Column: Greek life opens eyes to new views


The Maroon


To me, Greek life is about more than your brothers or sisters, chapter or looking good while wearing your letters. It’s about being a part of a large community of other Greek organizations.

Greek life is fun; it’s an opportunity to meet different people whom you might not have met otherwise.

Even going through sorority or fraternity recruitment is a great experience to meet other men and women. Joining Greek life also gives people an opportunity to make a difference in your chapter, your organization, Loyola and the greater community.

When people think of the Greeks, a common misconception may be, “Oh, its just stupid kids who pay for their friends.” First of all, we are required to maintain a certain GPA to remain in our respective chapters, and second, many Greeks are friends with non-Greeks.

The Greek organizations also adhere to a set of standards not only set by their own organizations but also ones set by the university.

Everyone has a unique experience with the Greek system, but my personal experience of being a part of a sorority has meant being apart of a sisterhood that words cannot describe.

During sorority recruitment, so many of my sisters talk about “the bond” that we have, and it is true. We have a bond and it’s hard to describe, but once you experience it, you never forget that feeling.

My sorority sisters are part of my New Orleans family. Like everyone, I have family I never see in the form of other chapters, but know that if I call them they are there for me. I also have my blood family, and I don’t always get along with them, but I love them and they are there when I really need it, much like my sorority sisters.

I don’t know if Greek life has changed me and who I am, but it has changed my perspectives on many things. Because of Greek life, I have come to fully understand the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I have met a lot of people who are now my good friends, who I might not have met otherwise.

Over the years Greek life has introduced me to many people, whom I know will help me as I look for a job in the coming year.

Greek life has been an amazing experience for me, and I encourage everyone to go through sorority and fraternity recruitment.

Carolina Avila is a marketing senior and can be reached at

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