My Personal Growth Essay

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Graduating from high school and attending a university is a daunting experience for thousands of people, especially if they know no one at their university, like me. I was the only one out of my close-knit group of friends that decided to attend my particular school, having always belonged to a group and seeing friends everyday, I was disheartened my first week at school; I was alone. I knew I wouldn’t be able to endure the loneliness for a whole year, so I made the decision to join a sorority. Becoming a member of a sorority has helped me grow into the person I am now; I have learned new ideas and enjoyed many new experiences, what I always thought college should be about. Joining a Greek organization was the best way for me to have what I missed from high school in college. Becoming a part of a sorority isn’t just about your “house”, you have interactions with every other sorority and fraternity on your campus; you meet all types of new people from different backgrounds. I admit, I had always thought of myself as a pretty cultured person, but after I met so many people that had views on life that differed far from mine, I knew there was still a lot I was ignorant about. I made the decision to learn as much as I could from other people, the good and the bad. Since then some of my views on society and life have been changed; some of my views have been reaffirmed, but I am still learning and growing, and it’s not only the ideas and views of other people that have had an affect on me, but also the things I have experienced while being in a sorority. I have to confess, even though I now praise Greek life, I went into the sorority thinking about all the negative stereotypes that accompany them—parties, drinking, sex—and found out that, yes, some of the stereotypes are true, though not to the extent they are portrayed in the media, but sororities offer a lot to help

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