Greek Life at Hofstra University

January 10, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

To Greek or not to Greek, that is the all consuming question. Time and time again we see in movies and t.v shows the classic stereotypes of the obnoxious frat boys and the slutty sorority girls doing ridiculous things at crazy parties. This all makes for good television but is this what it is really like to be a part of greek life you may ask? Well, the answer is yes and no. To stick all people who take part in this culture in that stereotype is wrong, there are people of all walks of life that take part in Greek life, which is one of the many reasons that joining this culture can be a valuable and rewarding choice. But the idea that you have to be in a Fraternity or Sorority to have fun in college is not at all the case.Yes, you will meet lots of people and have lots of fun,but you will be doing that already by just putting yourself out there.

Joining Greek life is certainly something to consider, but don’t commit yourself until you really learn about all that each organization has to offer. It is a slippery slope from joining a group and having fun to devoting all your time and energy to “keep” these super-awesome new friends you have. While it is dubbed as an overall group, there are many different sorts of people who populate this division of college. Each organization stands for different things, and you will learn that when you get to your school. Some positive and definitely some negative, but that is different to each and every school. It is very fair to say that you will meet many people if you join Greek life; with all the mixers and parties, you will be drowning in acquaintances. But in order to have fun, keep up grades and satisfy all that your Frat or Sorority requires of its pledges can be a challenge for some. Schools such as Hofstra require at least one semester without Greek life in order to assimilate to college life and get your bearings for the new life you are living. I find that this trail time is as good a time as any to size up Greek life at your school and see if it is something you want to be a part of, not to mention make friends outside of the Greek world, because I promise there will be some winners in the other 90% of the school that you are missing out on if you don’t. As someone who is not part of a sorority, and someone who has no plans to join Greek life, my perspective is one who has lost friends to that lifestyle. The best advise that anyone can give you, is don’t limit yourself. Greek life can be very rewarding; the parties are fun for Greek and non-Greek alike. Yet, there are so many organizations out there, with people in all walks of life that can be just as rewarding. Consider wisely, but look at all the options. There will be a lot of choices out there, and you are the only one who knows what is right for you and you alone.

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