Each year each fraternity and sorority competes in something called Greek Week. Even though this year will be run a little differently, each organization comes together to raise money for Camp Dreamcatcher, an organization that serves as a therapeutic and educational camp for children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDs.
Many do not think of this when they think of Greek Week. Most usually they just think of a sorority and a fraternity pairing up to socialize. While this is a big part of it, a lot of it is about raising money and making connections with people we may have never spoken to before.
What I really enjoy each year is that we are paired with either one or two different organizations, and they rotate each year. This gives each organization the chance to meet new people and understand what other organizations are about that they may not have known about in the past.
On Greek Day, the Greek Games take place. This is where each team performs different games like human pyramid, relay and water balloon toss, among others.
The teams get competitive, and it is a great day to get together with your organization and cheer each other on. It’s always fun to be focusing your energy on something other than school for a minute.
Being a senior, it doesn’t feel real that this will be my last Greek Week ever. I remember joining my sorority as a sophomore, not really sure about what was going on. Now it is my last year. It’s really neat to see the tradition continue and to see younger girls step up and take on leadership positions in the sorority.
Although I never saw myself as a “sorority girl,” I am so thankful to have been a part of the Greek community here at West Chester. When I came to this school, I felt lost. I was homesick, and I didn’t know if I would last here.
It wasn’t until sophomore year when I joined my organization that I really felt like I belonged here.
I met some of my best friends through my sorority and have met so many great people through the Greek community in general. Over the last three years, my organization gave me the chance to give back to the community and take on leadership roles that I never imagined I was capable of. This also gave me the confidence to go after my passion in life.
With Greek Day approaching, and it being one of the last things I experience in a sorority, it really makes me appreciate what I was able to experience.
There is so much to Greek life that many do not understand until they are a part of it. It isn’t for everyone and that is okay, too. Overall, joining a sorority is something that really helped me grow as person, but also made my college experience something I will never forget.
Breanna Connell is a fourth-year student majoring in communications with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at BC810217@wcupa.edu.