What the fraternities and sororities in the US universities are
Probably a lot of students look forward to joining different clubs and organizations as soon as they enrol in college and without a doubt the most famous ones are the fraternities and the sororities. Here we’ll give you a little bit of info about what they are as well as the pros and cons of being a member of them.
Joining Fraternities and Sororities
Nine million college students are members of a Greek house and whether they join to make friends, build their resumes, go to parties or learn leadership skills, they each have an unforgettable experience. The Greek System is initiation-only, so students must introduce themselves to the organization they wish to join, and then the fraternity or sorority decides whether the student will be admitted. Usually, the Greek Societies on a college campus will hold a ‘rush’ period, during which fraternities and sororities hold different types of events, ranging from casual get-togethers to large drinking parties. But sometimes, that’s not all the new candidates have to go through just to get the so yearned membership.
Some fraternities and sororities hold different types of initiation challenges which require the candidate to complete challenges proving their dedication to the ‘Greek Life’. More often than not, those rituals involve silly and embarrassing things, such as wearing dorky costumes, drinking challenges or pulling pranks on your friends.
These events are supposed to be a fun way to allow potential members to become familiar with the Greek System and get to know the current sorority and fraternity members. If at any stage you feel uncomfortable with what you’re being asked to do, or if you’re asked to do something degrading, walk away immediately and inform the college authorities. Initiations like this are known as ‘hazing’, a form of Greek initiation which is not only demeaning, but often dangerous. You should never, ever participate in these ceremonies. Many institutes have already outlawed such practices, so apart from being humiliating, you could be penalized for participating in them.
And at the end of it all, fraternities and sororities decide who will be admitted and who’ll have to try they’re luck someplace else.
Partying vs. Community Service
Fraternities and sororities are often associated with hazing, drinking and partying. So if you like to party, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
While it is true that fraternities and sororities are largely social institutions, the Greek System is also a big proponent of community service. Many fraternities and sororities undertake local service projects, such as tutoring children in the community or raising awareness for charitable causes.
The ratio of party vs. community-service certainly varies from one fraternity or sorority to the next, so it’s a good idea to research specific organizations you may be interested in and find out how active their charity work is vs. their party work!
So what are the pros and cons?
- Boosts your social life
- A close community
- Involvement in volunteer work
- Possibly degrading initiation ceremonies
- Insularity within the Greek house
- Dedicating large amonts of time to Greek activities
But don’t forget that the pros for someone might be cons for another and vice versa, so it all depends on what you’re looking for in a fraternity/sorority.
Finding the perfect fraternity/sorority for you
It’s essential to remember that fraternities and sororities within the Greek system are not all identical. Greek life in college isn’t for everybody, but if you do your research and find an organization that fits what you’re looking for, be it partying or volunteering, you might find the benefits of Greek life are for you.
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