Hi! My name is Ashtyn Adams. I am a third year student at the University of Arkansas, and I am a part of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority on campus.
Coming into freshman year at the U of A, I knew I wanted to make friends and find a community of people to do life with. As many freshman girls do, I thought joining a sorority would be the best way to do that.
Going through recruitment was an interesting experience. I got to meet so many new people in such a short amount of time, many of which I am still friends with today. Even with the good that comes from it, recruitment can be a tough experience for many girls as they struggle with finding a place where they belong. I remember being so sad seeing so many girls looking for their worth in which sororities they went back to each day because they did not know their worth is found in their Creator. At the end of the recruitment experience, I ended up in the same sorority my mom was in years before me and with 400 new "sisters."
Despite being a part of this giant new community, it was hard to find a group of girls that I felt I fit in with, and, because of that, freshman year was very lonely. I knew I wanted a group of people to grow in my faith with, but I was not actively seeking it out, and I did not get involved with a local church or any campus ministries.
The following summer, I was going through a bible study with some girls from my home church, and, through lots of prayer, it became very apparent to me that I was not using my time in college well. I did not want to continue in this pattern, so I came back for sophomore year ready to seek out the community I needed.
Part of the start of the new school year meant doing recruitment again as an in-house member. Having this recruitment experience from the other side allowed me to spend more time with girls in my sorority and make better connections. One sweet friendship that came from this time was my friend, Robyn. Robyn just so happened to also be our sorority’s chaplain who hosted community group, which is basically a bible study each week for girls in adpi. Over the next semester, I got to meet with these girls and have that community I had been longing for in my sorority. In addition to this, I found out about the BCM through some friends, and was able to get plugged into this community, and eventually also with a local church.
Now, I stay in greek life because of the unique opportunity I have as a Christian in greek life. Covid has not made it easy to take full advantage of this, but there are so many girls I now have something in common with which could allow a spark in conversation and a friendship which could help point someone to the gospel. This is an opportunity I do not want to take for granted over the remainder of my time on campus. Greek life is a place which desparately needs the gospel, not unlike many other communities here. I can see how the Lord has been faithful and working over the past few years in my life, and I hope to be able to be a reflection of His light to my sorority.
Whether you are reading this as someone considering joining greek life or just to learn a little more about it, know there is a lot of good and a lot of opportunity that can come from greek life. Just like anything else you will be a part of, greek life is a mission field. We are not called to just take the gospel to far away places, but also to the places He has put us in right now.