When you think of the word scholarship you normally think of an organization or person giving you a particular amount of money for education. In most cases this is true. My house has scholarship grants girls can win or apply for to help them pay for school. But in this instance that’s not what I am talking about. In this case I’m talking more based off the actual definition of the word scholarship. Scholarship is defined as an academic study or achievement. This having nothing to do with earning money for school, simply making an educational achievement of some kind or spending time on studies.
My house has a scholarship program that is required of our girls every year. This is a plan to make sure each girl in the house is on top of their studies. Tonight at chapter one of our members of the Chapter Management Team explained our new plan for the scholarship program. I think it’s brilliant and simple. What each girl has to do is for the rest of the semester they need to make sure they have three scholarship achievements that they can log into a binder. Each log can be anything from doing well on a test to studying for multiple hours at the library. There is a binder for each grade level where the girls can individually log their own achievements. This allows of Chapter Management Team to be aware of how amazing our girls are, as well as make sure we are all being scholarly. It’s really cool that we do this because it contributes to this fact…“At MSU, the sorority average GPA is higher than the all women’s average GPA and the all student average GPA.”
There is a huge stereotype on what a sorority girl looks like, acts like, and does in their free time. There is also a huge stereotype for fraternity men as well. But think for a second, if you had to picture what the “ideal” sorority girl looks like, acts like, and does in their free time what would that be?
I think most people would be able to paint a pretty good picture in their head of what their “ideal” sorority girl is. Stereotypes on greek life are huge! But if I were to tell you some statistics and facts about the success of people in greek life I think you might be shocked. Not only are sorority women extremely successful but they aren’t always the stereotype image you paint in your mind. I think my house is a great example of that.
Yesterday my dear friend brought an Xbox back to the house from home. She was lucky enough to have her younger brother be willing to loan it to her. Now, the majority of people who sat back and thought about that image of a sorority girl would not have put “avid video game player” in their picture. I can even assume that when I said Xbox most readers were shocked or thought the games that were being played were even girly. Does Xbox even have “girly” games!? A couple of the girls and I stayed up for hours last night playing Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Zombies (the zombie version of COD). It was fantastic! Were we amazingly good at these games? No. But I’m glad my house is full of girls who have depth, and aren’t the stereotype. I love that there’s a wide variety of different women in my house that can break the stereotype barriers every day.
I think this is a good subject since we are all coming back from spring break this week. I went to Panama City Beach for this spring break. I was in search of one giant, typical college spring break that every student wants to have at least once. Luckily, I finally found that on this trip! I had the time of my life and was fortunate enough to see three concerts while I was down there. Diplo, T-Pain and Luke Bryan were the concerts I attended but there were so many more artists down there that I was unaware of.
Great music was only the start of what made this trip so fun. I went with the best group of people I could have asked for. When planning the trip we barely knew each other but after the trip we have all become such great friends. To tie it all into Greek life, and sororities, my group was all from Greek life. But the cool thing was that we were all from different sororities and fraternities. It’s amazing that Greek life can come together as a whole to have such an amazing time together. People may think that we are divided and all do our own separate things but when we come together we make great friends, have amazing times, and can even do so much for the community.