Katie captures your attention from the first page of the book. I can relate to her in that my family isn't the church-going type and I haven't stepped foot inside of a church or Bible study in about ten years. And in case you're wondering- yes, I do believe in God! I just haven't been in touch with him for quite some time. Anyways, Katie's story of reconnecting with God is inspiring and you need to it.
In case you don't know, I'm an Alpha Omicron Pi at Ball State University (yes, I know it's a funny name for a college). I'm also the sweetheart of Sigma Chi, so Greek Life means a lot to me. I work for a company called University Tees, where I sell customized apparel to student organizations on campus. Through this position, I've watched Greeks start trends on my campus. Like Katie mentions in her book, sorority girls changed the apparel industry when they decided that oversized Comfort Colors shirts were cool. I sell thousands of Comfort Colors tees on my campus every year! Greek women start trends with many other brands and styles as well- the sherpa's, fuzzy quarter zips, washed-out "dad" hats, customized Patagonias... the list goes on!
So what if sorority girls decided that shopping for products made by people struggling in third world countries were cool? Or products made ethically? The entire world would reap the benefits from this change! Like Katie mentioned in her book, even planning social events at places such as animal shelters, nursing homes, and after school programs can make a huge impact on the local community.
Another possible opportunity us sorority women have is to change the dating world. If Greek women decided that they deserve more from men, the dating culture will change. For instance, if all girls turned away the boys who drank too much or didn't respect girls' bodies, those boys would have no option other than to step up. I loved reading this chapter in the book because I can relate to it. I've dated a few guys that were everything I didn't need. After failing to find the right one for me, I upped my standards. I met my now-boyfriend Jake at a fraternity party at the end of my sophomore year and when he tried to kiss me that night, I stopped him. I let him know that I wasn't that kind of girl and you know what happened? He stepped up. He showed me that he respected me and would wait for me. It sounds silly, but small things like this have the potential to change today's dating culture. All of you forever-single girls should read this chapter, it changed my outlook on dating completely.
This book also taught me a lot about friendships. After all, you are who you surround yourself with, so it's important to cut toxic people out of your life. But when doing so, don't forget to take a look at yourself and make sure you're being a good friend as well. Katie's stories caused me to reflect on myself and my friendships. One thing that I absolutely love about the book is the action steps featured at the end of the chapters because they make you stop, think, and make a change.
Sorority Girls Can Change the World is full of advice and stories that I think many girls my age should read. It's uplifting, inspiring, and full of Katie's humor. Like I said earlier, I'm not the most religious person but this book makes me want to be. I'm so glad that Katie sent me her book because it has changed my perspective on life and I hope that more young women take the time to read this.
Cheers to all the world-changers out there, let's do this!