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Should I join a Frat/Sorority?

By on January 26, 2013
Fraternities/Sororities

Ultimately, you should follow your gut feeling after testing out the waters. While I don’t think you should decide based on what I’m about to say, I think you should keep these points in mind so you know exactly what you are or aren’t signing up for:

The Good Stuff

– Off-campus housing

– Incredible brotherhood/sisterhood, a close community, and a strong social network.

– Leadership opportunities.

– A strong presence on campus (depending on your school).

– Guidance from older brothers/sisters.

– Scholarship opportunities.

– An alumni program (after you graduate).

– Lifetime friendships.

– Guaranteed entrance to parties.

– Can turn you into a more outgoing and confident person.

The Bad Stuff

– A huge time commitment.

– Membership fees which are generally steep.

– Hazing (if a frat/sorority hazes you, it should be an instant red flag not to pledge)

– More interaction with drugs and alcohol.

While it seems that the good stuff outweighs the bad stuff, that’s not the case. At the end of the day, it comes down to whether it’s right for you. If you’re interested, then try it out and if the life doesn’t fit you then drop out. Keep in mind, most colleges have a variety of business fraternities (co-ed) or other types of non-Greek frats. Check those out as well!

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