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Greek Life: Why are you paying for friends?

Yakyu SpiritsYakyu Spirits Posts: 826Registered User Member
edited February 2011 in College Life
I've never understood fraternities and sororities. Why do people feel like they need to pay money to have friends? Are you that unpleasant to be around?
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Replies to: Greek Life: Why are you paying for friends?

  • JimgotkpJimgotkp Posts: 2,854Registered User Senior Member
    Not this topic again...
  • DnationDnation Posts: 327Registered User Member
    OP is a donk.
  • UKclassof13UKclassof13 Posts: 170Registered User Junior Member
    At most large universities if you want any form of social life then you need to go greek. But besides that there are many other positives to greek life. Comparing the year of not being greek to the year I was I can positively say

    I have more confidence

    My GPA has improved

    Met a lot more friends

    Learned how to dress like an adult

    A LOT more involved with the community (volunteer work, other school programs)

    etc.

    Of course some people use it as an excuse to get wasted 4 days of the week but with the right mindset it can open up many doors. As long as you can afford it then by all means try to go greek. It is not for everyone but it is one of the best decisions I have ever made
  • simpsonmansimpsonman Posts: 253Registered User Junior Member
    Don't start with this garbage again.

    Sure, there are people who join frats just to make up some excuse about "brotherhood" when in reality they just want to get drunk and high every day and have sex with the slutty sorority girls, but some actually join to better their future.
  • cabhaxcabhax Posts: 765Registered User Member
    I'm Greek. I pay for a house to live in, social events, a cook, and utilities.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 22,870Registered User Senior Member
    At most large universities if you want any form of social life then you need to go greek.

    This doesn't make sense. If anything, it seems like SMALL colleges with more limited social events would need Greek life. Large universities have plenty of non-Greek social outlets.
  • newgator1newgator1 Posts: 20Registered User New Member
    Personally, I will never join a sorority...I just don't fit in with...those type of girls. lol. My sister was in a sorority in college and I think it changed her a bit. And why so expensive...gosh. Seriously, all her stupid housing dues and food dues or whatever were too expensive and not worth it. I visited her sorority house and the rooms were definitely smaller than a traditional dorm room. And who cares if there is a "cook".....my sister didn't even like the food half the time. That's why I suspect she became so unnaturally skinny....either from not eating as much or..I hate to say this...I feel like those girls taught her things...like how to be anorexic or something. Trust me, I knew my sister and she was SO different when she came back from her first semester in a sorority. Her eating habits changed and she would always go to the bathroom after eating for weird periods of time and my other sister and I talked to our parents about that. But my mom is too obsessed with my sister to realize anything is wrong with her. Oh, and the best part was meeting her "sisters" and seeing they were all grossly skinny too (like 00) and had the same eating habits. -_-
    And what about those initiations? I asked my sister if she was hazed and she was like "you would never be able to handle it" without saying much else. wow. I would never want to be freinds with anyone who would force me to do weird compromising things. lol. whatever.

    that's just my opinion....I'm not a ****....and honestly the people i most see that join sororities are the ones who were so popular in high school and just couldn't give up that popularity. they need to somehow....maintain a high status. whatever. I'll never understand society, hahaha.
  • HisGraceFillsMeHisGraceFillsMe Posts: 4,702Registered User Senior Member
    this might be because I go to a smaller school, but I honestly don't see any stereotypical sorority girls here. There definitely are sororities that haze, but a majority of them don't, and they're all really nice girls. In fact a lot of them are involved in other areas of campus...student leadership, student government, etc.
  • mantori.suzukimantori.suzuki Posts: 3,347Registered User Senior Member
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  • MLDWoodyMLDWoody Posts: 2,138- Senior Member
    I would never pay that much money to get into a fraternity.

    Just don't see anything that interested me.
    --I would live super far away form the engineering campus
    --I don't really drink, so there goes half the reaosn to join
    --There are plenty of other groups to join to have a social life
    --I don't feel I need to try to make 'connections" or anything yet.
    --It costs a lot.
    --Less than 20% of Michigan is in greek life anyway, and probably even less in engineering (half because engineers seem to be less social and half because there are less engineering oriented greek houses as opposed to something like business. I mean, one of my roomated tried joining some business frats and it seems almost necessary to get a good job. It seems he needs to start networking as soon as possible)
  • TheYankInLondonTheYankInLondon Posts: 3,487Registered User Senior Member
    I have nothing against frats or sorors... Actually I like the idea or frats and sorors, I'd rather that they be free (kept running by donations from alums perhaps) than have dues but I honestly see nothing wrong with them.
  • Johnson181Johnson181 Posts: 4,136Registered User Senior Member
    Well this is a stupid thread.

    At least at my school, if you live in a fraternity house, you save more than enough money to cover your dues.

    (For the record, I'm a girl not involved in greek life).
  • UKclassof13UKclassof13 Posts: 170Registered User Junior Member
    Is it possible to meet people through other ways besides Greek life? yes, but very difficult because not many organizations are that close knit unless they are religious. From my personal experience the people that are greek are always better off then those who dont. Know more people, are more organized, more ambitious, etc.

    Like i said earlier many people use greek life as a reason to get wasted and pork sorostitutes. However if you use it right going greek can really help you develop as a person
  • globyghostglobyghost Posts: 110Registered User Junior Member
    In general, the stereotype fits. Spoiled kids paying to have friends who abuse them.

    HOWEVER,

    there are exceptions, and there's definitely frats/sororities that don't fit this description at all.
    In the end, can you fault people for wanting friends? Even if they're willing to pay ridiculous amounts for them.
  • shravasshravas Posts: 2,031Registered User Senior Member
    At least at my school, if you live in a fraternity house, you save more than enough money to cover your dues.

    Yea, this is true at my school too, living in a fraternity house is much cheaper than living on campus.
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