There are many misconceptions about Greek life on almost every college campus. The most misunderstood aspect of it definitely comes with sororities and the girls that choose to participate in that culture. Whether it is during recruitment that people come up with stereotypes, or if they were preconceived from "Legally Blonde", they tend to stay present despite backlash from girls in Greek life. Here is a list of popular misconceptions about the female Greek community that, believe it or not, do not ring true.
1. Our friendships are based on partying.
Just like any girl, of course, we enjoy the occasional wine night or party on campus. What college student doesn't? However, the misconception comes when people assume that the only bonding comes from partying and getting drunk with friends.
2. We only look for "pretty" girls during recruitment.
This is a surprise to many outside of the Greek community, just because recruitment and rush have such negative connotations with their names. Sororities are a lot less superficial than one would think. We try to find girls that best fit the house which includes looking at what they are involved in and who they are as people rather than what they look like on the outside.
3. We all fit into our house stereotype.
Whether it is Greek Rank or other students on campus defining what the girls are like in each house, those stereotypes definitely fizzle when you meet the girls. There are mixes of all kinds of people in every house, so it is almost impossible to label the house as a whole.
4. We haze our new members.
This stereotype is one that is definitely starting to fade as schools get more and more strict about Greek life. Whether or not it is true if fraternities haze, the same cannot be said about sororities. At least for the sororities at Santa Clara University, hazing is not tolerated at all.
5. We all are happy and love one another ALL of the time.
Many people see sorority girls on social media posting professionally edited videos of them dancing around while a song by the Chainsmokers plays in the background. While this may have happened to make the video, it is not how we act all of the time. Sorority girls are normal people that have good days and bad, and we are not just happy robots that smile and laugh all the time.
6. Sororities don't mix with other sororities.
I have to say I definitely thought that this was how Greek life was before joining. However, I am happy to say that I am friends with someone in each sorority at Santa Clara. We are not all in competition with one another like people think, which allows us to branch out and meet other girls during their different events.
7. Greek life is only good for temporary friends.
As cliche as this may sound, I honestly hope to see some of the friends I have made at my wedding in the future. The girls I have met truly are amazing individuals so the idea of "buying friends" and having this be a temporary relationship is false from my perspective. The girls in my sorority are the first to check in on me whenever anything is wrong so I can tell they are going to be around for awhile.
8. We are all cookie cutters of one another.While we all may dress the same for recruitment, each girl in a sorority is different from one another. We all have our own lives and participate in different extracurriculars that make us unique. The best part is that we are all able to meet such a diverse group of women and be exposed to so many different perspectives of life.
9. We are all "rich girls" that only care about the superficial things in life.This could not be more false. While dues end up costing a lot of money, almost all of the girls I know in my sorority pay for the dues themselves. Not only this, but most of the girls in my sorority also work throughout the year while going to school, which is extremely admirable.
I was a culprit of believing these things about sorority girls once, and now I am one and absolutely love it. As recruitment comes around the corner for many schools it is good to keep in mind these stereotypes and to remember not to "judge a book by its cover" because oftentimes there is more to a person than meets the eye.