Everyone who has gone to an actual college, (yeah that’s right, I’m making fun of community colleges,) knows about Greek Life. Everyone has their opinion on the fraternities and sororities on their campus. Some love them, some hate them, some are in them but still hate them. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I am, personally, a member of a fraternity. However, I won’t try to sell you on what I think are the awesome parts of Greek Life. Because I’ll be honest with you, as much as I love being a part of Greek Life, I hate it as well.
So to play the impartial person, I’m going to tell you four reasons why joining Greek Life is a good idea and four reasons why joining Greek Life is a terrible idea.
- You’ll Lose Friends – When you pledge a Greek organization, you pledge your life to them for however long it takes you to get in. When you finally do get in, all the parties, mixers and other such events your organization participates in leaves you less and less time to hang out with all the friends you had before hand. Some will get upset you chose people you barely know and chose to go through the “stupid” process to get in to begin with, leaving them behind. Not everyone is fond of Greek organizations and you risk alienating those who don’t look kindly upon it when you pledge.
- Pledging Sucks – There are laws that make hazing someone and allowing yourself to get hazed, felony offenses. There is also laws saying you can’t smoke marijuana for reasons that are not medical related… Do you see where I’m going with this? When you go through it, it sucks ass. I’m just going to leave it at that.
- Drama – There is so much drama between Greek organizations and even inside a single fraternity or sorority. You think you escape the drama when you leave high school but Greek Life pulls you right back into it. This guys sleeping with those two girls at the same time and now their sororities hate each other. Or that girl is going out with him but sleeping with him on the side and the two fraternities broke out into a fight the other night. It is all so stupid and pathetic you will want to hit your head against the wall repeatedly until you pass out.
- Assumptions – There are three main assumptions made about those in Greek Life. First of all, the fact that you are in it means you think you are better then everyone else. The second is that all guys are toolbags. The third is that all girls are whores. This may be true about some of the people, there is no denying that. However, you could be the chillest, most down to earth virgin, and people will just believe that since you are in a fraternity/sorority you are a snobbish tool/whore.
Now lets take a look at some of the pluses of joining Greek Life.
- Gain Friends – Just like you’ll lose friends, you’ll also gain them. Not only will you become friends with almost everyone in your organization, but there are also dozens of other people in other organizations who you will meet and befriend as well. You’ll totally go from like 400 friends on facebook to probably over 600. You’ll be sooooooo popular.
- Always Something To Do – Joining Greek Life means there is always something to occupy you’re nights. Many organizations hold events at bars and clubs throughout town. Many also hold open parties that you can get into even if its closed off. Then there are the mixers, parties between two or more organizations which can include sports teams, which are set up throughout the week. You’ll never lack for a place to go to have a good time or find alcohol, you know, if you’re into that kind of stuff.
- Great Memories – As much as you will absolutely despise going through pledging you won’t be able to help but look back on those things you’ve done with a smile and a shake of your head. There are so many memories you can share with your pledge brothers/sisters and laugh about. In fact you might look so fondly upon your pledging experience you might even think to yourself, “yeah I’d totally go through it again,” even though you hated going through it.
- Experience – If the other members of your sorority/fraternity think you are capable of it, they will elect you into a position. Whether you are the president, treasurer, pledge master or any other number of positions, you will gain experience being in charge of something and having people rely on you to do your job properly. These can only prepare you for later in life. Unless you screw up royally, in which case just disregard this.