Your Thoughts on the UCSD Greek System

<p>Sup UCSD College Confidential,</p>

<p>My first year at UCSD was awesome; I got involved in school activities and leadership programs as well as taking part in the student governing body. I consider myself a fairly socially active student, and so, I've been thinking of enhancing my college experience by joining a particular fraternity. I want my 2nd year to be even more awesome than my first :D</p>

<p>However, I've been struggling to reach a conclusion whether if I should rush a fraternity or not. I definitely want to have fun in college, and I know that joining a fraternity would be one of the easiest way to do just that - but what I really want from my college experience is to make lasing relationships. Majority of the people I've talked to that are not involved in the college Greek life, pass up the fraternity/sorority clique as friends with price tags. (Joining a fraternity costs $700-$1000 per year) While people that are pledged into the Greek system swear that it gives them the best college experience.</p>

<p>My current thoughts on the fraternity lifestyle is that they certainly seems to have more fun than the average joes of our student body. However, it also seems like the "brotherhood" is nothing more than a shallow acquaintanceship, rather than a deep long lasting friendship that I'm looking for.</p>

<p>Maybe I'm just over thinking this issue, but if I'm going to spend $350 to rush just to dip my toes into the pool, I would rather over think than under think. I'm broke ******.</p>

<p>So, What are your thoughts? Thanks :D</p>

<p>$350 isn't very much considering the "what if feeling" when you look back on your college experience later on in life.</p>

<p>If you are so involved socially on the campus and you haven't made any "deep long lasting friendships" there's no reason to think you'll make them in a frat. You could always rush to see what its like... but it sounds like you don't need help socializing.</p>

<p>I'm in a sorority (technically I was, since I just graduated). Made the best friends of my life, it was the opposite of "shallow." I'm certain I will still keep in touch with my friends. Most people I know (in fraternities also) feel the same way. I really recommend going greek, it helps you to network more than you know. Even this summer right after graduation I secured my housing and job through people in my sorority. It helps you out later on more than people realize!</p>

<p>how do i decide between rushing a panhellenic sorority or a professional fraternity?</p>

<p>They both have different purposes. Panhellenic sororities are more about community service and socializing. You can also network for pretty much anything through your sorority. Professional fraternities are focused on one profession and pretty much just have events that are designed to help you advance your career, get into law school, find internships, etc.</p>