Zero Social Life

<p>I'm looking for an answer to the question of the U. of Chicago's social life beyond, "It doesn't exist." I've gathered that they have fraternities--are these geek fraternities? Is a party to them a LAN party? Do they not get along with each other and even live reclusively from the kid next door? Are all of the fraternities dry? </p>


<h2>The talk of bad social life at UofC. . .Myth or Reality? </h2>

<p>By Neobez (Neobez) on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 08:41 pm: Edit </p>

<p>I guess I've been hearing alot of the strong academics at UofC, and I want to look at the school, but I keep hearing an equal amount of negative words regarding the school and the quality of life there. </p>

<p>I'm not able to visit, so I just wanted to get some feedback from those who are attending or those who have visited the school. </p>

<p>Thanks. </p>

<p>By Keelee (Keelee) on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 10:41 am: Edit </p>

<p>It is sort of true. A huge majority of the people at the school are very anti-social. However, if one is a social, why does that matter? If you are a social person, you'll find the other social people, be friends, and have fun. </p>

<p>By Chicago (Chicago) on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 12:01 pm: Edit </p>

<p>Kelee makes a good point. I had hundreds of friends at the university. If you're social, you'll know about 50-60% of all the other social people well. </p>

<p>By The<em>Agnostic (The</em>Agnostic) on Saturday, July 24, 2004 - 04:30 pm: Edit </p>

<p>yea it all depends on you... also which dorms you live in. you can be the life of the party if you want. many people are anti-social, and some are just shy, and some are just over social. anyways, it also depends on what you call social. is social like going to a party and expect to score with girls right away (or guys if you are a girl), or see lots of people shooting up heroin or smoke crack? if so you won't see too much of that, although you still can if you want to, just have to try harder. but if you want to go to a party and see people laugh and bs and maybe the next day talk about it during class, and think that's social, then you can still find a bunch of those around. </p>

<p>By Divingin (Divingin) on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 07:45 am: Edit </p>

<p>it's only as social or anti-social as you make it. really. </p>

<p>By Ooga (Ooga) on Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - 02:52 am: Edit </p>

<p>Hi. That depends on your definition of "Anti-Social." I have visited the school and it suits me just fine. The architecture's insanely gorgeous. It was full of people just like me. Actually, come to think of it, I LOVED the damned place. That's why I'm going to Orientation in less than 2 weeks. I got in early action. I got into my first choice dorm, Snell. I got a reasonable aid package. The Chicago educational philosophy's history fascinates me. This school is Perfect. I am SO excited to be going to the best college in the universe. WHee~ Come on now, do I sound like your idea of a stuffy-shirted antisocial? Knowing what you want and who to hang out with is not a crime, and whoever feels this is "antisocial" needs a serious reality check. </p>


<p>Final note: Ignore Keelee's comments about the school's majority being antisocial. I only say this because of her(?) posts on the thread "The City" on this very forum in which she painted Chicago as this evil school where the Populars are the underdogs constantly facing jealous put-downs of an uglier and dorkier majority. It was truly amusing and laudably imaginative but ultimately insubstantial.</p>


<p>Thanks a million. Your "final word" really helps. :P I wonder how someone with such terrible reasoning skills ("I'm too cool for this place.") got into U of C in the first place.</p>

<p>I am still curious about the fraternities, though. My brother is in one, but it's at a state school--which really changes things. :p After seeing and even being a part of the fraternity experience, I can't see myself not being in one regardless of whether its a bunch of rampant Bacchants or even PC geeks. ;) But I still want to gain perspective about what I'd be getting into if I were to be accepted at U of C and go looking for a fraternity to join.</p>

<p>For what it's worth, my daughter's current experience seems to be contrary to Chicago's reputation. She started there this year and reports that, at least for the first four weeks -- including three weeks of classes -- she (and many of her dormmates) are going out several times a week, attending parties, going downtown at least once a week, seeing movies on campus, and generally staying up, socializing not studying, until the wee hours of the morning. On the whole, she reports that her dorm is "very social." Now, this is the very beginning of the trimester, and the work is ramping up, but, so far, Chicago seems to be very similar to lots of other schools. If you put 4000 18 to 22 year olds in one place, they're going to find ways to have fun. That they can couple it with a rigorous and fulfilling education experience is what makes Chicago unique.</p>