The Pros and Cons Of Going Greek In College

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There are a lot of different fraternities and sororities out there whether you go to UCSB or Villanova University. In fact, many of them span almost every college in the nation as they are so popular among college students. However, which one is right for you? Are any of them right for you? In order to answer those questions, you may want to weigh the pros and cons of going Greek in college.

Pro: It could help you land a job

One of the major selling points for fraternities and sororities is that most of them have been around for a very long time. So when you do finally graduate from college and start applying for jobs, you may run into a situation where the person interviewing you was a part of the same Greek family. Another situation is that alumni from your particular house could be looking to current graduates in their respective fields, which could give you a leg up in the application process for that particular job.

Con: There is bound to be a lot of drama

When you pledge for a fraternity or sorority, you are making a huge commitment to a large group of people who are counting on you to not let them down. They expect you to pay your fees on time, show up to all weekly meetings on time, attend all social functions, and if you don’t, you will need to pay fines or you will be excluded from future events.

If you’re not ready to make that commitment to anyone, or if you don’t want to deal with the drama that will eventually come from others who are not as committed, then you may not find yourself enjoying the Greek life after all. Pledging for any house is something that you dedicate each and every day of your college career to.

Pro: You will make a lot of friends

If you’re having trouble making friends in college, then you might want to see about pledging with a sorority or fraternity. There are subtle nuances to each of them, so you might want to do some research before you choose one. You can approach each and every one of them to ask questions about how they work and get their social media information. Start following all of them on social media to find out which ones you jive with the most. Once you’ve attended a few parties here and there, you should know if you’ve found the right group of friends for you.

Con: It will cost you a lot of time and money

A fraternity or sorority is not just some little club that you can join and leave whenever you feel like it. It is a serious commitment to people that you are supposed to care a lot about. Therefore, if you do not participate in all of the events that they organize, you are effectively insulting the people that you’re supposed to be family with. Not only that, but there is a good chance that those people will report you for not attending events and you will be fined. If money is not an issue and you are not worried about being able to make enough time for your Greek family, then this probably all makes perfect sense.