Penn State University prudes themselves on having one of the largest Greek presence on campus in the United States. And while many see this as a larger opportunity to hopefully get accepted into a fraternity out sorority, I see it as the worst choice one can make.
Many people would disagree with me on the usefulness of frats and sororities. Yes, networking is one is the most appealing things about Greek Life, add well as make quick and good friends.
But what are the real things that you have to give up our pay in order to actually participate in one.
1. Let’s start with fees. Jenny Pettitte don’t realize how much unnecessary money goes to bring in Greek Life. Monthly fees ate at the lowest that I’ve seen, at 300 dollars a month. This doesn’t include what you’re already posting to live on campus, but does it cover anything other than the fact that you can tell people that you belong. Every time I hear someone say they were a member of some frat or sorority, the only thing that goes through my mind is “I paid thousands of dollars throughout my college career so that I can feel better about myself”.
2. The hazing. Oh, did you think that disappeared in the 90’s? That it doesn’t exist anymore? You could not be more wrong. Although Greek organizations don’t literally physically haze people anymore, you are hazed in other ways. Was there a party in the house? Guess who’s cleaning up? That’s right, it’s you. Someone has to take the consequence or fall for something, guess who’s doing it. You are.
3. The limitation. Yes, it’s your first year of college, and you probably don’t have any friends. And joining a frat or sorority is an easy way to make friends. All the people who are in the same house become metaphorically your “brothers” or “sisters”. But by limiting yourself to only becoming friends with those people, you’re losing the opportunity to meet so many amazing people that aren’t interested in Greek Life.
In the end, it’s everyone’s Penn choice whether or not to join Greek Life. But just remember that with every thing you do, there is a consequence. Make sure you make the right choice.