Greek Life and its environment vary greatly from campus to campus. The lifestyle of a Greek member at an SEC school like UF will differ from that of a Greek at FGCU. This is why it’s important to understand your campus culture before making any serious decision. Regardless, Greek life isn’t for everyone, but you just don't know if it’s for you unless you give it a shot. I always tell incoming freshman that it’s better to try Greek and realize it isn’t for you than to never know if you missed an opportunity. Here are some of the few pros and cons of giving Greek a shot:
I get it, it sounds cliché. I swear though it’s true and it’s mind-boggling how close you will get with these people in such a short amount of time. I’ve lived with the same three fraternity brothers for 3 years and I couldn’t imagine being roommates with anyone else. The people you will meet in your own and other organizations will become more than just friends, but your family. They will be the ones that will pick you up and push you through your highs and lows over the next four years.
First of all, put all the partying and stereotypes and leave them out of your head. Are they often true? YES. Is that all that Greeks do? HELL NO. Regardless of what organization you join; you will grow professionally, you will make mistakes, and learn from them. The entire existence of fraternities and sororities is based on the intention better both men and women.
I don’t care if you go to Ole Miss or FAU, if you like to be social you will have more fun in Greek Life. It’s obvious, us Greeks are known for partying quite a bit. Maybe you don’t want to drink, and that’s okay. The fun of Greek life isn’t exclusively drinking and partying. There’s IM sports, Socials with other organizations, road trips and more.
I have to be honest; I don’t see this as a con. Being Greek for so long, I don’t see it as “time and money”. I see it as dedication and commitment. When you believe in an organization so much and become such an integral part of it, your financial obligations become an afterthought. I personally went and got a second job my freshman year just to pay my dues. Did it suck sometimes? Yes, but it was worth it. Greek life can be expensive, but you can’t put a price tag on the way it will change you. I’ve learned more from my experience in a fraternity than I have in 4 years of college, and it’s cost me a mere fraction of what I pay in tuition. As far as the time commitment goes, if you aren’t having a damn good time and looking forward to your “obligations” you're just doing it wrong.
I was hesitant when I was first being recruited for Greek life; I wasn’t sure if it was for me. As a college senior I look back now to the kid I was when I first rushed and I can't believe the difference. My GPA skyrocketed; I learned how to dress, and how to conduct myself professionally. I’ve had the opportunity to represent my chapter across the country from Chicago to Charlotte. Most of all, I’ve met the most amazing people; men who will be at my wedding, and probably even my funeral. It all comes down to them; the people. In four years realize that it isn’t for the parties; it’s for you and them.