I am really interested in Washington and Lee, but am put off by the drinking. With my application, admission shouldn't be a problem, but my question is, will I be able to have a good time at W&L if I don't drink? I mean, I go to parties all the time and don't drink, but does anyone do that at W&L? Will I be able to go a good greek house, even though I'm dry?
(not one of those "balanced man" programs - I have a friend who is in one at UVa, and he hates it)?
Also, the size is discerning. Because of the small student body, are the sins of individuals the talk of the table at meals? Is gossip a problem?
yes you can get by without drinking, i have many friends who do so (and everyone loves them). as for going greek... it kind of depends on what you mean by a "good" greek house. you probably couldn't be dry in one of the big four, but there are definitely houses with dry pledgeship.
It depends on what kind of person you are. That should answer your question. If being around someone else who drinks is going to somehow force you to drink..don't go. But understand it's your fault, not theirs.
You should be able to go just about anywhere and have a great college experience. College is what you make it, not someone else.
I really have no idea what the rationale is behind it. It doesn't seem to be a set in stone rule, but more like the commonly accepted practice. I know that I have never attended a mixer, and I haven't heard of any of the others having them either. They may have them with certain sororities but I have never seen it or heard about it.