I don’t care whether you’re a freshman, a transfer student, or a returning student—moving is hard. College becomes home, but you also have Home home, and the transition back and forth never gets easier. You cry when you say goodbye to your family to go back to your friends. You cry when you say goodbye to your friends to go back to your family. You can’t win. All the extroverts around you act as if nothing is wrong, but us introverts are like, “WAIT I CAN’T KEEP UP WITH ALL OF THIS CHANGE.” There are also new classes and new professors and syllabi and—ohmygosh— so much homework. It’s a lot to process. And my dear introverts, I know you need time to process, but you have to rush instead. Rush your processing and rush a sorority or fraternity.
Let’s be candid for a moment. You think Greek life is only for extroverts. Well, extroverts don’t need Greek life. They still join because, as a general rule, Greek life is what the extraverts do. (And if they don’t rush, it’s because they have more friends than they know what to do with. Aren’t they lucky?) But if you’re an introvert, you don’t want to rush, but you need to rush. Here’s why:
1) Sometimes you drop off the face of the earth. You need to process, you need to rebalance your emotional state, I know, I know. Hear this: your sisters or brothers will be there when you get back to your normal self. They don’t leave you behind like normal friends because they took a pledge to always honor your relationship.
2) Not only that, but more likely than not, they themselves will pull you out of your funk. These people, like your real family, will see you at your worst. They will see your ugly often. And you know what? They will love you because they get to see your ugly. Vulnerability is the ultimate bonding material.
3) You get an endless supply of people to share life with. As an introvert, you’ve never experienced anything like it. There are people to watch Pretty Little Liars with, there are people to study with, there are people to complain about tuition with, there are people to eat lunch with, there are people to hug on your way to class, there are people to room with, there are people to bang on your door when you’re writing your book, there are people to work out with, there are people to go to concerts with, there are people when you don’t want people, and there are people when you need people. Extroverts live like this all the time, can you believe it?
And that’s why introverts should hurry up and rush. It will be the greatest thing they do for themselves. It was the best decision I’ve ever made, and I’ve only been a member for a year. Imagine what kind of a Greek freak I’ll be when I’m a senior.