Pros and Cons of Greek Life
Everything You Need to Know About Sorority Life
When deciding to attend an SEC school, I instantly knew I was joining Greek Life. I felt like it was almost a right of passage at such a large school. Almost immediately after starting recruitment, I saw the good, bad, and ugly with all of Greek Life and being in a sorority. Don’t get me wrong, I love my chapter and I love the friendships being a part of the organization has brought me. However, my time in Greek life has shown me all of the pros and cons these large organizations have.
The Cons of Greek Life:
Status is Unavoidable
People will tell you the tier system doesn’t exist, but sadly some people still take it very seriously. Regardless of this fact, it’s always important to remember to just surround yourself with real authentic people who care about who you are for you, and not for what chapter you’re affiliated with. This goes both ways too for the people who don’t want to hang near you because of your chapter affiliation.
Drama Inevitably Follows
It would be a complete lie if I told you that there’s no drama in a chapter of 250 chapter women. We are all human, and we are all closer with some people and not so close with others. Like anywhere else, drama exists, and sometimes it can be messy. Through the years you have to just keep sight of your values and your true friends, and after that the drama always settles.
Balancing school and your new social life is tough.
As someone who went through recruitment during the midst of the pandemic in August 2020, I had a culture shock come August 2021. This past semester I had to balance date functions, socials, philanthropy events, and so many more social events run by Greek Life while also navigating in-person classes all at the same time. It’s not always easy, but I truly found that these social events kept me going when school got to be too much and I needed that extra motivation.
The Pros of Greek Life:
You can meet your best friends, your future bridesmaids, and your people
I know this sounds so cliche and so cheesy, however, I have to admit that I had never had a group as I did before joining Greek Life. I found that the recruitment process left me at the house where my values lined up so well, I was bound to find the people that have become my rock.
The Best Version of You
Quickly after joining my sorority, I began to find older people who cared about me and my success. These sisters have pushed me to work harder and achieve goals I could have never imagined. They have guided me through the tough classes and helped me join other incredible clubs on campus. The support system of Greek Life is real and it is truly strong and I have become the best version of myself.
Endless Leadership Opportunities
Since joining Greek Life, I have been able to work across my Panhellenic Community on several committees for all of Greek Life, in addition to my chapter directorships and most recent chapter executive board position. If you want to become a stronger leader and someone who’s more involved on your campus, Greek Life can be that link for you. Greek Life is much more than just date parties and social functions. It’s a place to impact your community and find your voice on your college campus.
Looking at the pros and the cons, Greek Life can get dramatic at times however I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The challenges have made me stronger and the friendships and the opportunities that have flourished from this culture have shaped me to be the person I am today.
- Lexi Ginsburg, University Tees Marketing Affiliate