<p>I've been working really hard over the last year to save up the money to do something fun while I'm in college. Now, I'm having to decide between joining a sorority next fall or studying abroad in the summer of 2013. Here are a few pros/cons I've thought of for each option. If you have any input, please feel free to share it. I would love to hear it.</p>
<p>Joining a sorority: PROS
-FRIENDS! I don't really have any friends at college now, so going greek would help with that.
-After my first year, I could live in the house, which (at most chapters at my school) is cheaper than what I'm paying for my apartment next year. It's also closer to campus.
-For a scholarship program I'm in, I'm required to attend so many events per semester. Joining a sorority would make completing this requirement much easier.
-I haven't really found any good opportunities to participate in community service/philanthropic work here, but the sororities do a lot of work for their causes.
-Possible networking opportunities and lots of opportunities to have fun.</p>
<p>Joining a sorority: CONS
-COST! I have the money to pay for my dues, but that's still a lot of money. I could put that toward studying abroad, but then again... I could apply for scholarships + financial aid for study abroad.
-My family doesn't entirely approve. Aside from the possibility of cheaper housing, they just don't see me as a "sorority girl" even though it's something I've wanted to do for a long time. (Also, no one in my family has ever been joined a sorority.)
-Some girls say pledging is a huge time commitment, but others I've spoken to say it really isn't that difficult. I think I could handle it, but what if I can't?</p>
<p>Studying abroad: PROS
-Five weeks in London!
-Great educational opportunity.
-Would look very nice on my resume.
-all the other obvious "pros" to studying abroad...</p>
<p>Studying abroad: CONS
-Cost- I don't know how much the study abroad trip is going to cost, but I do have a ballpark estimate of how much it would be for a sorority.
-Study abroad is just for five weeks, while joining a sorority would last throughout my entire college experience and (possibly) beyond.</p>
<p>What would you do if you were in this situation where you had to choose between the two?</p>
<p>P.S. I'm having to choose because I only have the money for one or the other, and I don't want to put the burden of either sorority dues or study abroad fees on my family. I would much rather just pay for it myself that way they aren't burdened by the financial obligation of whatever I choose to do.</p>