, a sorority is larger than just the eighty women in one chapter. The NYC area has a huge alumnae organization, and there are constantly job opportunities and internship offerings coming through my inbox from older sisters/alumnae. In the working world, it really is about who you know, and in one of the most populous cities in the country, it is a benefit to know as many connections as possible.
Regardless of location, Greek life is amazing where ever you go. It’s worth giving a shot!
Lovelies, what are your feelings on Greek life?