GEAUX Greek

IMG_3586Brielle Moreau is from Prairieville, LA and is a Junior majoring in Biological Sciences. Brielle is an active member in the Greek Community, an LSU Ambassador, and served as one of LSU’s Parent Orientation Leaders this summer.

Going off to college means so many new experiences and one of those is Greek Life. Greek Life has honestly made me feel at home for so many different and unique reasons. Being part of the Greek community is an opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself. The moment I joined my sorority, I knew that it was going to be the start of a great time here at LSU.

Before coming to college, I was worried about meeting new people and finding ways to get involved on campus, but Greek Life quickly made that very accessible to me. Greek Life is constantly giving back to the community in ways that I could have never expected. Events like Habitat for Humanity where all of Greek life comes together and builds houses for those who need them allowed me to further my bond with my sisters and other Greeks as well. I have thus far been able to make meaningful connections with individuals that will last a lifetime.

When I joined a sorority, I gained 300 new sisters to support me and guide me through my college career. These new sisters are from all walks of life and from all over the world. Not only did becoming Greek allow me to find my home, but it allowed me to make a home for others.  Even though every member of my sorority, and Greek Life in general, is from different places, we all come together to make a positive impact in our community and on campus.  Every sorority and fraternity has their own specific philanthropy that is special to them and throughout the year they host events and fundraisers to raise money to support those philanthropies.

Not only are members involved with helping the community, many members are also involved with student government and a vast variety of other organizations on campus. LSU offers over 450 different organizations on campus and Greek Life is just one of them. Apart from the involvement of the chapter as a whole, I also live in the sorority house so it has truly and literally become my home here at LSU.

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Geauxing Greek: Randi Kirk

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Randi is a recent graduate of LSU with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. During her time at LSU she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, LSU Ambassadors, Alpha Lamda Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. This summer she will serve as the Parent Orientation Leader to the College of Agriculture and this fall she will pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 

Letters. No, I’m not talking about the 26-character alphabet you are taught at a young age, I’m talking about the Greek insignia that I wore on my first day of class.IMG_1602 The first day of classes for any college student can be intimidating but thankfully I walked into class and sat down next to a girl wearing the same exact shirt as me. Going into my fall semester of my freshman year of college there were many things I was unsure of: where would I live, what would my friends be like, would I succeed in school, but most of all – would I fit in? It’s the question that sits in the back of each person’s mind as they enter the unknown. Geauxing Greek for me was a no-brainer, my family’s tradition at LSU was to be Greek. Therefore, it was my every wish and desire to run down the curved road of West Lakeshore Drive in 100 degree weather before my first day of school.

IMG_1604Recruitment is exhilarating for some and absolutely terrifying for others. It’s filled with ice water and conversations, most being repetitive. However, regardless of the outcomes you end up where you truly belong. Although four years ago I couldn’t imagine being anything else but another sorority, I am incredibly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a Zeta Tau Alpha.Being Greek is so much more than the stories one hears over the news, or what people post on Facebook, it’s a tradition that becomes a part of you forever. The letters that I represent stand for a philanthropy that changes lives, scholarship that pushes you to be a better student, leadership that develops you, and socials to round you out.

During my time in ZTA, I had the honor and privilege of serving in multiple leadership positions but the most rewarding was serving on Executive Council as the New Member Educator for 97 women. For an entire year, I dedicated my time and service to a position that consistently gave back to me in ways I never imagined. While serving on this council I also lived in the sorority house and let me tell you, the closet space is impeccable among 58 women. The house was a place that fostered many friendships that developed into best friends. There are nights of laughter, late night coffee runs, and studying until the early morning that I will never forget. Although, these few paragraphs may not say it, being Greek made me a better woman, a better sister, a better daughter, a better friend and a better student. I would not be the individual I am today without it and I will forever go into the world with the letters I wore for four years stored in the fondest part of my heart. My advice for you is that if you are considering Greek Life or if your son or daughter is considering becoming Greek, remember that we all get by from a little help from our friends. Take a chance and you just might find your home at LSU!IMG_1567

Getting Involved with Greek Life

Taylor MossToday’s blog post was written by Taylor Moss. Taylor is  a Junior Kinesiology/Pre-Occupational Therapy major from Austin, TX. She joined a sorority her sophomore year at LSU. This summer, Taylor is serving as the Parent Orientation Leader for University College: Center for Advising and Counseling.

After my first year at LSU, I could not get enough of what the university had to offer me and I wanted to get even more involved on campus. Throughout my time in high school, I was dedicated to my dance team, which comprised of 50 of my best friends. After a year of being away from that environment, I started to realize how much I missed the “sisterhood” feel. Since I had moved 7 hours away to go to college, not many of my original friends came to LSU, so I thought becoming a member of Greek Life could help me build those friendships again.

Though I was originally seeking out friendship, going through recruitment I also fell in love with the philanthropy aspect of Greek Life. Each chapter has its own philanthropy that it raises money for throughout the year. Another service aspect is Greek Week. This is a week where LSU Greek Life partners with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for needy families in the Baton Rouge area. The LSU Greek community has raised over $1,000,000 and built 16 houses since partnering with Habitat for Humanity in 2004.

In addition to all of the wonderful relationship and service opportunities, being a member of Greek Life gives students significant opportunities for leadership roles. There is the possibility of holding a seat in your own chapter, on Greek Board of Directors, or as a chair on the council your chapter is a part of. There are also different leadership retreats, such as EMPOWER, which allow you to develop you leadership skills and grow as an individual.

Since becoming a member of Greek Life last fall, I can honestly say it has exceeded my expectations. Through the various social events such as Song Fest and Step Show, as well as just hanging out at the house, I have met some of the most amazing people and made connections that will last me the rest of my life. Knowing that I always have my sisters to fall on if I need them for anything is a sense of comfort I appreciate. My grades have even improved thanks to the study groups and resources I have gained from being a part of a sorority. Being a part of Greek life has given me the opportunity to serve the community, lead my peers, build relationships, and create a home at LSU.