Are you considering going Greek at college? You’re not alone!
Thousands of students across the country will vie for a chance to make it into a Greek house. We’ll share the pros and the cons of Greek life.
The Pros of Going Greek
Make New Friends – But you won’t only make new friends (and create a bond that could last lifetime) but you’ll also be establishing fantastic networking benefits. If you ever have a problem or need help, you’ll know just where to turn! Joining a Greek house could also put you closer to that dream job than you think.
Fancy Digs — Not a huge fan of your college roommate? That’s not a problem if you have the chance to move in with your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers! Greek housing accommodations can be a welcome improvement over the typical college dorm room.
Community Service – A big part of sorority and fraternity life is often found in helping others. Whether you are cleaning up trash along a riverbank, tutoring elementary school children, or hosting a food drive for the local food pantry, Greek houses are often very committed to making a difference. And that’s something that you can feel very proud of indeed.
Academic Achievement — While this may not hold true in every Greek house, many are very concerned with academic achievement. In fact, Greek fraternity brothers and sorority sisters may be a source of encouragement and academic assistance to help you improve your GPA.
The Cons of Going Greek
Exclusivity — Since not just anyone is allowed in, being invited may make you feel a bit privileged and entitled. Will you let your ego take over? Once you leave college, rest assured that your Greek association will offer no special treatment in the workplace!
It’s a Matter of Time – When you join a Greek house, there may not be time for much else! If you were planning to be involved in a variety of other campus clubs and organizations, you may have to think again! Although every Greek house is different, some are so busy with party planning, group meetings, community service, and committing to on-campus volunteer work that it just doesn’t leave room for much else, even on weekends.
Money Matters – Unfortunately, Greek life isn’t free. If you don’t have the ability to pay the dues, you may be out of luck! They can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. It’s an important factor to consider.
Greek Life at College
It all comes down to one thing: you’ll never know unless you try!
If you are curious about Greek life, then why not give it a go? At the very least, you will realize it’s not for you and you can continue on to something else. But if it is, you may make friends and enjoy experiences that will last your whole life.
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