5 Stereotypes About Greek Life That Are Completely NOT True

5 Stereotypes About Greek Life That Are Completely NOT True

"All Greek Life does is party"

1. "All Greek life does is party"

Contrary to very popular belief this is indeed false. College kids in general party, it happens, but it’s not fair to categorize a group of great college kids as party animals. The sole purpose for many sororities and fraternities is to celebrate a special bond together such as sisterhood or brotherhood. Another big aspect of Greek life is to support the org’s philanthropy. A lot of people don’t know fraternities and sororities each have their own organization that they volunteer with and fundraise for all year. This fundraising can take many hours and a lot of the times the philanthropy events take place on weekends as well, leaving no time to party and only time for the orgs to give back to their community. If anything, Greek orgs are some of the most generous organizations on campus.

2. You have to be good looking to “get in”

False. There are no ratings of photos or appearance during the behind the scenes of Rush week or recruitment like the movies. The only reason a photo is required during the joining process is so that active members can put a name to a face. During recruitment/rush, the only thing potential new members are rated on is who they are on the inside. There are so many different people involved in Greek life there is no point in being biased on choosing members based off looks nor is there any tolerance for it. We all come from different backgrounds, the only similarity in looks we have are our T-shirts we wear on bid day.

3. All of Greek life “hooks up” with each other

False. First off, yes, some sorority girls and fraternity boys do end up dating, and it's totally normal, that’s just one way people meet like any other college student might meet someone in class and end up dating, totally normal. However, all of Greek life does spend a significant amount of time together whether it be at mixers/socials or supporting each other's philanthropy events. So, yes, sororities and fraternities do have a close bond but not the kind that a lot of people assume, we’re all more just like one big family.

4. People in Greek life have low GPA’s and get to stay in their org anyways

False. It is hard for all college students to maintain a high GPA, however, it is very important for those in Greek life to maintain their chapter's GPA in order to stay an active member. It is almost more crucial for those in Greek life to maintain a good GPA in order for them to be in good standing in their chapter, to hold positions and doing well in school is important as well. There are no special exceptions for those in Greek life, we’re expected to do our best in classes just as much as any other student.

5. We’re all the same

False. Sororities and fraternities are much like any other club, a group of people who share similar passions but come from different backgrounds. From my experience in my chapter I have noticed many girls with different majors, ages and cultures, and yet we all manage to be friends regardless of our differences. In fact, our differences are appreciated and are what makes our chapter so unique.

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To The Girl Who Doesn't Feel That Rush Is 'Worth Her Time'

Rushing and recruitment is sometimes a bit overwhelming, but the end product is so worth it.

"What really is rush?"

"Is it even worth my time?"

"Will the girls in Greek life even want me?"

First off, there are too many “what-ifs” to count in this situation. Rush is hectic and wild and at Indiana, it’s “extra.” Visiting 22 houses and picking one in a span of a week and a half is hard. It’s cold and wearing heels to walk through the snow is so stupid. It is so easy to assume girls would not like you because the Greek system seems so picky and there are around two thousand girls who rush and only nine hundred get bids.

The “what-ifs” exist, trust me I know. I struggled to decide whether or not to rush. I didn’t want to go through it if I was going to come out the other side completely empty-handed. The whole process relies on you to be outgoing and charismatic and for many people that is hard.

But it is worth it in the end.

You have to remember there are other factors going into this argument.

You walk around in the cold and stand at the entrance to the door for 10 to 20 minutes to get into their beautiful house you’d never get to see otherwise.

You talk to over sixty girls and make new friends and find connections you never knew existed.

You go to 22 houses to find the one you can’t wait to call home.

If you are like me and are on the fence about deciding whether or not to rush at IU or any other school for that matter, know that you are not alone as well. Many girls go into rush not knowing what to expect at all. You don’t have to worry about going in blind, you have a Rho Gamma and many other girls to back you up. You can do it and quite honestly, what have you got to lose? It’s the choice between finding a forever home and just not getting in and in the end, finding a home is worth the risk. It was for me.

Sincerely,

The girl who had no idea what she was getting into, but is so glad she did
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Rush Is Not Scary Or Hard, TBH It's Just Girl Flirting

This is what rush is actually like.

I'll be the first person to admit to you that I am the last person you would expect to join a sorority. I'm hesitant to join big groups because I'm the absolute worst at introducing myself to new people and putting myself outside of my comfort zone.

However, due to where my first semester freshman year took me, I decided to do the one thing I told everyone I would never do: and I rushed. To my surprise, the recruitment process is nothing like I imagined it being, a complete opposite of the numerous portrayals I have seen throughout my life.

(Full disclosure: my school, Indiana University, does not have girls rush until the week before second-semester starts, and in all honesty, I probably would not have decided to rush within the first few weeks of freshman year.)

First of all, the recruitment process itself is not as intimidating as you would expect it to be. I was grouped with other girls rushing and we went from house to house talking to the chapter's members in an informal interview format.

Questions would vary from them asking about your major, your family, and your location on campus to what animal describes you and more "fun" questions like this. Not once are you left to find someone to talk to during the time at each chapter, rather a member of the sorority will escort you to a location in the house where you can have a quick conversation before another person in the house interrupts to get to know you.

Upon arrival to each chapter, the members prepare chants or even songs to sing to the PNM's (AKA potential new members). The idea of this is to be as catchy as possible so you remember the chapter's letters upon further reflection of the sororities you did or didn't like. Also, it's important to note that not "liking" a sorority does not have any reflection on you or the chapter itself. Many times it depends on how well the conversation was among the three or four girls you chatted with.

Sometimes conversations don't go well, and as a result, you may be cut from that chapter. This in no way is meant to destroy your confidence or cause tears because, in reality, the member's interviewing you are trained to figure out whether you will fit into the house's personality, or if another house will suit you better.

None of the girls that I talked to seemed superficial or mean, much like the picture I had envisioned in my head. In fact, many of the recruiters told me they hadn't pictured themselves in a sorority either. Learning this really opened my eyes to what greek life actually is on campus. Preconceived notions which used to put a bad taste in my mouth were quickly proved wrong, so if you find yourself worried about not fitting in to the sorority girl image, I assure you that there is no single type of sorority girl.

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