For most, college should be an experience of a life time. You’re finally free from your parents and get to live independently making your own decisions. It’s the first step into living your actual adult life and along with that comes a lot of big decisions. One of those decisions that I had to make was to “Go Greek” or not.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever think I would become a part of the Greek system. Fraternities and sororities seem to always get a bad rep of being “an expensive way to get friends you’ll never talk to again”. I found out that this statement was very false and there’s more to the Greek system than that. While I did not stay inside of it my entire college career I did get to enjoy a year and a half of what it was all about. Perhaps my experience will help you decide if it’s right for you or not.
For starters, Greek life isn’t all about partying. There is a lot more to joining a fraternity or sorority than just partying your life away. They are involved in a lot of charity and community work that can do a lot for the neighborhoods around campus. They are also very involved in campus life and participating in events to help the college. So yes, while there is a bit of partying that goes on during this experience there is more to it than meets the eye.
As for “paying for friends”, let’s be completely honest here. You are not going to like every single person that is in your fraternity or sorority (just like in high school) especially if it is a larger one. People are going to butt heads, you won’t have the same personalities, and chances are you will not agree on every single little thing. Another truth is that I don’t talk to half of the people I was in the Greek system with. We either lost touch along the way or we just weren’t that great of friends to begin with. Either way, you will meet a lot of great people along the way that you will become life-long friends with and that will have your back no matter what. It’s a great way to find your best friend in college and beyond.
Finally we can talk about the whole price of Greek life. Yes, it is true that joining the Greek system can be kind of pricey. Sometimes it feels like you are paying for a title but there is much more to it than that. I see the whole payment thing as paying for an experience. You get a great experience out of it, charitable work, and other perks that look good on a resume. You gain some new friends along the way and get to really have a big in depth college experience if that is what you are looking for. Finally you get free T-Shirts….who can say no to that?!
In conclusion, joining the Greek system is up to you. As I stated above, I lived both sides of the college life and enjoyed them both. The Greek life was a great experience to have (even for a short while) and I recommend it to anybody that just wants to have a full college experience. On the other spectrum of things I also enjoyed not being in the Greek system and kind of living that independent college life. They both have their pros and cons but that’s up to you to decide. The most important part of the college experience is making it a memorable one. How you choose to do that is your choice!