10 Myths of Greek Life

10 Myths of Greek Life

Don't believe the media.

I am in a sorority. I was also someone who said I would never have joined one in the first place. Why? Because I thought that Greek life was shallow, air-head men and women who partied and hazed. That's what everyone sees and hears about on TV and social media, after all. Thing is, I was wrong. The media only ever raises awareness about the negatives, but you don't realize how rare the negatives actually happen, especially at Lawrence Tech.

I'm here to bust a few myths about Greek life through my experiences. 10 Greek organizations, 10 myths.

Myth 1. Your entire life is consumed by your Greek organization.

You have a life outside of Greek life if you choose to. Some people love being all about their organization and that's cool too, but if that's what's keeping you from joining Greek life, let me help. I have a job, 17 credits, I am on the executive board of two organizations including my sorority and am an active member of society. I'm alive and well and honestly, I am able to do these things with the encouragement of my sorority. They hold me up when I'm overwhelmed, and I could not be more grateful. There are many members of Greek life that are more involved than me with more than one job, more credits, more organizations, and yet they find a way to fulfill all of their responsibilities. Don't panic, Greek life isn't going to take over your life.

Myth 2. You're buying your friends.

Let me break down what dues pay for. If you're national/international, you get insurance to protect your members in case of bodily injury or property damage that takes place during a chapter affiliated event as well as assistance in lawsuits filed against your chapter. Dues pay for formal, social events, sisterhood/brotherhood, retreats, recruitment, fundraising supplies, philanthropy events, leadership or professional opportunities (should the organization do so), sometimes transportation, and parent/alumni events to show what your organization has accomplished. You personally benefit from the money you pay and no one in the organization gets that money in their pocket. So no, members are not paid to be friends. It's a pool of funds for everyone's advantage and enjoyment and well-being.

Myth 3. Your grades and health will suffer.

You will be surprised to know how supportive a Greek organization is. Most organizations have a minimum grade point average just to join and some even set, record, and monitor goals for each member based on what they want to accomplish, health-wise and academically. You basically have a support system and cheer-leading squad behind you every day. Get a good grade? Everyone is happy for you. Lose weight or get stronger? Everyone is telling you how good you look. It's an amazing feeling to have people encouraging you and having your best interest in mind.

Myth 4. You will be hazed.

Listen up. Hazing is illegal. There are cases of hazing, but more organizations have joined the anti-hazing campaign than not. Many organizations have contracts to send to their national boards saying they don't haze and they will prevent hazing. If there is a suspicion of hazing, the board will investigate you and shut down your chapter. I can speak for my organization that we DO NOT haze and are strongly against any organization that does.

Our campus has an anti-hazing seminar that all Greeks have to attend or they will not be seen as an active member by the school. You are safer than you realize being in a Greek organization and you will always have people protecting you. If you witness or are a part of hazing, it is your duty to report it. Do not hide it or suffer through it because you want people to like you, it's not worth it.

Myth 5. It's 100% social.

I hate this one. Greek life is so much more than mixers and sisterhood/brotherhood. I have grown so much by being a member of the Greek community. You learn professional skills, leadership, how to run a business meeting, and Robert's Rules of Order. Depending on what position you hold, you learn how to work with money and properly budget a chair and/or event. You learn how communicate with other organizations and with your national board in a professional way and how to manage stressful situations with grace. I strongly encourage Greek life if you want to build yourself as a person.

Myth 6. Other organizations hate Greeks.

The Greek community at Lawrence Tech are large supporters of other clubs and organizations, and those groups return the favor. We make it a point to attend athletic events, Out at LTU with Friends events, international student organizations, Society of Dramatic Arts (SODA), and other Greek organization's events like a volleyball tournament for Leukemia Lymphoma Society, just to name a few. Most of Greek life is involved in at least one other organization or sports team and it's an amazing environment to be a part of.

Myth 7. You have to drink and/or smoke.

This is short and sweet. Nobody can make you do anything you don't want to do. I know plenty of people who don't drink or smoke and nobody forces them to do so. Stand your ground and people will respect you and your decisions. It's a plus if you can be the life of the party without being under the influence.

