It’s happening. Every sorority girl is now sharing those videos all over their walls, pages, feeds, troughs, mountains, whatever else is popular nowadays. They all look the same: pretty girls laughing, being “candid,” and throwing up gang signs, telling you to “Go Greek.” What does that even mean, you ask? Well, as someone who’s greek, I’m not sure you should be watching such intriguing videos on the internet. Here’s 10 reasons you SHOULDN’T go Greek.
- You have to try in school. So this is an actual thing. Greeks have a GPA requirement. Who knew? You’d think we all just skip class and sit by a pool all day but no, we actually have programs in place to keep members GPA’s at a certain level. If they don’t, they could be suspended/kicked-out. Who wants to actually try in college?
- You’re encouraged to step up and be a leader 24/7. Oh my gosh. Don’t we all hate when people try to motivate us to be the best versions of ourselves? Ugh, I remember the first time an older sister told me she “saw potential in me and thought I should run for a position,” I wanted to cry. I mean, who says something like that?
- You have to make an effort on occasion. This is the worst. When people actually expect you to try to show up to things or put effort into relationships. Greeks actually are expected to participate on campus and get involved. It’s like they want you to be well rounded individuals before you graduate or something.
- You get things like free clothes and netflix passwords. No joke. These people actually treat you like you’re friends. They let you go through their closets to pick out that outfit for your big date or give you their Netflix password just because you said that you had never seen “House of Cards” before. Who does that? Weirdos do.
- You don’t get judged for wanting to order pizza and watch the Harry Potter Marathon all weekend instead of going out. I was floored when I found this out. People actually are ok with not going out and getting wasted. They’re perfectly content with staying in and watching Harry Potter and sippin on some Dr. Peppers. It’s also rumored that they’re human and they too get tired of raging too hard.
- You meet a lot of people. Ok, this is weird. Greeks actually have things called “socials” and “educational programs” where they have people socialize with one another or meet speakers coming to campus. They actually encourage you to make friends outside of Greek life and provide programming like career socials and guest speakers for your next steps after college.
- You occasionally have to smile but no one judges you if you dont. Apparently sorority girls are NOT required to smile all the time. But they do enjoy making things called “jokes” that force you to show your teeth. They also speak of something called “Chronic B**** Face” which many of them have and claim to not judge others for. Gosh I hope its not contagious.
- You’re constantly being told that you’re a stereotype. The media loves a good Greek Life gone wrong story, so it’s easy to be told that you’re nothing but a “functioning alcoholic in a dress” or someone who “pays for their friends.” But every conversation with someone who says that or tells you something “true” about Greek Life, just gives you an opportunity to educate them on what Greek Life is really all about. But who wants to stick up for their brother or sisterhood?
- You are expected to hold a certain level of decorum in public. You are actually expected to hold yourself to a higher standard of excellence. There’s an entire officer position dedicated to making sure the chapter and you (yes, YOU) stay presentable online and on campus. They call this position “Risk management” or “Standards,” and they’re some of the coolest yet most stressed people you’ll ever meet. Sucks to actually care about how you present yourself right?
- But you’re also expected to be ok with random dance parties in the library with your sisters. Even though you’re expected to hold a level of class, your sisters will still drag you into a study room to have a dance party at 4 am the night before your biggest final. They’ll also say things like “you’re my person” and “I’m your sister” and “I love you.” Gross right?
Terrible! Who would ever want to go through a few days of chatting with some pretty cool women to deal with all this stuff?
Well, I did. Yes, sarcasam was laced ALL throughout this post but I want to be serious. Going greek was the best decision of my life. I was challenged, I was pushed, and I was encouraged to be who I was and not apologize for it. I love being Greek, I love being apart of the Panhellenic Community. I have always been proud to be Greek and recruitment is probably the most “patriotic” Greek Life gets when it comes to showing off their letters. Greek Life is not a bad thing. It’s full of opporunity and community. It’s all up to you. You decide whether or not you want to enjoy the Greek Community. You decide how much you get out of the experience.
So if you dont want any of the things above, maybe it’s not for you. But wouldn’t you rather go through recruitment just to make sure?
Dedicated to the chapter I ran to on bid day and the sisters I ran with. You’ll always be my first pick. Alpha Love forever and always.
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