Growing up, most of the knowledge I had about sorority life was from movies like Legally Blonde, The House Bunny, and Neighbors, and of course the song “Sorority Girl” by Luke Bryan. Neither of my parents were Greek, so most of the information I had about Greek Life came from the media. From this exposure, I had a picture in my head about elitist, party-girls that only cared about appearances. For this reason, I never really cared about getting involved in Greek Life in college. As I got older and some of my friends went through rush and joined sororities, I saw Greek life in a different light, but I still was not completely convinced it was for me.
Greek life, for many years, has been a very controversial component to college social life. As teenage girls we see very opposite spectrums of media portrayal. With the quick google search “greek life”, we are immediately brought to an article titled “Is Greek Life Worth Saving?” This is concerning because Greek Life can get a pretty bad reputation in the media, proving a small number of very large problems can easily place a large toll on the Greek community itself. On the other hand, many influential leaders such as eighteen of our past United States Presidents were involved in greek life. So where do we draw the line? Is Greek Life something we should continue to promote? Should you join a sorority? To try and help give an unbiased opinion about Greek life, I have compiled a list of pros and cons to help you make your own decision about if Greek life is for you!
My first reason to join a sorority is the lifelong friendships that you develop from being surrounded by a group of women bound by similar ideals. I know my best friends in college are members of my sorority. This could be because I spent a lot of time with my pledge class at the beginning of the year when people were getting settled into friend groups. It also could be that these women are the most similar to me. All I know is I love my group of friends in my sorority. This doesn’t mean that I don’t have friends outside of Greek life, but having a go-to group of friends, who are also sisters, is really special.
My first reason to not join a sorority is the time commitment. Unless you have the desire to commit to weekly chapter meetings, philanthropy events, social events, and other smaller sisterhood events, joining a sorority may not be worth your time. I have made my sorority one of my priorities in college, but I know so many girls who don’t have the time to commit to all of the events (both mandatory and optional), and if you can’t be involved, then why join?
My second reason to join a sorority is the opportunity to be a leader. Some of the most influential leaders of the business and political world were involved in Greek life, and this is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed. I have heard the comparison of a sorority to a business, and I thought that was really interesting because it’s kind of true. We are responsible for planning, promoting, and running events, keeping sisters updated about what’s going on in our chapter, promoting academic excellence, and helping each other get involved. I have been able to take on a director position as a freshman, and the leadership experience from being in a sorority is a great resume builder and all-around experience.
My second reason to not join a sorority is the cost. Being in a sorority is not cheap by any means. If you aren’t participating in all of the events, hanging out at the house, and going to meal plan, the cost of being in a sorority may not be a good investment for you. Also, besides the regular dues, the cost of t-shirts and other events put another “hidden” cost on being in a sorority. This is something to consider before investing in a sorority.
When I got into Georgia Tech, everyone I knew told me that I had to rush; many women who I respect told me being in a sorority was their favorite part of college, so I figured maybe it could be a great experience. I looked into Greek life at Tech and figured it wouldn’t hurt to go through the recruitment process and see what life would be like in a sorority. I did some research on all of the chapters on campus, and by looking at their websites and Instagram pages, I got really excited about the great things these women were doing. I saw so many pictures of sorority girls traveling, volunteering, and just having a great time. I decided being in a sorority would be a great way to find a good girl group in a college dominated by boys. Joining a sorority has been a great experience for me. All of the biases that I had coming into college have been proven wrong, and I don’t know whether to credit that to this Institution or to Greek life itself, but regardless I am glad that Greek life is nothing like how it is portrayed in the media.
This being said the “srat life” isn’t for everyone, and that’s perfectly OK! No matter if you join a sorority or don’t, Greek life is an important part of college culture. In a college with Greek life, you will have both Greek and non-Greek friends regardless of if you rush. Greek life isn’t for everyone, and I cannot stress that enough. There is not a right or wrong way to get involved during your college experience, and one of the best aspects of college is getting involved with organizations you love. Greek life is a wonderful thing that I know I love being a part of, but I also have so many friends that are thriving outside of the Greek community, and that is so great as well! I hope this article helped you get a better understanding of if Greek life is the life for you!