Myth 8. People will always look down on you for being Greek.

It's true that some people who don't know the inner works of Greek life judge you pretty hard for being a part of it. However, that's what our voice is for. Speak out, share what each organization is all about and the differences they make in the community. Remove the stigma surrounding going Greek. You'll also be happy to see the large alumni network connections Greek organizations have in the working industry. If a job AND a great group of people during your college days and long after isn't a wonderful reason to join, I don't know what is.

Myth 9. Greeks don't talk to you if you decide not to join.

Not joining a Greek organization, or joining a different one, will not make people stop being your friend. As much as people want you to join, you're still going to be their friend; after all, they wanted you for a reason. Don't be afraid to take a chance on finding your perfect fit because of the people around you. Do it for you and the real friends will stay.

Myth 10. Rushing an organization isn't worth it.

Rush, rush, rush! It's always worth it to rush! Free food and events, people constantly asking what you love to do, and finding common interests with people you may have never met otherwise. You might just find a group of people you want to spend a ton of time with even if they have just started the rush process themselves!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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12 Ways To Save Money During The Summer When All You Want Is To Spend It

Saving is important year round, but it's most important in the summer


Over the summer, everyone normally has more free time than during the year, and that means more time to spend more money. Saving money over the summer is important, not only so you can be prepared to pay for things in the future, but also so you can enjoy your summer and no be stressed about how much money you've spent. Saving money is something that should happen year round, but it's especially important to do in the summer.

1. Create a budget

Starting the summer off on the right foot is super important to stay on track throughout the rest of the summer. A budget is something that you should have year round, but it's important to adjust it for your summer plans.

2. And stick to it

Not only do you have to make a budget, but you have to stick to it. If you don't follow your budget, you're wasting time and money, and it's hard to keep on top of finances.

3. Take advantage of student discounts

During the summer, college students find themselves with a lot more free time than in the school year. When you're planning what to do with your extra time, make sure to look if the place offers student discounts or not. Why pay full price when you don't have to?

4. Don't always go out to eat

College students tend to spend time with their friends going out for food or for drinks, and that adds up fast. If you have friends over to cook dinner, it can be healthier and cheaper to do.

5. Sublet

If you have an apartment you're not going to be staying in, or need to stay in Columbus, it's beneficial both ways to sublet. Neither way do you have to pay full price on an apartment, and any discount, no matter how small, saves you money

6. Take day trips

Obviously, no one wants to stay in one place the whole summer, but travel is super expensive. By going on day trips you get to see more of the state or city, but you don't have to pay for lodging overnight. It's a good way to get out without eating into your budget.

7. Walk around

Columbus has great parks and trails that not enough people think about using when they're planning what they want to do. If you walk around outside, you can spend as much time you want there and you don't have to pay anything.

8. Split costs with friend

Do both of you need a Hulu and a Netflix account? Why not share the costs and the passwords with each other, so that you both can save some extra cash in the future. This doesn't just have to be with streaming services, but it can apply to food and parking costs as well.

9. Don't impulsively buy big items

Maybe you've worked a ton recently to start saving for summer, or you have graduation money flowing in. You feel like it doesn't matter how much you spend, but it does. If you hold off on those purchases, and you save your money, you'll be in a better spot financially at the end of the summer.

10. Get a job

The obvious one. If you're doing an unpaid internship or your normal job isn't offering you many hours, then getting a second job where you can work to have a little more money can help you achieve your savings goal.

11. Don't be too hard on yourself

The hardest part of setting goals is when you don't achieve them. Even if you haven't saved exactly as much as you wanted, making even a small change can help your financial wellbeing and can be enough to make small changes in the future.

12. Don't force yourself to make big changes

Everyone's saving tips to Millennials are to stop getting coffee every single day from places like Starbucks. While cutting down on spending in these ways will greatly help you save money, it's not the only thing that will help. There's no reason to make yourself miserable in order to follow the rules of someone else for a small change financially.

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