There are a lot of factors that go in to a big decision such as whether or not you should join Greek life on campus, but how do you know if going Greek is right for you? Well, you may not know until you go through the process, or even join a chapter. You can, however, think about things a little more in depth beforehand to know what you may be getting yourself in to.
Cost- Sometimes sororities and fraternities are a large financial commitment. Between school costs like books, residence hall rent, food and other necessities, you may not have room in your bank account to go Greek. Do a bit more research and maybe even make a spreadsheet detailing your expected expenses for school this year. If you stick to your budget or plan to get a summer and school year job, that could definitely help out with yearly dues for the chapter of your choice.
Involvement- There are tons of clubs on campus to get involved with so if you think joining a chapter may not be your thing, you always have other options. If you do choose to go through recruitment, your sorority or fraternity may introduce you to a new philanthropy interest or fun activity on campus that you may not have known about otherwise.
Friends-Who are you coming to college with? If you have a large group of friends from high school going to the same college as you who are all not planning on going through recruitment, that may sway you towards not doing it too. You’ll always be BFFs with your highschool friends, but it also may be nice to branch out. If you’re coming to college not knowing a single person, going through recruitment may really help you meet some new friends in a fast and easy way.
Balance- College is a lot different from high school. There’s a ton more studying, writing, testing and everything else you can imagine. Between all of your classes, you don’t want to get lost in your social life. You’re living with so many people that are your age and it’s hard to concentrate and really set your priorities sometimes when so much is going on around you. Sit down and really figure out if you can balance both your studies and joining a chapter as sometimes rushing a sorority or fraternity can be a very time consuming commitement. As long as you get your assignments done before you attend weekly chapter, meetings and activities, you shouldn’t have a problem.