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The Pros and Cons of "Going Greek"

Uploaded: Feb 1, 2022
Have you ever wondered about fraternities and sororities and whether joining one would be a good move? With so many distressing articles appearing in newspapers, it’s hard not to brush all of the chapters with the same negative brushstroke. Once you understand the plusses and minuses of the Greek system on college campuses, you will be better able to make an informed decision for yourself.

Some Pros:
- Being able to quickly build friendships at college will go a long way to helping you adjust and be happy.
- Fraternities and sororities offer amble opportunities to practice leadership skills.
- You will have a ready-made social life with activities that span from philanthropy, parties and events.
- Each chapter connects students to a large network of past members. This can be invaluable when searching for internships, jobs and recommendations.

Some Cons:
- It costs money to be a member, even to attend some of the chapters’ events.
- You are often required to rush a fraternity or sorority before you’ve had time to acclimate yourself to college and meet many other students.
- Committing time to your chapter sometimes deflects attention away from your studies.
- While many chapters have strong, positive values, some still use hazing as a way to bond its members.

(Article by Gael Casner from the College Find Newsletter Vol. 21, #6 by Gael Casner and Elizabeth LaScala.)

Elizabeth LaScala Ph.D. guides college, transfer and graduate school applicants through the complex world of admissions. She helps students choose majors and programs of interest, develops best match college lists, offers personalized essay coaching, and tools and strategies to help students tackle each step of the admissions process with confidence and success. Elizabeth helps students from all backgrounds to maximize scholarship opportunities and financial aid awards. Call (925) 385-0562 or visit Elizabeth at her website to learn more.
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Posted by Brad, a resident of Birdland,
on Feb 3, 2022 at 9:43 am

Brad is a registered user.

Her article misses one huge point and misstates another.
Fraternities and Sororities provide a place to Live and Eat- usually on campus so commutes also be eliminated.
No one is " forced " to rush before they know the school and friends. Rushing and joining are voluntary.
While there are plenty of examples of bad behavior
that make the local and national news there are many more of good behavior- which the news media ignores.
My wife and I were in college in the late 50's and our sorority and fraternity helped make us better people. We have many friends to this day.
One of our grandsons is in a Fraternity at Ole Miss -huge help to him in many ways.

Posted by Ron S, a resident of Old Towne,
on Feb 3, 2022 at 10:09 am

Ron S is a registered user.

While I was in the Greek system..that was in the LAST century. The context has changed since then. And the context of each "house" changes campus to campus.
Ms. LaScala definitely captures the pros/cons aptly. But in choosing a house, one needs to consider ones own personal values to weigh each of the pros/cons factors the author has outlined... Each college student needs to "find their own way" in the choices they make for themselves. :)

Posted by Jan Batcheller, a resident of Downtown,
on Feb 3, 2022 at 11:03 am

Jan Batcheller is a registered user.

My husband was in a fraternity and I in a sorority. Currently I have a grandson in a fraternity in college. When asked for advice about sorority or fraternity membership, I suggest a student rush. One meets a lot of people when rushing. If a student doesn't feel a connection, they don't have to pledge. At least they can judge for themselves whether fraternity or sorority life is a fit for them.

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