Witticism O’ the Day: The rat that knows but one hole is soon caught by the cat (Mexican proverb)
This week I had the opportunity to sit down and speak Greek with CSU sophomore Angela Coates, an Honors student majoring in Natural Resources Management, and a member of one of the diverse sororities at CSU. I asked her a few questions about her involvement in Greek Life at CSU to share with all of you, in case you’re curious about what it involves and what the overall experience is.
Question: How did you get interested in Greek life?
Angela Coates: I became interested in Greek life because I heard it was a great way to meet people with similar interests. I came to CSU from out of state so I really wanted to make friends and get the whole college experience.
Q: What is Rush week like?
Angela: Recruitment was nothing like I expected it to be. It was much more engaging and exciting than I could have guessed, since the women in sororities are really trying to recruit potential new members who they could see becoming friends with. Going to all of the houses and talking to so many great people is fun in itself, and I met people along the way that I am still friends with. It was a long week full of mixed feelings, but it is just one exciting step of joining a sorority and it is definitely worth it in the end!
Q: What are the pros and cons of being in a sorority?
Angela: My favorite part of being in a sorority is the friendships that come along with it. I have definitely found a niche with my sisters since they have the same values as I do. I also really enjoy being able to live in my sorority house and have so many friends, closets, and study partners under the same roof. Being in a sorority also opens doors to so many opportunities, including volunteering, networking, being a leader, and meeting new people. A con of being in a sorority is the time commitment. Some people find it hard to manage sorority commitments, schoolwork, and other responsibilities such as jobs and volunteer work. However, I balance my responsibilities and try to be as involved as I can in my sorority and it is very rewarding.
Q: Why did you choose to join a sorority after Rush?
Angela: I went into recruitment not knowing if I was going to join a sorority house, and only joined one because I found the house where I knew I belonged. I joined my sorority because I talked to women that I had so much in common with and knew would make great friends.
Q: What kind of things do students involved in Greek life do (events, volunteering, living, etc.)?
Angela: Students involved in Greek life are often more involved than other groups on campus because we have so much available within our own houses and Greek life as a whole. Sorority and fraternity houses get together every semester to be on intramural teams together, volunteer, and participate in big events such as homecoming and Greek week. Greeks do lots of outreach within the Fort Collins community as well as school-wide events. I have travelled as far as Denver to volunteer with my sorority. We also do things within our own chapters, such as philanthropy events, weekly meetings and sisterhoods, and formals.
Q: Why would you recommend checking into Greek life to prospective students?
Angela: I would recommend Greek life to anyone looking to join our campus because I want other students to have the same great experience I have had. It is a great way to meet people and the Greek community makes the large campus seem much smaller and less overwhelming. My sorority gave me a place to call home even though I was across the country from my family, and made transitioning into college much easier.
Whether you’re a prospective student looking to find your niche at CSU or already a proud part of Ram Country, you should really consider looking into Greek Life here at CSU. All of the sororities and fraternities here at CSU are diverse and a great way to get involved. Visit the Greek website for more information! Go Rams!