The college social scene happens at a high degree within its sphere and is well known for its extraordinary power over a body of young adults. Thus, many students seek out ways to become more immersed within the societal populace and for good reason being that socialization at college is practically a requirement for success.
The problem they face, or rather fear, is the “break-through,” the transitionary period where they go from having no friends to having friends. Most often, this period requires some action on their part or pursuance in which they can achieve adequate social existence during their time in school.
At any university or college, there are many ways to become a part of a community of students where friendships and networking can occur; however, despite its drawbacks, the most popular and recommended way is to join a fraternity or sorority, otherwise known as “going Greek.”
The Greek system came into being over two hundred years ago and has significantly evolved since. The purpose of this system was to promote academic aid and community to a select group within itself, segregated from the rest of the student body. Early on, these student organizations were exclusive to male students, the inception of the "fraternity. " Female fraternities or sororities followed suit years later during the mid to late 1800s when women were increasingly allowed admittance to schools that were typically reserved for men.
Rushing is a process in which students wishing to become a part of a certain Greek organization will undertake in order to learn about the community and/or join it. Fraternities and sororities will arrange for these prospective students to participate in certain “happenings” that will determine an offer for house affiliation. (This process is one of the reasons for the surrounding criticisms of Greek fraternities being that hazing has been associated with it.)
If an invitation has been offered to the student and he or she accepts, they are then pledged to the house, procedures for which vary.
Many graduates will tell you that their time at college as a sorority sister or fraternity brother was the most amazing experience they will ever remember at school, and that the pros will far outweigh the drawbacks.
1. Networking: You will be living with so many people of similar interest, which is great way to gain networking opportunities.
2. Friendships: Certainly within such a community, friendships will thrive.
3. Campus Involvement: Due to the nature of social responsibility sororities and fraternities have on campus, i.e., fundraisers, parties, events, there are many opportunities to get involved.
4. Built-In College Resources
5. Burgeoning Social Scene
1. Costs: Pledging is not free; there are costs involved.
2. Bad Reputations: Many fraternities and sororities have reputations of hazing and excessive partying
3. Social Life Limited to Your House: Your entire social life will revolve around the community in the house. Chances to make friends outside of your house will be limited.
The most important thing to do if you are considering becoming Greek, is to do your research about the house and its practices. Unfortunately today, there are many organizations that have gained poor reputations deservingly, either for unacceptable hazing practices or over-the-top partying. Make sure you are aware of the reputation of the house you are rushing.
All in all, if you are looking to broaden your social status on campus, joining a sorority or fraternity is the best avenue to take!