37 Things Only Ex-Cheerleaders In A Sorority Will Understand


  1. You have as many practice shirts as you do sorority shirts.
  2. Someone saying cheerleading isn’t a sport angers you as much as when people say you pay for your friends.
  3. Going to the beach means there will be equal amounts of pictures throwing back tucks and throwing your letters.
  4. You had no problem adjusting to the full social calendar of being a sorority because you were used to spending the same amount of time in the gym.
  5. You have a love/hate relationship with recruitment, just like you had a love/hate relationship with national competitions.
  6. The recruitment chair always uses you as an exemplary door stack because of your tight motions and awesome facials.
  7. You’re the one doing everyone’s hair during recruitment because you can make anyone’s hair hold a curl.
  8. Your ankles, knees, and hips pop all. the. time.
  9. People assume you joined a sorority or became a cheerleader for the social status, but let’s be real, that’s only half of it.
  10. You could probably still do a heel stretch if you tried.
  11. And the splits.
  12. You just tried to do a heel stretch and the splits, just to prove you could.
  13. Rushing as a freshman was basically as stressful and fun as cheer camp.
  14. Your sisters always include stunts or tumbling in skits, solely to show off your incredible skills.
  15. You can throw a back handspring at any given time.
  16. Neither cheerleading nor sorority life is all about looks, but you’d be lying if you said it didn’t matter.
  17. You don’t need help doing a keg stand. You’ve known how to hold a handstand for years.
  18. The bonds of sisterhood are just as strong in a team as they are in a sorority.
  19. You trust your sisters as much as you trusted your stunt group.
  20. If there are cheerleaders in your family, you have a family stunting picture.
  21. Everyone assumes you’re stupid because you’re in a sorority and you were a cheerleader. Joke’s on them. You learned a long time ago no pass, no play.
  22. Your daily uniform of Soffe shorts and cheer shirts were replaced with Norts and letters.
  23. Your room in high school was filled with trophies and cheer memorabilia, and now your dorm in college is filled with everything sorority.
  24. You’re one of the lucky few who don’t lose her voice during recruitment, because you know how to yell with your diaphragm.
  25. You didn’t gain the freshman 15 because you can’t imagine going a week without going to the gym.
  26. If you were a flyer, you’re always the one at the bottom of the doorstack, and you have the knee bruises to prove it.
  27. You’ve almost said “Yes, coach” instead of “Yes, Madame President.”
  28. You realize that you actually did more hazing in high school cheer than in your sorority. Whoops.
  29. That annoying trend of sorority girls wearing bows? It came from cheerleaders transitioning into sorority girls.
  30. Your work ethic and dedication to your sorority stems from your cheerleading days.
  31. You felt the same amount of pride getting to wear your letters for the first time as you did putting on your National Championships jacket.
  32. Greek Week is your time to shine.
  33. The leadership skills you learned being Captain/Co-captain make you a shoe-in for an exec position.
  34. Cheerleaders and sorority women are not at all who they are stereotyped to be.
  35. You can smile through anything.
  36. Being a cheerleader and being in a sorority is for life.
  37. Wearing you letters, like wearing your uniform, is a privilege, and you treat it as such.

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Cristina Montemayor

Cristina is a Grandex Writer and Content Manager. She was an intern for over two years before she graduated a semester early to write about college full time, which makes absolutely no sense. She regretfully considers herself a Carrie, but is first and foremost a Rory. She tends to draw strong reactions from people. They are occasionally positive. You can find her in a bar as you're bending down to tie your shoes, drinking Dos XX and drunk crying to Elton John. Email her: (not .com).

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