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If You're On the Fence about Greek Life, Rush Before Making a Decision

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Greek life in college can be a ton of fun and help you grow your circle of friends, but it's also a pretty big commitment. I came close to pledging a sorority in college and ultimately decided it wasn't for me, but a lot of my friends were members and I know they had a blast!

I never thought I was the sorority type, but my freshman year I decided, on a whim, to rush with some of my friends. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice all the girls were, and how much fun I was having at the events! They took us to a comedy show, hosted a nice dinner on campus, and invited us to parties; I also liked that I was getting to know some upperclassmen.

When they invited me to pledge the sorority, I surprised myself again by coming extremely close to joining. It was a tough decision, but in the end, I decided I had too many other activities and commitments. However, I was always happy to have had the experience of rushing.

Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not you want to join.

It's a Built-In Social Circle

Fraternities and sororities are a great way of ensuring you have a built-in set of friends. It can also give people a sense of identity if they're not sure where exactly they belong.

If I had gone to a really big school, I might have been more inclined to join. However, my school was tiny and I met new people easily on our close-knit campus. Since I played field hockey, I already had a tight-knit group of friends, and practice and games kept me so busy I would have had a difficult time making the meetings.

It Keeps You Busy

Greek life can be time-consuming, which can be both a good and a bad thing. I decided there was no way I could balance schoolwork with my part-time job, field hockey, choir, and down-time with all the sorority activities. On the other hand, I knew their events and activities were a lot of fun. The sorority did help people with time management because the group got together for study nights each week, so other events wouldn't negatively impact anyone's grades.

It Costs Money

Most sororities and fraternities, no matter how big or small, have membership dues. I decided I wanted my hard-earned extra money to go toward dinners out with my friends, or those rare shopping trips we took off campus, rather than toward sorority dues. For some people, the dues are worth the fun of being Greek, but be sure to find out how much they are before you join.

Although I decided not to join the sorority, I remained friends with a couple of the upperclassmen and many of the girls in my class who did join. Rushing was a great way to meet people, and it helped me make an informed decision as to whether or not Greek life was for me. If you're on the fence about joining, go to at least one rush event just so you can experience it.

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