When looking into the Greek scene on any campus you often hear “from the outside looking in, you can never understand it, from the inside looking out, you can never explain it”, but as a proud sorority member at Western I am going to give it my best shot. The basic structure of the Western Greek community is simple, there are seven fraternities: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Alpha Society, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Chi, and five sororities: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Pi Beta Phi. Although the Greek letters of each organization may differ, many of our fundamental values are the same.
Each individual experience of a member of a Greek organization may differ, but the best way to explain what Western’s Greek scene is about is to use my personal experiences. I joined a sorority in first year, and it was the best decision I have ever made. I came to Western from out of province, from a small high school, knowing just a handful of others when I arrived. A few people in my residence started looking into sororities and I was automatically intrigued. What initially caught my interest was a small group of people within the Western world that could make this campus feel a little smaller. When I made my way out to fall recruitment I found that Greek life could offer so much more than I had expected. I found that all my values aligned with the purposes of sororities. Sororities made intermural teams; which excited me as high school captain of the volleyball team. They held academics in high regards; which encouraged me as an honors high school student. And they raised thousands of dollars and spent countless hours helping the community; which captivated me as a former high school student council VP community service. Going through recruitment showed me how the things I did in high school could carry through to my university life at Western.
Becoming a member of a sorority showed me that it wasn’t just the things that sororities do that make them incredible; it’s the whole community that you become a part of. A fraternity or a sorority is essentially a group of like-minded people who support you and encourage you in all your endeavors, be them within the Greek scene or externally. As I grew in my sorority, I was encouraged by my sisters and appointed leadership positions, which extended beyond our walls and encouraged interactions in the Greek community. Having a positive experience (how could I not working with an amazing network of dedicated and hardworking people?) I was intrigued to stretch out beyond the Greek community and run for a University Student Council position. It was at this time that I truly realized the strength and support of the entire Greek community.
I was initially encouraged to run in the election by an alum of my sorority and coincidently the current president of Social Science Student Council. When word got out that I might run, the reinforcement floodgates opened. I had seen the members of the Greek scene rally with each other over Fraternity and Sorority community initiatives, be it service, or just helping each other out when we need it, but this election emphasized to me how much we genuinely support each other. During the election I couldn’t walk past a single person in the Greek scene, regardless of their organization, without them inquiring about the position I was running for, reiterating their trust in my credentials and abilities and flattering with their support. I attribute most of my success in being elected to council to the people in Greek organizations, who knew and believed in me, who care about the Western campus. The people who join the Greek scene at Western are passionate, intelligent, leaders of our school and they rallied behind me because they wanted me to succeed.
The people in the Greek community become your second family; they care about you and everything you do. They push and support because they truly want what is best for each member of our community and Western as a whole. My Western experience would not be the same without the constant backing and support of my peers in the Western Greek scene.