April 11th, 2013
“Greek Life is Beneficial for College”
Fraternities or “Greek Life” can be traced back to the east coast when the original 13 colonies were established. “The first fraternity, “Phi Beta Kappa,” was founded at the College of William and Mary, December 5, 1776; it’s the second oldest college in America (Web. Alford.).” Since fraternities were initiated, all fraternities were secret societies. The members of the societies were protected by an oath of secrecy, a badge or key, mottos in Greek, an initiation and a handshake. Still to this day, modern fraternities use the same processes as they did back in the day, however with slight modifications. Fraternities and sororities sweep …show more content…
Some aspects are beneficial and others detrimental. There’s a continuing controversy that “Greek Life” is bad for students and campuses.
There are many misconceptions about “Greek Life.” People believe participating in a fraternity or sorority supports more partying, more drinking, more drug use, more sex, and a lower GPA, as well as being filthy rich. As much as most of these misconceptions are true, they are to an extent. The public always hears about these horror stories about frat brothers taking advantage of drunken girls, which has left a stain on the brothers’ reputation forever. The truth is, any person at college has the opportunity to party hard, be promiscuous, and fail classes. Fraternities and Sororities bring people together in a community that participates in and stands for more than just drinking and partying. To the many stereotypical thoughts about fraternities and sororities, there are some downfalls. Interested students go through a pledging phase and which most people fear the hazing that supposedly still goes on. In the earlier years of “Greek Life,” hazing was the norm. Members did it to their pledges out of tradition and to evaluate to see if pledges really wanted to be …show more content…
Most academic requirements involve a full-time student to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. 50% of students that go into college graduate and get their degree. Of these 50%, 70% of the graduates are fraternity and sorority members. (Web. 7 Adv.) Shocker right? No it’s not. “According to a study of fraternity and sorority members, men who belong to a fraternity are 10% more likely to graduate.” (Web. Gentlemint.) Fraternities and Sororities hold study groups or study hall sessions in locations that all members can get to in order to help one another study and get better grades. They look out for one another. Students that are “all fraternity and all sorority, have higher GPAs than the overall college student GPA.” (Web. Gentlemint.) As well as creating good academics, “Greek Life” creates an athletic environment. With the creations of teams through all of the fraternities and sororities, the “Greek Life” face off in intermural sports tournaments. They compete every year for trophies and reputation at their