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The decision to go Greek is one that will face most college freshman. Depending on where you go to school, the Greek system could be a prominent aspect of social life or merely a side note. Choosing to join a fraternity or sorority is about more than having a party environment. Many factors should weigh into your decision. You need to consider the financial implications; you also need to decide if the Greek system meshes well with your personality. Lastly, it is important to consider the national network of friends and connections you will make as a member of a Greek organization.
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Joining a Greek organization is not free. While costs range, fraternity dues will typically be between $300 and $600 each semester. Sororities are more expensive and range from $500 to $1,500 a semester. It is important to consider this added expense, and know that you will either have to come up with this additional expense on your own, or be prepared to ask your parents to cover it. If you go the parental route, be sure to pitch it as more than just a place to party. Subsequent paragraphs will give you some good talking points to help persuade a hesitant parent.
With the exception of a few organizations, the Greek system is an inherently social atmosphere. Do a quick self-assessment to determine if you are the type of person who would be a good fit. As a member of a fraternity or sorority, you will be involved in various social activities ranging from charity events to big parties. If you live in your sorority or fraternity house, you’ll be around your sisters or brothers 24/7. One of the major benefits of joining a Greek organization is the social aspect. If you don’t think you’ll take full advantage of all the activities and events offered as a result of the experience, the Greek system may not be for you.
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Far outweighing the parties and social events are the lifelong friends you will make through the Greek organization you join. When going through the rush process, take note of the culture of the house and the personalities of its members. If you choose to go Greek, join the house that you see yourself being the most compatible with its members. Throughout your time as a rushee, a pledge, and brother or sister, you will make many close friends. While it sounds cliché, you will share a lifetime bond with your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters.
In addition to the friends you’ll make at your fraternity or sorority, you will instantly and automatically be connected to thousands of people across the country. You will be able to arrive at any college campus, go to your chapter house, and be welcome for as long as you plan to visit. The connections you will make also benefit you when looking for jobs. Your membership in a Greek organization lasts a lifetime, and your fellow brothers and sisters are usually willing to help you. Be sure to always put your Greek organization on your resume. If the person interviewing you was in your fraternity or sorority, it can go a long way towards getting the job.