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A bit preemptive, but can I get some opinions on Emory Greek life?

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Replies to: A bit preemptive, but can I get some opinions on Emory Greek life?

  • EmoryGirl :)EmoryGirl :) Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    This may be an unpopular opinion, but I would counsel against Greek Life. In my experience rush was a judgmental and ridiculous process. When you factor in the costs (not just the cost of the sorority, but the additional cost of clothing for formals and for Big/Little gifts) it really doesn't seem worth it. In addition, there is some truth to the idea that joining a sorority is paying for friends, and Emory is such a warm place that it's easy to find friends elsewhere.

    I do have friends that love their sororities, but many more who found the experience not worth the cost. Several of my friends deactivated, and many were hurt by the attitude of their sisters after they were no longer part of the organization.
  • bernie2012bernie2012 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    I wouldn't counsel against it, but it seems as if that pledge/rush process for sororities is extremely brutal (as in much more harsh/likely to arouse emotion than fraternities). I overheard some conversations of the current sisters of one sorority in Panera bread, and it seemed so judgmental. They also discussed the woes of the process, none of which I found shocking. One thing mentioned was that they couldn't let one that was an excellent candidate in because of another student who had a connection to an upperclassmen sister before rush. In other words, the latter got priority.
  • phaethphaeth Registered User Posts: 107 Junior Member
    the same tired arguments from someone who is not in greek life.

    1. I could link about 50 FB pages of guys/girls that certainly did not make it into their respective organizations on looks/style. You hang out with your brothers/sisters. You do not **** your brothers/sisters (often). So personality > looks/style. Also, you have all of first semester to meet brothers/sisters and figure out where you fit in. They have plenty of time to get to know you and make accurate judgments assuming you put the effort in.

    2. The money that you pay for "friends" actually goes towards great social events like date parties, mixers, and house parties. Alcohol as well. We can get into the benefits of networking as well (if you get a job paying 50-70k because of a connection in greek life, then dues were a great investment).

    3. Yes it is easy to find friends outside of greek life. 70% of the school is not greek. But, the sports teams may as well be greek because they always hang out together. Then you have a good 30% of antisocial kids who sit in their rooms and study 24/7. Basically, if your idea of a good time is to stay in and watch a movie 9 times out of 10, then dont bother with greek life.

    4. Greek life is much more important the first two years of school. You have to live on campus and will not have a car freshman year. Most of the girls/guys I know who deactivated did so in junior/senior year and still continue to hang out with their friends in their frats/sororities

    5. pledging is a joke. This is not a state school. When you get beaten in a cane field (LSU) or have to run on treadmills in a room full of smoke (USC) then we can talk.
  • SheareEmorySheareEmory Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    with respect to the ethnicity question, i would completely disagree with the statement that most everyone is white. as emory is a very diverse school, each sorority is pretty diverse as well.
  • bernie2012bernie2012 Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    USC is private lol. Though you can't really tell to be honest. Just a little minor correction.

    True about diversity though, however, as controversial as this sounds, many of the non-whites who are not black (and even many who are) clearly identify rather strongly with what would be considered stereotypical white culture and attitudes. But this is a whole different argument. I'm just basically trying to say that skin color is not a sufficient measure of diversity sometimes, especially when the socioeconomic class thing comes into play. Many students here are clearly very wealthy or at least upper-middle class. Someone will make the %receiving financial aid argument, but I would imagine that this would include those that got a package comprising of loans for example, or a very small grant package. In other words, many people have parents/guardians that could pay their way, but due to some generosity on the part of Emory (but hardly no one wants to admit Emory as being generous in many cases), received a little aid.
  • optiiioptiii Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Bernie -- Dude, phaeth is apparently referring to the USC that's PUBLIC.
  • dgeblldgebll Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    The students in greek life mirror the student body - they run the gamut of the socioeconomic classes. In my fraternity, finding the money to pay dues has and probably will always be an issue for many of the brothers. We worked out scholarships and other plans when money became an issue. While the students with BMWs may be the ones that catch your eye, there are plenty of students with old toyotas and fords too (not to mention the ones who can't afford a car).

    In addition, paying dues as a member of a Greek organization does not equal "buying friends." I can promise you, no one was friends with everyone in my house, and some people just downright disliked some others. When you have 50-100 guys (or girls) in a group, there's just no possibility that they all get along.
  • emorymedemorymed Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    At Emory, Tridelta and Theta rule.
  • ch0iminych0iminy Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    Tri Delt, ADPi, Kappa and Theta were this years top choices for most of the girls.
  • dale2011dale2011 Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    theta is kappa alpha theta right?
  • chazsfchazsf Registered User Posts: 403 Member
    To bring this back to the big picture: Rush is not until second semester, so there will be plenty of chances to check things out for yourself. About 70% of students do NOT join Greek life, so they will have plenty of company to do things with. For the 30% who DO join, they will find extra leadership, sport and social opportunities. With all the different fraternities and sororities, there will be one (or two or three) that will fit you. Don't be swayed those who say "mine is best". It probably was the best for them, but you're not them!
  • emory15kemory15k Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    The only thing that's really the same is SDT is still not particularly desirable.

    But other than that I wouldn't say the sororities could be ranked.

    They all have some great girls, some real *****es, girls who do drugs, girls who don't party at all, and girls who party too hard.

    Every sorority definitely feels that theirs is "best" and has a sense of pride, but there isn't a campus wide perception of some being better than others.
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