When I thought of Greek life as high school senior, my mind always ventured to the stereotypes; pastel colored shorts, matching Polo’s, and of course, Animal House. Honestly I was completely turned off to the idea of rushing a frat, yet here I am, a freshman on the Administrative Board for the USF’s Delta Tau Delta. I definitely did not see myself here many months ago. So what changed? Well for starters, I realized college is all about change. Every aspect of your life is going to change weather you like it or not, so why not allow yourself to do things, the old you wouldn’t do?
Rushing was the best decision I made since I left home. I have 50 amazing brothers that have had my back through ups and downs, and honestly I might have dropped out of school or went back home if it wasn’t for them. I was definitely skeptical at first, but these guys have become my best friends, and I already see how we’ll be in each other’s lives for years to come. I know, cheesy right? Well, it’s true. So if you’re thinking about going Greek, I highly recommend it! If you rush and don’t like it, then drop. No harm: No foul. So let me debunk some Greek myths for all you doubters out there.
“You’re buying friends.”
Not really. You’re definitely going to make more friends if you rush, but you're paying for something else. You’re money goes directly to the events, retreats, formals and socials that will take up your weekends.
“All you do is party”
This is my favorite myth. It’s not like the movies at all; we can't get away with partying all the time. Fraternities and sororities often have mandatory study hours, community service hours and philanthropy events. We have minimum GPA's and if you slack in school you’ll be put under review for expulsion. Do we like to party? HELL YEA. But we’re so much more than that.
“You all conform to each other”
Absolutely not. In fact we are all so different from each other. My fraternity is the most diverse group of people I’ve ever seen. We have brothers from the ends of the world.
“All you wear are Chubbies and Polo”
Have you seen the price of dues? Or tuition? I can’t afford that.
“Greeks don’t give back”
Every Greek organization is affiliated with a national philanthropy and has to put on philanthropy events to donate money. Greek organizations also participate in other organization’s events.
“Being Greek is too expensive”
It can absolutely be expensive. If money is an issue for you, maybe join a colony (a newer chapter at your school). They tend to be much cheaper than the established chapters.
I'll be the first to admit that Greek life isn't for everyone. I definitely didn't think it would be a good fit for me, but I'm so glad I rushed.