Surviving College: Greek Edition
There are pros and cons to joining Greek life, I personally think there are more pros, but I guess you could say my opinion is a little biased.
I’ll admit it. I am a sorority girl. I dress up for themed parties and I sometimes wear bows in my hair. I know there are thousands of videos mocking typical sorority girls and “frat stars”. But whether you like it or not, Greek life is big at many schools all around New Jersey and the rest of the country. Deciding whether to join Greek life is not always an easy decision, especially if you are faced with the choice first semester, when some schools start rush.
A lot of people are under the impression that Greek life is simply there for partying. I won’t lie; the social aspects are a big part of Greek life. But it’s not everything. You’ll have a ton of fun partying it up with your sorority sisters or frat brothers, but it’s more than just a get together. Brother and sisters become your family. I know that sounds cheesy, but the bond you get from hanging with them is strong. Keep in mind that your school will offer more than one chapter, and each frat or sorority will have their own image and personality. The whole idea of rush is to find the group that most fits you, and what you want. Don’t be hesitant from joining just because you think all the girls are mean or all the guys are obnoxious, because most chapters aren’t like that at all.
As said above, Greek life is huge all over the country. Even as your school, no matter what size, sororities and fraternities are a great way to meet new people. There are so many connections to be made that can not only bring friends, but help long after you graduate. Being alum of a sorority or fraternity can help in the workforce and create common ground. It can help finds jobs, as well as well as look good on a resume.
As great as it is, Greek life can take up a lot of time. There are so many different events to go to, time management is key for every brother and sister. School comes first, so if you know that Greek life will take up too much time, it may not be right for you. Letting your chapter become your whole life can be dangerous. To be well rounded, participate in a few other groups or clubs your passionate about as well as your chapter.
Another note to consider is that Greek life is expensive. Dues are to be paid every semester and they aren’t cheap. Be mindful that along with dues, apparel, and other items the bill can really add up. However, every chapter nominates a treasurer, who is there to handle all money aspects. Working with them to help afford Greek life is what they are there for.
Although not all true, there are certain perspectives on Greek life.Check out tons of funny videos online that depict sorority and fraternity life. Also, if you are already in Greek life, or now alum, see where your sorority ranks in the country by clicking here, and here fraternity ranks.
Being in Greek life can be extremely rewarding. There is no doubt you will have a sense of belonging in your chapter. You will gain friends for life and experiences to remember forever. But also know you can have a great college experience without Greek life too. It is more than possible to have fun without partying in a frat basement. If you are still unsure with what you want, just try out rushing. If you don’t like it, then just drop it! No harm done. However, you may be surprised and find that it’s really enjoyable and you want to stick with it. Whatever you choose, have an open mind and love your four years at school!