To rush or not to rush? That is the question.
And as a lost, confused, naïve, soon-to-be freshman, I decided to do some research so I could find out whether or not Greek life is for me. Here are some of the most important pros and cons to rushing.
Many people are a little worried about not making friends in college. Joining a sorority or fraternity gives them a sense of security so that they know they will have a community of sisters or brothers no matter what.
But at the same time, it’s important to realize that you will make friends even if you don’t rush. Yes, having that community is nice but don’t rush just because you’re scared you’ll be alone if you don’t.
Being a graduate of the Greek system will give you an instant bond with other members, young and old, who you may meet out in the real world. So, alumni of your sorority or fraternity will often be more interested in hiring you than others.
A full social calendar
You’ll never ever have nothing to do on a weekend night. Greek organizations always have something planned, from formals to community service events to other bonding activities. You won’t be bored, that’s for sure.
Rushing is stressful
While the whole process is very exciting, it can be a lot to handle on top of schoolwork and other activities you may be participating in. It can mean anything from buying a new wardrobe to serious hazing. No matter what, it won’t be easy.
Yes, your social calendar will be full, but that means you won’t have much time for non-Greek related pursuits. And you better love your sisters or brothers because you’re probably going to be spending the majority of your time with them.
When I picture sororities and fraternities, I see big, beautiful mansions. And although this vision may be a stereotype, it has some truth to it. Greek housing often costs more than a dorm or off-campus apartment. Not to mention what you’ll have to spend on parties, charity events, and for sororities, stuff for your little during big-little week.
Rejection and hazing
Rush can be an emotional time if your dream sorority or fraternity doesn’t love you as much as you love them. But hazing can be even worse than rejection. Over the past few years, stories of hazing gone wrong have flooded the news. These seemingly harmless dares and pranks can turn into matters of life and death. Is joining an exclusive group really worth your own health? I don’t think so.
At the end of the day, I still haven’t decided if I want to join a sorority. But I have time. And I also have the option to rush without actually committing. There’s no pressure. I definitely don’t want to make a decision that I’m going to regret.
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About Nadira Berman
As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.
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