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Forgoing the pressure of family tradition wasn’t easy for Jazmin Crawford. But she followed her heart and the genuine connection she continues to have with her sorority sisters
Who I Am
Nearly everyone in my family are members of the same sorority, so I came to college already set on what sorority I was joining. But when I came to a Greek breakfast where I talked to different girls and a few panhellinic members, I began changing my mind. When I finally got here, I met a lot of different girls who were a part of panhellenic organizations and I quickly realized these are the girls I want to be around. I had to explain to my family that I was not going to follow in their footsteps, which caused a lot of conflict. But in the end, I knew I wanted sisters whom I got along with, so I made the choice on my own. Now, a year later, I still believe that I made the right decision. I absolutely love my sisters and wouldn't trade them for the world.
Words to Live By
"To possess high ideals, and attain somewhat unto them." This is a line from my sorority’s purpose that I basically live my life by. I set very high goals with the intent to accomplish them. If I do not accomplish every goal I set, I don't beat myself up about it. I just try harder next the time.
My ultimate goal is to become a juvenile defense attorney.
Why I Joined
Originally, I joined because all of the women in my family were a part of one, but I chose my sorority because of the connection I felt as soon as I met the women that were a part of it.
My sisters mean literally everything to me. It makes me tear up just typing this, thinking of all they have done for me. If I needed to go to the hospital at 4 am, I could call any sister to take me, and I would do the same for them. From breaking up with boyfriends to family passing away to breaking a nail, we are all there for each other. I could be absolutely furious with my sisters, but because I love them so much, I can't stay mad at them for very long. My sisters are my family, and they basically mean just as much to me as my own siblings.
What is Sorority Life Really Like?
There are so many misconceptions of what being in a sorority is like. Contrary to popular belief, sorority life is much more than partying and cat fights. Don't get me wrong, from formals to mixers to theme parties, being in a sorority is a lot of fun, but every now and then my sisters and I do fight. Being in a sorority is really like having a HUGE family because every girl instantly becomes like your real sister. And who doesn't occasionally argue with their own siblings? Beyond those things, it is also a guaranteed support system for any and every problem you could ever have. I've only been in my sorority for a little less than a year, and already I've gained so much. You learn how to work well with others, and if you can get along with 50 or 60 other girls, you can deal with anyone! It's also a networking tool because being Greek gets you out there and you meet so many people at all of the events you go to. Overall, joining a sorority has been the best decision I have ever made. In comparison to my non-Greek friends or my life prior to being Greek, life in a sorority is so much better!!
Come in with an open mind. Don't listen to people telling you which chapter is the best and why or why not you should join certain sororities. It's your choice, and these are the girls who are going to be a part of your life forever. So make the choice based on what you want and not what others think.
Greek life and residential government
“Swiss Army Romance” by Dashboard Confessional
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