Why You Don't Have to Go Greek

At most universities, Greek Life is a major part of campus life. At Brenau University, there are 6 National PanHellenic sororities (Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Phi Mu, and Zeta Tau Alpha) and 2 National Pan-Hellenic sororities (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated).  

  

 Recruitment starts at the beginning of the year and only the NPC sororities participate in it. The NPHC sororities have rush at different times. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to go Greek to have a fulfilling and eventful college career. I want to spread the word that Greek Life is an organization like any other.

    Sororities help encourage you to be the best person you can be, and they give you a sense of identity and sisterhood. However, other organizations on campus can do the same, and Greek life is a big commitment. I would not recommend anyone to go Greek if they do not want to, but I would encourage people to go through at least a day or two of recruitment because there is no harm in seeing how things work. If you don’t go through recruitment, and decide mid year that you do want to go Greek, don’t worry. Sororities on campus can open bid, or extend a bid to you, if they can.

    But please, do not go Greek if you do not want to. I’ve seen many girls go through recruitment and join a sorority that they do not love. Another bit of advice I have is to talk to your Rho Gammas. They are NPC Greek members that disaffiliate in order to help you find your home. With that being said, everyone is human. That means that sometimes their own biases seep through, and you truly want someone to help you figure out where your home is.

    Now, this isn’t a “Don’t go greek” article. This is a “think before you join a commitment heavy organization and don’t do it just because people are in your face non-stop about joining”. I am pro-Greek life, but I’m anti-forcing people into doing stuff they don’t want. Don’t forget, you can be someone important on campus without being Greek.