I lost the opportunity to join Greek Life because some girls discriminated against me for my political beliefs.
So last weekend, I went through formal recruitment on my campus. Like every other girl there, I was so excited to become a member of Greek Life and start a new chapter of my life. Unfortunately, after the first day of rounds, I wasn’t invited back by any sorority for the second day. I was told that that because so many girls showed up, not everyone was invited back to the recruitment process.
This was complete bullshit.
The whole situation just didn’t seem right to me. I was put together with my hair and makeup done, I had good, genuine conversations, and I had walked out of my first day of round feeling really good about my experience. I could barely sleep that night, because I was so excited for the next day of rounds. To my utter disbelief, I got that horrible phone call in the morning saying I wasn’t invited back – I was totally speechless. At first, I was in shock, and then the tears set in. Questions flooded into my mind of why this happened, if I did or said something wrong, and I ran through the entire first day in my head. After evaluating everything, I realized that I couldn’t place my finger on any particular thing that I did to warrant being dropped from the entire recruitment process.
I felt like maybe I overlooked something that was a big deal, so I spoke to several girls in Greek Life on other campuses to see if anything I said was totally wrong and something that would get me immediately dropped; however, no one understood why what happened had actually happened. Everyone I spoke to said I seemed like a great candidate. I know you’re probably thinking that no one would tell me that I didn’t deserve to be called back, but if you continue reading, you’ll see that I have proof that what I said or did wasn’t why I wasn’t invited back.
After digging a little deeper, the reason that I was dropped came out: it had to do with my political beliefs. People had judged me before I had even walked into the room. People based their assumptions of me based on what they heard. They built their character assessments of me off of rumors, not their experiences with me.
Girls claimed that they felt uncomfortable with my decision to support Donald J. Trump in the election in November.
I had gained the reputation of being extremely racist amongst the women in Greek Life. My reputation was totally ruined and slandered by a girl who opened her big mouth and made assumptions of my behavior based on my political views. In my opinion, this is no different than rejecting a girl from an organization because of her race or her religion. I was straight out discriminated against. I now wouldn’t want to be a part of an organization that didn’t even give me a chance, because I believed something different than they did.
I went on to find out that I was the ONLY girl who wasn’t invited back, and that no one looked into that or thought it was weird. I didn’t know what was being said about myself at the time, so I couldn’t even defend myself. I am beyond angry and upset that the National Panhellenic Council would allow such discrimination to occur on Binghamton University’s campus. My reputation has been ruined amongst all of the sororities on campus and many of the fraternities. It is a disgrace that this is allowed to go on.
Everyone that I have spoken to outside of this situation has agreed that this is ridiculous and isn’t an excuse to not call a girl back. I’m writing this article to raise awareness in the hopes that no girl will be discriminated against for her political views in the future. I am not embarrassed at being dropped from every sorority, because I’m a strong girl who can handle it. I am outspoken, and my voice will be heard. If this had to happen to anyone, I’m happy it was me, because I will fight this and bring national attention to this issue.