What do you think of fraternities and sororities? Have you ever been in one? What was your experience like?
The stereotype is that it's just a guaranteed place to go every weekend and party and get drunk. That frat boys and sorority girls are just obnoxious and annoying people.
Then there's the other side that says it's all about forming strong bonds and finding acceptance, etc etc. That many fraternities do in fact take part in community service projects and other good things like that. And the whole exclusiveness factor is nice
Personally, I can't see myself in a sorority. I just don't really think it would be my thing. How close can you really get with 60 or 70 other people? How is this any different from meeting 60 or 70 people in your classes and hanging out with them? I doubt everyone in the fraternity/sorority really likes everyone
I guess it could be great for some and not so great for others. I think as long as you do your research on the fraternity you're planning on joining you'll be okay.
But it just seems to me that the pledging and everything would be too stressful/demanding. Is it really worth it?
I joined a sorority my freshman year in college. It was the single most educational experience I had in college (other than classes of course!). At the time there were roughly 40 girls in the house. On my very first day, I met a girl who seemed pretty cool. That first year, we hung out at Sorority events but never really saw each other outside of that. When it came time to choose roommates for our Sophomore year, it was a no brainer that we should live together. After a week in the same room, it seemed we were attached at the hip! I have never had a friend as understanding, fun, and close as she and I are. She is truly the sister I never had.
The other side of sorority life is the drama...and yes there is going to be drama when you put 40 girls in a house together. While many girls backstab, gossip about, or straight up hate each other, they always have the bond of sisterhood and in the end, it's all about learning how to deal with different kinds of people and situations.
Joining a sorority was probably one of the greatest and worst things I've ever done, and I would do it all over again...I definitley suggest going through recruitment even if you don't end up joining a house...you meet a lot of people and learn a lot about campus...