When entering college, many students are presented with a variety of organizations to be involved in. This may include participation in sports, fine arts, clubs, or even Greek life. As a college freshman, I chose to participate in Greek life. This descriptively comical, yet personal narrative addresses a rarely approached and insightful perspective into cultural identity. As a new potential member joining a sorority, there exists complex inner conflicts which challenge many young women’s self-identity, values, and potential. I stood out amongst my Caucasian affiliates as an African American, and the pressure to fit in was even greater. In the narrative, “I Am Not Who You Want Me to Be,” my experience in Greek life is illustrated in great detail, and through the eyes of an African American woman. From the struggle of deciding to affiliate outside of my culture’s stereotypical expectations, to reevaluating my self-identity, I am led to discover my true values of what it means to be a part of an empowering organization.
Student Author Biography
Originally from Duluth, Georgia, Gabrielle Weaver is currently a junior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. Gabrielle is a member of the Kappa Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity. Other extracurricular activities have included involvement in Allstar Cheerleading, and seven years as a violinist in orchestra. Her interest in Greek life has been a focal point of her first year as a college student, and has shaped her desire to stay involved as a leader in her community.
"I Am Not Who You Want Me to Be,"
Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 8
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/papersandpubs/vol8/iss1/6
Gabrielle Weaver Publication Date: 2019