If Greek life is big on your college campus, you might think you have it all figured out. You see the Greek letters, you hear about the parties, and you know the stereotypes. But the truth is, there are just some things you won’t know unless you’re on the inside. Here are seven things sorority girls don’t tell you about Greek life:
You’ll spend a lot of money
Aside from the obvious sorority dues that can be pricey, you’ll find yourself buying a lot of things. Whether it be a last-minute outfit for a date function or social, an entire semi-formal outfit, a few event t-shirts that you couldn’t resist buying, and those tiny - but expensive – badges, sororities have your bank account very active!
You have a lot of new sisters, but they won’t all be your friends
At some schools, pledge classes can consist of hundreds of girls, with chapters that are even larger. It’s hard to keep track of everyone’s names, let alone be best friends with every single one. This isn’t to say you won’t be friendly with everyone, but usually you will find a close-knit group of girls in the sorority and they’ll be your go-to friends.
We play hard and work even harder
It’s not all about looking good and having fun. Sorority members are required to maintain a high GPA and even have required study hours to make sure we stay on top of our school work.
Recruitment is an extremely big deal
Although the actual event usually only lasts a week or less, the planning for recruitment starts months before.
It takes over your life
Sororities are time consuming, and therefore require you to balance your schedule. Although you don’t always have to be super involved, Greek life is extremely social, so expect to devote a lot of time to it.
Leadership positions are competitive
There are several leadership roles and positions that you can apply for within a chapter, but along with that there are several other sisters who also want to be involved, and the most qualified will get the position. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply, but if you do, be aware that it can be competitive.
You’ll have second thoughts
Being in a sorority has its advantages, but there are times when you wonder if you made the right decision to join your specific chapter, or any chapter at all. You compare your chapter to the others and wonder what it would be like had you joined another. But when it comes down to it, you know you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.