How Being in a Sorority Changed the Way I Think About Friendship

Being in a Sorority means more than just attending parties...

Friendship – in college, it’s a major issue, as you will be separated from many, if not all of those that were in your inner circle in high school.

Sororities are a wonderful solution to this problem, as they supply an environment where dozens of like-minded individuals will be living in close proximity to you.

This closeness produces more than just friendship – it is an incubator for sisterhood. This is more than just a meaningless platitude, as normal friend relationships just don’t have the benefits that sisterhood offers.

Not just friends, but sisters

Going into college, I thought that joining a sorority was just a great way to meet new friends. To be certain, affiliating with a Greek letter organization is a wonderful way to achieve those ends, but my pledge period and my first semester as a newly initiated sister awakened me to a new reality.

I wasn’t just making new friends by joining a sorority – I was being initiated to a family beyond my biological one.

This fact was hammered home the second I was introduced to the tradition of giving and receiving sorority big little shirts and gifts.

The first moment my Big made it clear she thought of me as a sister rather than as just a friend, I was able to differentiate between various levels of female-female companionship.

Being a guiding light to those around us

Being in a sorority introduced me to the concept of being a leader. Rather than just being content with going with the flow, I started to look for ways to lift up the people around me rather than just seeking out ways to further my own ends.

Once you learn to embrace total strangers not as just friends, but as sisters that you would do anything to help, you can’t help but view other human beings in the same light.

In the workplace, on the street, at the gym – I view any woman willing to engage with me not as a stranger, but as a potential sister with whom I can build a strong friendship with.

Using my past experience, I can help them with aspects of their life with which they are struggling, and I can open my mind to learn from their example as well.

In a sorority, you learn the value of selflessness, as without the consensus of the group, you can do little and therefore, you are little.

Together, however, we can achieve great things and we can be perceived as great.

Not just during college, but for life

When I was first considering joining a sorority, someone in my dorm told me, you might have a good time with these girls, but just like us in the dorms, these relationships will fade away as you pursue your career.

To a degree, she may be have been accurate, but comparing unaffiliated women I knew next to the sisters I spent my undergraduate career with, I can honestly say I have spent more time with them post-graduation than my independent friends did with each other.

Lunch meetings quarterly with local sisters, annual get-togethers with those further afield, numerous weddings spent as a bridesmaid (and my wedding? What a time that was!) – my time after college has been made richer thanks to my sisters.

Without them, my life would have been so gray.

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How to Choose an Online Masters Program

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Furthering your education is a good idea, no one will argue with that and getting one online makes it that much easier. Whether you are choose an online masters degree for the pure joy of learning or it is solely for business, here are some tips on how to choose an online masters degree.
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Accreditation
The first and most important rule for getting an online masters degree is to make sure it as accredited college. For brick and mortar colleges it can be easier to tell their credentials but in the online realm it can be difficult to tell. Even if the website lists that they are accredited it is best to double check before writing your check. The Department of Education’s website is a great tool for checking the credentials of an online college.

Cost
Can you afford the college? Can you afford your program? These are important questions to answer before enrolling in a course. You want to make sure you are a successful and the cost is maintainable. Also, if you are getting your masters solely for finical gain, make sure you compare the potential financial rewards with the cost of your education. Get your desired Master’s degree with professional essay writers from Thepensters.com.

Time
Make sure you are clear on how long your program will take and if this is a commitment you are willing to make. Depending on your course load, many programs can take from 2-5 years. Are you ready to sign up for this long? Does it make sense finically?  You want to ensure you will finish your program so be realistic in your timelines and scheduling. You don’t want to over burden yourself but you also want to get your degree in a timely fashion.

Credit Transfers
It is important to check if you existing credits and degree can transfer and make you eligible for the masters program. This will save you both time and money. You also want ensure your masters degree will allow for you to further advance your degree if choose to pursue a second masters or a Phd.

Is Online For You?
Online masters degree programs offer a convenience and flexibility not offered in a traditional program but is this what you want? Some students still prefer the in class and in person experience. Depending on your area of study in person or online may make more sense. Remember, just because a program is offered online doesn’t mean it is the best way to learn the subject or that is right for you.
Getting your online masters degree is a big commitment of both time and money so make sure you do your homework before enrolling. Find an area of study that works for you and start applying for programs. So break out your laptop and good luck with your studies!

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