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The Pros and Cons of "Going Greek"

Uploaded: Feb 1, 2022

Have you ever wondered about fraternities and sororities and whether joining one would be a good move? With so many distressing articles appearing in newspapers, it’s hard not to brush all of the chapters with the same negative brushstroke. Once you understand the plusses and minuses of the Greek system on college campuses, you will be better able to make an informed decision for yourself.

Some Pros:
- Being able to quickly build friendships at college will go a long way to helping you adjust and be happy.
- Fraternities and sororities offer amble opportunities to practice leadership skills.
- You will have a ready-made social life with activities that span from philanthropy, parties and events.
- Each chapter connects students to a large network of past members. This can be invaluable when searching for internships, jobs and recommendations.

Some Cons:
- It costs money to be a member, even to attend some of the chapters’ events.
- You are often required to rush a fraternity or sorority before you’ve had time to acclimate yourself to college and meet many other students.
- Committing time to your chapter sometimes deflects attention away from your studies.
- While many chapters have strong, positive values, some still use hazing as a way to bond its members.

(Article by Gael Casner from the College Find Newsletter Vol. 21, #6 by Gael Casner and Elizabeth LaScala.)

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