Wouldn’t it be great to be a part of a sorority or fraternity? College is about learning and socializing, and there’s nothing more social than being a part of the Greek life. The school you go to will determine what fraternity options you have, so pay close attention to the organizations there. Some will have better reputations than others. It’s best to meet with the members beforehand to see what the group is about and what they represent to the campus. You can attend a summer fraternity rush event to get to know some of the sororities on the campus.
However you decide to choose your school and fraternity, there are a number of things you should keep in mind before you join a sorority at Villanova University.
- Alcohol Consumption
Fraternities and parties are synonymous in American culture, so you can expect for there to be some alcohol there. Underage drinking is a real concern for many colleges across the nation. Being pressured into drinking as a freshman is tough to deal with and can fall victim to underage drinking because of it. Be prepared to face the challenge of going to parties with alcohol present and keeping yourself away. The last thing you need is to be arrested or kicked out of school for doing something illegal.
- Being Consumed by the Greek Life
Being in a sorority or fraternity is great – it gives you a place to belong to and you have a group of men and women you can call your sister and brother. It’s your extended family away from home. But the Greek life can also be time-consuming. There are different events to plan and host and other activities you’ll enjoy with your frat brothers and sorority sisters. Make sure you have a life outside of your sorority, so that you don’t miss out on other fun things to do during your college years.
- Balancing Greek Life and School Work
Again, being a part of a sorority or fraternity can take up a lot of your time, which means you’ll need to be good at managing your time. You’ll have to learn to juggle homecoming week, serenades, theatrical productions, philanthropy events and themed parties with your mid-terms, exams and homework. Make sure you don’t fall behind in your schoolwork, or you’ll find yourself spending an additional year with your Greek group.
- Dealing with the Stereotypes
As a sorority girl or frat boy, you’re going to likely be judged by outsiders. There are a lot of people who have a bad perception of what the Greek life represents. Many schools and students have given sororities and fraternities a bad name. Be careful when dealing with people who make assumptions about you based on your involvement in a fraternity. Just focus on showing the campus what it means to be in a sorority and what your group stands for.
- Living in a House with 70 Other People
If you’re even considering joining the Greek life, you need to be comfortable with the idea of sharing a home with up to 70 other people. There will be many different backgrounds and personalities to mingle with, which should be fun and interesting!