I Am A Greek Student, But You Know Nothing About Me

I Am A Greek Student, But You Know Nothing About Me

I am so tired of hearing the ridiculous stereotypes, expectations, and assumptions.

I am a young woman.

I am in college.

I am in a sorority.

Stop assuming you know me.

I am so tired of hearing the ridiculous stereotypes, expectations, and assumptions every single person feels they are entitled to throw my way.

Newsflash: you know nothing about me.

Here's the truth.

While I can only really speak for my chapter and my campus, I can tell you these statements are all wrong here. Do people break the rules? Yes. Are there repercussions for breaking said rules? Yes. But that's life and being in college!

"Sororities do not allow alcohol in their chapter facilities...but we all know that's not true."

Sororities are dry, meaning we are not allowed to have alcohol or drugs on chapter property, ever. Case closed.

"I know what you all do on the weekend."

Not all of us go out every weekend?? I don't go out and drink at fraternities, in fact, I haven't been on fraternity property all semester. Some women go out all the time and some never leave the house. None of us care who goes out and who does not. Why are you so obsessed with "proving" all Greek students love to party more than your average college kid?

"You guys are policy compliant? Yeah, no, I know you really aren't."

Hi there. My chapter is policy compliant, you twat. We do not have exchanges with alcohol, we do not haze, we do not force people to go out, we do not spend chapter funds to purchase alcohol, we do not sponsor events that serve minors alcohol. We are policy compliant and proud to be, so stop telling me that we aren't.

"Students only go Greek to party."

I did not go Greek to party. Call me cliche, basic and a faker, but I joined my chapter to build my family. I had nobody at this school who cared about me, and I needed that. Through my chapter, I have found my people, and, guess what? We don't need alcohol to have fun. We would much rather watch movies under a heated blanket with snacks than brave the subzero temperatures in a miniskirt and heels like you think everyone does.

"___ is why all Greek chapters are the same and need to be shut down."

Stop right there. Just, stop. You know nothing about my chapter. I cannot defend every single chapter and sorority woman out there, but I can and will defend mine. We are all different. We all have values and philanthropies and sisterhoods and stupid late-night memories spent watching tv shows in the lounge. We do not deserve to be shut down.

Being Greek doesn't give college kids drug addictions.

Being Greek doesn't send kids to the hospital for overdosing.

Being Greek doesn't make someone a rapist.

Being Greek is not the problem here. Stop taking the easy way out by pointing your fingers at all Greek students. Take responsibility and look at the actual cause of the problems on your campus instead of trying to uncover another reason why you are so much better than every Greek student.

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No Matter How Much You Flaunt Your Letters, Greek Life Does Not Define You

Do what makes you happy, not what everyone else is doing.


As a student at a university with a major sorority and fraternity presence, I know that those unaffiliated, like myself, can't help but wonder if there's something that we're missing out on. Seeing everyone walk around flaunting their letters can make a non-member feel a little left out. I have been told straight to my face "you're going to regret it if you don't rush." But, in all honesty, I don't.

Now, don't get me wrong, being a part of a sorority or a fraternity sounds incredibly fun. With formals to hold, fundraising events to be a part of, "sister photo shoots" to have, and socials to go to, there never seems to be a dull moment for a Greek life member. Not to mention, those affiliated say they have made their absolute best friends through their sororities or fraternities. My friends that are a part of Greek life are always gloating about it, and I can see why. I joined my past roommate at one of her sorority formals and I genuinely had a ball being able to dress up and pretend it was prom again.

However, as wonderful as all of this is, you don't need to be a part of Greek life in order to have THE college experience. Having letters on your shirts does not mean you are any better or any worse of a student than those without them. The letters do not define you.

As an unaffiliated college student, I have still been able to find my group of "forever friends," join clubs, spend nights out, and get an education (since that is, after all, what we're all here for). As cool as it is to be able to stick Greek letters on the back of your laptop, for me, it just leaves more room for stickers of Harry Styles.

Thankfully, college is a lot different than high school — there aren't really any cliques or status rankings. So, if you aren't a part of Greek life, that does not automatically put you at the bottom of the social ladder. At the end of the day, your affiliation does not matter at all. Instead of using a sorority or fraternity as a resumé booster, unaffiliated students can fill those blanks with other work, internship, volunteer, or extracurricular opportunities.

Sure, being a Greek life member may allow you to network and get connections for future careers, but it isn't the only way to do

so. Employers will not pick those in a fraternity over those who are not. They simply look for well-rounded individuals who are involved in something.

So, whether or not you're a part of a sorority or fraternity, I applaud you for making your own decisions and hopefully taking the college route that you wanted to. It does not matter what you are affiliated with, as long as it makes you happy. Otherwise, you aren't missing out on anything special.

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