If you are heading off to college, you may be wondering if you should join a sorority. The Greek System, of which sororities and fraternities are a part, is more important on some campuses than others. But it can be a great way to meet people, be part of a community, and help you acclimate to a large university campus by being part of a smaller social group.
Most colleges with a Greek system will have some type of “Greek Week” which will involve a “Rush” with new, prospective members. If your school has Rush Week, it gives you a chance to visit different houses, meet current members, and become familiar with the goals and ideals of each sorority. It will give you a chance to get to know different sororities, as well as a chance for them to get to know you—hopefully you will find a group with whom you share common values.
Advantages of Sorority Life
The main advantage of being part of a sorority is that you will meet people. If you are attending a large campus, this can be especially helpful. You will immediately have a smaller social group to help you adjust to campus life. Being part of a sorority has many other advantages. Sororities are often focused on philanthropic work, so you cannot not only become involved in great social causes, you will also, by default, become more involved in campus activities and functions. By being a part of these efforts you will undoubtedly gain social and leadership skills.
Perhaps most importantly, you will gain lifelong friendships with your sorority sisters. And because you met at college, while you were all striving for the betterment of your education and careers, you will also be connected to a lifelong network of people who can help you out during both career and life downturns.
Disadvantages of Sorority Life
There are, of course, some negatives to the Greek System, the biggest one being the financial commitment. If you are heading off to college, you are already aware of the financial burdens of tuition and room and board. Joining a sorority, and paying the club fees, adds one more financial obligation. And because of their social and philanthropic activities, sororities also present a time commitment above and beyond normal campus life.
A Personal Decision
Joining a sorority or not is a personal decision. It depends on personal desires, finances, and the ability to commit to sorority obligations. If you are interested in joining a sorority, attend your school’s Rush Week to get a feel for each of the sororities philosophies, activities and members. The best advice: if you meet a group of people that you believe will enhance your college experience—join. If you meet a group of people who make you uncomfortable and who’s social ideals are different than yours—don’t join.