Fraternities and sororities have been associated with colleges and universities since the 1700's. They were first established to encourage activities outside of the classroom. There are exciting volunteer opportunities and social outlets available to you when you join one of these organizations. Not everyone will have a fabulous time in a fraternity or sorority however. Fans of sororities and fraternities argue that the Greek system gives students leadership opportunities and lasting friendships. This is true in many cases but unfortunately some sororities and fraternities have little more than excuses for getting drunk and doing potentially dangerous pranks.
Take a look at the next advantages and disadvantages of joining a fraternity or sorority before you make your decision. Some of the advantages of going Greek are for the fun they might bring of meeting other people for anyone who might be a social butterfly. In some cases, fraternities are able to provide housing that is better than dorms. They can also be a powerful asset with the group of friends they can gain you. They teach you to be more at ease in social situations as well as teach you leadership skills. They can also provide lasting friendships and provide you with instant recognition on campus. You will be judged on your appearance, grooming and background when being considered as a member.
The disadvantages include every day for a week of meeting and greeting endless rounds of people, also referred to as rush week. Rejection can be devastating should you not make it into one of these organizations the first or second time around. If you are hanging around the same group of people all the time you are less likely to spread your wings. An instant group of friends can be an excuse not to meet others. You may find that your opportunities are narrowed instead of widened as you had first hoped. Your schoolwork might suffer if you are partying up every night in the frat or sorority house. It can be costly to belong to a fraternity or sorority. You can easily expect to pay several hundred dollars a year and it can be as much as several thousands. There is also potential for disaster. Not all fraternities and sororities have cleaned up their acts.
Ask yourself a few questions when determining if you are going to be part of the Greek system. What are the advantages of joining a fraternity or sorority? What are the disadvantages? Is there any pressure being put on you to join? Weigh all of your options and keep an open mind.
The advantages are endless!
The most obvious advantage is that you will meet TONS of people, not only in your own sorority, but in other sororities, fraternities, and other campus organizations. You will feel much more connected to your school and be able to participate in lots of great events including philanthropy competitions, socials, formals, semi-formals, date functions, sisterhood events and retreats, etc. During rush, I tell the girls that if you wanted to be busy every day, you could be! (Although only our Sunday meetings and a handful of events through the semester are mandatory.)
Additionally, you will be able to network with hundreds of thousands of alumni across the country. Joining a sorority is a lifetime commitment, so you will always have sisters through every walk of life.
You will grow as a person and learn incredible social and leadership skills. The women in sororities are so diverse; you will learn to work with people of all personalities. You will be offered so many leadership positions, both in and out of your sorority. You will probably even be taught different life lessons from time to time, from etiquette, to how to change a tire, to how to have a great job interview!
Most importantly, you will feel the indescribable bond of sisterhood. The rituals you will experience are nothing to be afraid of.. Mostly candlelight, singing, symbolism, and lots of pretty words, but it is comforting to participate...
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