August 15, 2015- the first day of recruitment, the day I had been anticipating ever since the day I started watching the ABC Family show, “Greek”, in middle school. I wondered, would my potential sisters be like the girls in the show? There wasn’t always the most positive light shown on the main characters and their relationships with other sisters or even with other young women in different sororities. There seemed to be a high level of competition among one another and I had no idea what to expect from greek life at USC.
When I first entered the Phi Mu house, I gazed around in awe at the excited sisters cheering from the balcony and welcoming me as I walked through the foyer. A sister took me by the arm and led me into their chapter room, where we then began to get to know each other. But, there was something different about this house, and the conversation I was having, from all the other chapters I had seen that day; the sister I was talking too was genuinely excited to learn about me. She was interested in my passions and my life before I had come to the University of South Carolina.
Over the next couple of months, I soon began to realize that all of the sisters were similar and just as excited to get to know the new members. Especially being 15 hours from home, it was nice to meet girls that were welcoming and non-judgemental. No one cared if you didn’t wear makeup to the meetings or wore your hair in a messy bun. For the first time at USC, I truly felt accepted and quickly realized that when you join a sorority, you want to choose girls that actually care about what’s on the inside. You want to surround yourself with people that will constantly lift you up, and not bring you down. You want to meet young women who are driven, passionate, and caring individuals. That’s what makes Phi Mu special; they really are your sisters through thick and thin, and not just girls you associate with for four years.
-Nicole Eklund, Freshman