Let me preface this by saying I never, ever thought that I would join a sorority at Ball State. Greek life isn’t a big deal at BSU. If I went to a school like Alabama where Greek life is huge, I would–but I knew that I could make friends without joining a sorority. And I did. But joining a sorority at Ball State changed my life.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha, which is Ball State’s only service sorority, isn’t your typical sorority. It’s made of more than 100 unique, fun girls. But most importantly, it’s made of a bunch of women who are dedicated to making a difference. When I rushed in the fall, I realized that I was joining more than just a sorority–I was in for life. My passion for service, which began in the fifth grade when I was named student volunteer of the year, has only been fueled further by ESA. And I’m so thankful for that.
So why did joining this group of women change my life?
1. I have a ton of friends!
Whether I’ve talked to them yet or not, I know that every girl in my sorority is there for me. I feel like I have a support system behind me in everything that I do. These girls are genuinely interested in getting to know me.
2. I have a way to continue my passion to volunteer
Now I don’t have to search for volunteer opportunities. I especially love that we do so much to support St. Jude, since they are our main philanthropy. I love knowing that what I’m doing is helping kids who have much bigger problems than whatever trivial issue I might be facing.
The hashtag #BecauseOfESA is one of my favorite things I’ve seen in my time as a part of this group of women. ESA members share how ESA has helped them and shaped them. In turn, they share what they’ve experienced because of ESA with the hashtag. It’s beautiful and inspirational.
4. It’s a great way to get involved
If I hadn’t joined ESA and the other groups I am a part of, I would have no real connection to campus. ESA has gotten me involved in Homecoming activities, movie nights on campus and other Greek life events. I wouldn’t have been a part of these things without ESA. It’s safe to say that I would do a lot less on campus without ESA.
5. I feel like I have a home
As someone who didn’t have too many friends when I came to BSU, ESA was just what I was looking for. It’s made me feel like I have somewhere I can go and feel loved. My sisters truly are some of the nicest, most wonderful people I’ve ever met. ESA has become a safe place for me. My big and the rest of my family have made me feel so happy where I am in my sorority.
This is just a short list of a few reasons why I’m so, so glad I joined a sorority. It’s definitely been one of the best things I’ve done in my short career at Ball State.
If you’re a Ball State student reading this who isn’t a part of ESA, our rush week begins today. From January 26 to the 29th, we’re having events every night. You’re welcome to learn more about those events here.