How I Found My Way at the University of Missouri

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How I Found My Way at the University of Missouri

This is a guest post from one of my current campus ambassadors, Sarah Fitterer. Sarah is a junior at the University of Missouri, majoring in marketing.

There are many perceptions of what college is going be like before entering your freshman year, and many of those can be intimidating.  There are housing decisions, class scheduling, and the most common one among my friends and I was if we should participate in Formal Sorority Rush or not.  This was extremely intimidating to me and I didn’t consider myself a "sorority girl", but the idea of having that sisterhood to help me adapt was very appealing.  In the end, I decided not to rush and figured I could find another way to be involved and have that family feeling on campus.  For my first semester I just went through the motions of adapting to the college life, but still hadn&t found my niche. By the time second semester rolled around, I had heard word of one of our social sororities hosting a spring rush and took advantage of the opportunity. What did I have to lose?

After recruitment I was able to become part of the sisterhood and had made an amazing group of friends, but after a couple semesters I still hadn&t got as much as I had hoped out of the experience.  As I started to explore other options, I had found a student organization dedicated solely to my major, marketing.  This sounded like an amazing opportunity; maybe this was what I had been looking for.  As I was starting to get involved in this new organization, an old roommate had told me about a professional business fraternity that she had rushed.  This sounded like an even better fit for me; this was a chance to get more involved in the business school as well as my major. The following semester, I decided to rush this business fraternity and I haven&t looked back since.   Joining this business fraternity was one of the best decisions I have made.  I feel like I have finally found what I have been looking for since my first days as a college freshman.  I have made relationships that I will keep for years after graduation, as well as developing in countless ways that will benefit me in my future.

Putting myself out there my freshman year and joining a sorority was the first step to a rewarding future.   It not only showed me what I was truly looking for for myself, but it helped me to be open to new experiences and opportunities.  I learned that being intimidated will keep you exactly where you are at and to explore your options because you may just find exactly what you have been looking for.