I’m going to be brutally honest with you, rushing a fraternity was nothing I saw myself doing. But I did it anyway, and even though I’m proud of it, pretty much everyone can tell that I’m not like my brothers. I may not know how the Greek life is at your specific college or university, but I think we can all agree on one thing: there’s always that one guy who’s an oddity but a necessity in his frat. Here are a few things to look out for if that sounds like you:
1.You don’t look as handsome as the rest of your brothers.
You probably aren’t the first pick for sorority formals. And your head shots aren’t that glamorous to everyone around you. But your version of “sexy” comes from within, not in a Kodak picture-perfect smile or a six-pack. And that, sir, is what makes you the most attractive man in your chapter.
2.You get along too well with brothers and sisters outside of your fraternity.
You get along with them so well that you don’t make enough time to hang out with your own brothers. Literally everyone on campus is your brother and your sister, and you're too welcoming to pick and choose who shouldn't be in your family. That being said, you might as well be the odd sibling out, but they know very well that their own families wouldn't be as amazing without you.
3.You take the risks that nobody else in your chapter is willing to do.
You willingly do the dirty work and don't necessarily mind it. And if that means dancing to Rush songs for two and a half hours in the middle of the wilderness during a race, then you take that chance because nobody else raised his hand. And yes, I once had to do exactly that. I’m surprised that nobody’s made a meme out of me yet, honestly.
4.You rushed for the brotherhood, not an advertisement.
You could care less if your fraternity has a cool house, cheap (or not-so-cheap) dues, or even better competition compared to other fraternities. At the end of the day, you care more about your brothers and their well-being than any other aspect of the organization. Not that your brothers don’t care about you or that you don’t like having frat-life privileges, but you prioritize your brothers’ hearts over everything that you do.
5.You deliberately avoid certain actions for the sake of your fraternity.
You even abstain from getting drunk. Not because you hate alcohol, but because there’s a moral aspect and professional aspect about your character that you don’t want to taint any more than it already is. You strive to represent your fraternity with the utmost respect and pride. Plus, you don't find much enjoyment in knocking yourself out for the sake of forgetting problems that you still have to deal with anyway.
6.You live out the motto of your fraternity in the most unexpected places.
You’re a better man in a public bathroom, for crying out loud. But all joking aside, you take being a frat guy to an extremely new height. The only reason you look weird is because nobody has reached your standards yet. Don’t be ashamed to be the misfit of your fraternity. That’s the reason why your brothers need you and vice versa. You're the perfect fit for them.
As for me, I’m grateful and honored to be the atypical Delta Sig. YITBOS