Rise Above the Stereotypes
Start writing a post
Student Life

Rise Above the Stereotypes


You’ve heard them. I’ve heard them. The Greek community is branded by them.

 As great as this university is, Michigan State is notorious for the clichéd stereotypes about Greek life and its different fraternities and sororities. There are four common stereotypes whispered and shared around campus that reflect poorly on the Greek community. It’s time to debunk these silly rumors the Greek system has been labeled by and tell everyone the truth.

1.    You’re basically paying for friends 

This stereotype is extremely untrue. Greek life is so much more than formals, flip cup, and free t-shirts. Like anything for a national organization, money is involved and dues must be paid. But sisterhood and brotherhood is priceless. Money can’t buy the amazing memories made or the love you have for your brothers or sisters.

      2.    The inappropriate nicknames

Every sorority and fraternity has a nickname around campus that skews the image of their particular sisterhood or brotherhood. Many have heard dumb sayings or rhymes about a certain frat or sorority that is not remotely true about the organization. Decide for yourself if you like them or not, don’t listen to the ridiculous gossip murmured around campus.

3.  It’s all about the party

False. Parties come and go and they are always super fun but that’s not what Greek life is all about.  The experiences shared with your sisters or brothers are much more than that. There are philanthropies, retreats, and even the dinners with over hundred of your girls or bros is so much more meaningful than a themed frat party. Don’t get me wrong, parties are a big part of any college experience, but it’s not the only thing that Greek life stands for.

4. Basic sorority girl stereotype

Spirit Jerseys. Bows.Hunter Boots. Monogram anything. Lily Pulitzer everything. So what if we like looking presentable and sometimes dress too girly? It’s cute! As member of the Greek system, I constantly hear people saying, “You don’t act like the typical sorority girl”. What does that even mean? I am a girl. I am in a sorority. I am a sorority girl. How am I supposed to act? This label is silly and I 100 percent discredit this stereotype. Girls, you do you.

Greek life has become a huge part of who I am and it becomes tiresome and irritating listening to these crazy stereotypes. Hopefully this clears up some of the rumors spread around MSU so that the next time you hear something about a certain sorority or fraternity, you will think twice before you believing it. Have fun, check out the Greek system with an open mind, and rise above the stereotypes. 

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

A Beginner's Wine Appreciation Course

While I most certainly do not know everything, I feel like I know more than the average 21-year-old about vino, so I wrote this beginner's wine appreciate course to help YOU navigate the wine world and drink like a pro.

White wine being poured into a glass

Keep Reading...Show less
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments