It may be one of the things on your college bucket list. Even if it’s not there, you are going to see it close up during your college years. Greek life and Greek letters with a bunch of social events almost every single week, and throwing your sorority’s sign whenever possible may seem like the kind of experience that Greek life involves.
It may be one of the things on your college bucket list. Even if it’s not there, you are going to see it close up during your college years. Greek life and Greek letters with a bunch of social events almost every single week, and throwing your sorority’s sign whenever possible may seem like the kind of experience that Greek life involves. Here are 7 things you should take into consideration before you join a sorority at college:
- Being in a sorority is a time commitment. Greek life is not only about social events or spreading the word about one sorority. It involves spending a lot of time on the meetings where you communicate with each other and plan everything. It also involves participating in philanthropic activities, which adds up even more hours to your schedule.
- There are strict rules. Most sororities are governed by the National Panhellenic Conference, which has strict rules and guidelines all members must follow. Sororities get fined for every rule that is broken. So it’s very important for everyone to follow them, and stay away from the trouble.
- Every sorority is different. Different schools have different sororities, with different rules applied to them. Every single chapter is unique, and it’s not the same as the other one. Every house has a different stereotype and experience, so you need to do research and see what type of experience you are looking for.
- Grades are a big deal. Every school is different, but if you want to join and stay in a sorority, you have to meet a certain GPA guideline, and maintain it throughout your stay. Your GPA affects the whole house’s GPA ; therefore, it makes academics very important. Many people found it to be the best motivation to study harder.
- Greek life is different everywhere. In bigger colleges and universities, there is a bigger variety of Greek letters, and more people are involved in Greek life. However, if you are going to a smaller college, you may find only 10% of students involved in the campus activities. Even if it’s the case, it shouldn’t stop you from joining a sisterhood if you want to.
- You won’t get along with everyone. And you are not expected to. You will be close with some people, but not be close with someone else. Wearing the same letters doesn’t mean you are going to like each other. But the most important thing is that you are going to share a sisterly bond with them. Also, being friends with the people from other sororities is not taboo, so you can make friends in other Greek circles or outside of the circle too.
- It’s not only parties. One of the most incorrect assumptions is that sorority life is all about parties. However, it’s not true. There are a lot of parties, but it doesn’t consist only of them, and it’s not the point of being Greek. You should be really committed to it and enjoy the experience.
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