7 Things People Will Tell You When You Join A Co-Ed Professional Fraternity

7 Things People Will Tell You When You Join A Co-Ed Professional Fraternity

"So it's like a fraternity where all you do is study together?"
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1."You mean a sorority right?" 

Pretty much, except we also let our male members join in on the sorority squatting and girl talk. #inclusion

2. "So both guys and girls can join?" 

We also accept applications from dogs, dolphins, hobbits, Grindylows, Hippogriffs, Inferi, Ninja Turtles (regular turtles need not apply), and the occasional evil spirit contained in a videotape.

3. "What if people start dating?"  

We require them to embroider a Scarlet "A" on their chest and stand on a scaffold in public for as long as we see fit. We used to just banish them from the village but the population was getting too small... but actually, for the most part we turn our heads the other way until they care to admit what everyone else already knows.

4. "I don't think Greek Life should be Co-Ed."  

I don't think the Comic Sans font and pumpkin spice flavored cream cheese should exist, but isn't it nice to have opinions?

5. "So is it like an honor society?"  

It's exactly like an honor society except without the honor society part.

6. "So it's like a fraternity where all you do is study together?"

Absolutely. We discuss Treasury Bill Rates and the Principals of Accounting and when that conversation runs its course we twiddle our thumbs until its time to go to class. Sometimes when we're feeling wild we go to office hours together.

7. "Why didn't you join regular Greek Life?" 

In all seriousness, Greek Life should be about finding an organization where you feel as though you belong. With people and values with whom you can identify. I have a chapter full of people in my life who taught me a lot about not only professionalism, but myself as a person. They are my family away from home, so I can comfortably say I found what I was looking for.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.
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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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The Electoral College Is Collapsing And Taking America With It

The electoral college is how America has elected Presidents for centuries, and it's falling apart.

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If you don't know what the electoral college is, you might want to revisit your U.S. history teacher. The Electoral College was created in the 19th century to create a cushion between us citizens and the election of a president.

See, there were these federalist dudes that were so afraid of tyranny that they did as much as they could to create obstructions before America fell into the hands of the all-mighty powerful.

Well sorry to disappoint you Hamilton, but we are already there. President Trump literally leads a spiral of tyrannical destruction which means our only hope lays in the hand of the democratic party. Thing is: they're still salty from 2016 and want to abolish the electoral college. (Yes, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, I'm talking about you.)

We're a little screwed.

The electoral college is how they, the Democrats, lost in 2016. Hillary Clinton had the popular vote, but with the way the electoral college is, Donald Trump won.

The electoral college is a certain number of votes per state based on population, no less than three, that represent the state in voting for president of the United States. Here's the kicker: it's a winner take all system, for 48 states.

Basically, if 51% of State A voted for Trump, then 100% of the electoral college of State A voted for Trump. The electoral college favors smaller states overrepresenting them which means miscalculating an election winner.

Democrats are salty and anti-Trump conservatives want him gone without putting a far-left liberal as president (*cough* Bernie).

When you scratch the surface of how useless the electoral college is, you get to see some of the benefits of what our founding fathers were thinking. Sure, it supports a dominant two-party system, but geographically speaking, smaller rural states that wouldn't have a voice without it get one.

Also, bigger states don't have to deal with the sh*tshow of processing ballot, possible voter fraud, run-offs, and more of the unwanted stuff.

The electoral college may be flawed but it's also essential to our democracy — yet so many Democrats want to abolish it.

The electoral college is falling apart and so is America.

Our bipartisanship has broken away over the years, and if we want to save our country, we must learn to work together. We must fix it not throw it away.

This means the great candidates running for office in the Democratic Party must work together, not against each other, in choosing the front-runner to go up against our tyrannical president to win the electoral college, not just popular vote.

However, in the end, whether we are Democrat, Republican, or independent, we are all on team USA.

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