We all have to face it at some point: the sorority stereotypes. Yes, they’re real. I’m sorry if you didn’t want to hear that, but I have to tell it the way it is. Even before coming to Northwestern, people hear about the different fraternity and sorority stereotypes. It’s an unfortunate side effect of having a school on the smaller side. News gets out quickly to all the new students about the different Greek organizations. By the time the new freshmen get here, they’ll feel like they know what’s happening in Greek life. But please do me a favor: prove them wrong.
The stereotypes are stupid and petty to say the least. We’re all conditioned to believe in the big three. I will refrain from naming specific sororities, but I’m sure you know which three I’m talking about. A girl’s letters have nothing to do with the kind of person she is. The sorority may fit their personality, but the standard cliché applies: don’t judge a book by its cover.
But, to a certain extent, all guys are guilty of stereotyping. They’re very aware of which sororities are the “hot” ones and let’s be honest: who doesn’t like having an attractive girl around them? But just because she’s in (fill in the blank) doesn’t mean she’s de facto attractive.
It’s true, a girl’s sorority will affect how a guy acts around her. He’ll be more likely to talk to her or go to her parties. He’ll use a bit of liquid courage to get a conversation going. But if that’s all he does, then take my advice: forget about him. He can’t be worth it if he’s chasing a specific sorority. Eventually he’ll just make himself look stupid with that entire sorority and you don’t want to associate with stupidity, do you?
Guys that only date from a certain sorority should have “shallow” stamped to their forehead. Maybe “ignorant” or even “naïve.” Pick your favorite word and label him that, but use it wisely. This is the only time I give you permission to label someone without getting to know him. And realistically, he’s only hurting his college experience by not branching out to different communities. So it’s his loss, not yours!
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