Should You Go Greek or Stay Independent?

The first semester of college will bring with it a very important question: should you pledge or stay independent? You might have wondered about the many fraternity and sorority members walking around campus wearing their crazy shirts and manning tables in the student center. You might have talked a little bit with some other freshmen about what they want to do. You might already have a family member in a Greek organization. You might have read about Greek organizations in the news. All of these experiences will help you shape an answer to that all-important question. And of course we understand that it’s a pretty big question for many students, but with some thought, you will have little trouble coming to a decision for yourself.

Some things you’ll want to consider when you think about whether or not you’d like to join a Greek organization include the following. How much money are you willing to spend? What kind of time commitment are you willing to endure? Do you want to meet new people and experience new social activities? Or are you happy being on your own, free of the fairly structured world of Greek organizations?

If you can answer some of these questions, then you’ll probably be able to finalize a decision fairly easily. Consider the facts. Greek organizations often ask their members to pay monthly dues. Members often help with funding social events and charity drives. Likewise, members often attend regular meetings and other events. This time commitment is a lot, sure, but it also allows them to meet many new people and develop strong relationships, many of which last beyond graduation. Of course, this doesn’t mean that students independent of Greek life don’t make lasting friendships, but that they don’t often have a structured social world to help them do so. This is something you’ll definitely want to consider.

Once you’ve made your decision, you should still go through rush. The rushing experience is a good way to get a sense of the Greek life and what it’s like to socialize on campus. Plus, you’ll still meet a lot of people who can be your friends whether or not you decide to go Greek. This, if anything, is the most important thing to do: give it a try.

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