Deciding whether or not to join a fraternity or sorority can be tough, especially at colleges and universities where rush occurs in the fall of the freshmen year. You’ve barely stepped foot on campus when you’re asked to choose your BFFs for the next four years! (And they are choosing you). It’s like applying to college all over again!
So here are a few pros and cons to think about when deciding whether or not to go Greek.
PRO: Being in a fraternity or sorority can make a big campus feel smaller. In high school, did you have a tight-knit group of friends that hung together most of the time? Then Greek life may be a great transition to college.
CON: It’s expensive! Each semester there are dues to pay as well as fees for parties, formals, and swag.
PRO: If you join for the right reasons, not just for the parties, Greek life can be an excellent way to develop leadership skills and cultivate a network of alumni. Your LinkedIn is gonna’ explode!
CON: It’s time-consuming! Do you have high aspirations for a higher level degree? Something like medical or law school that screen by college GPA? Studies have shown that student’s GPAs drop while pledging a Greek organization.
PRO: All Greek organizations are philanthropic — some more than others. Are you a giver? You could find a niche!
CON: Hazing! Unfortunately, every pledging season brings stories of tragedy. Usually, these hazing deaths are the result of binge drinking. Do your homework before you join!