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Okay college students/alums---fraternities, yay or nay?


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You'll make friends easier with a fraternity because you live with a bunch of guys so its hard not to become friends with some of them. However, it is also easy to make friends if you're not in a fraternity so if you want to join a fraternity for that reason, I wouldn't.

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I'm a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE more commonly) and its awesome, best decision of my life

 

 

 

I'd say about half of my friends I made before pledging and the other half are my pledge brothers (with a couple other older people), so you definitely don't need it to make friends but it definitely gives you more. About 75% of my girl friends i met at socials/other greek related activities, though, so that percent is definitely helped through greek life (homecoming, greek sing, charitable events, parties/socials, etc)

 

 

 

I have to disagree with people when they say "find the frat that fits you... join an academic one.. etc".. when I see people wearing the lame frats' letters (hoodies, shirts, etc) I go "lol" to myself and tbh I view those people as more nerdy than a normal non-greek person if you know what I mean

 

If I were you, I'd go to your college's juicycampus (or w/e the new site is) and figure out what frats are top couple tiers, go to their rush events only and then choose from there. Sure, the pledging will be a lot harder but its worth it for the next 3+ years of your life to have a) sick parties B) hang out with the best sororities (socials and greek events) c) be more respected by other people on campus

 

if you are in one of the top frats its also like a get-in-free-and-whoever-else-you-want-in-too card since they have bars at your house when youre having a party. so you have socials mon/tues/weds and then away bar at another frat thurs, party at ur house friday, and then another away bar saturday night

 

SAE is a tier1 frat at my school but is temporarily on probation from some 17 y/o girl passing out at our daylong and before that, some hazing problems lol

 

 

 

the hardest part pledging was the lack of sleep. the stuff they make you do really isn't that bad (most stuff id never do twice though haha) and dont expect to do any gay [cabbage] like people say. if they tell you to do gay stuff they are probably just seeing if you will or not to test your character and would never actually want you to do it

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I am member of the Kappa Nu Chapter (Cornell University) of Phi Gamma Delta, commonly known as FIJI.

 

 

 

If there's anything I can tell you that I'd hope you remember, it's that you should definitely rush. Rushing isn't a commitment- it's just a way to get to know some of the fraternities on campus on a more personal level in a way that parties don't allow and to have a [bleep]ing aweome week before the spring semester starts. If you don't find a fraternity with the right kind of people in it, then you don't have to join, simple as that. Rush week was a blast for me; we went to a casino the first night, got an Afroman concert right in the house the second (on which night I also smoked for the first time), and on the third night (invite only) there were strippers (interesting, but a little too dirty for anyone to really get into it). Other houses were fun too; Kappa Sig had a Beer Olympics, and two of my rush buds drank "Das Boot", 3 1/4 beers in a boot shaped glass, in about twenty seconds, and I owned at fat suit sumo wrestling. Overall it was a blast, and I would highly reccomend that you come to school a week early for it.

 

 

 

As for pledging, I'm not gunna lie, it's tough and quite the time-eater (especially at an Ivy League where the work don't stop). But at the same time, I must agree with the label of pledging nationwide- "the most fun I never want to have again." If you do pledge, just remember, the brothers don't hate you nor are they sadistic (spare a few), they went through it too and they're there to make sure you get through it as much as they're there to make it tough. They also want to make you tight with your pledge bro's, and lemme say, it definitely succeeds in doing that. I had one brother going into pledging, and twenty three coming out.

 

 

 

Oh, and have fun with Hell Week :D .

 

 

 

(Oh, and SAE's pretty cool on Cornell's campus. I'd say they're in the A-range of fraternities (based on A-C grading).

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There is an unbelievable range of the types of fraternities you can join. If you would describe what you're really looking for, that would help a lot. Instead, I'll tell you what path I took. My first semester I felt like all fraternities were full of jerks, and if you wanted to join one you'd have to go through hell. The ones that tried to get me to join felt like they were somehow trying to exploit me or something. But the next semester I found a smaller one that just started up on campus, TDX. I met all the guys in it, and they really felt like they were genuine, cool people. They were in it solely to have a good time and have fun. Nothing about the fratty image, no overly arrogant people, etc. There wasn't any pressure, and rushing was fine. Granted it's a smaller frat, but I've become such great friends with everyone in it and it's great having that circle of support/friendship when you need it, especially with everything you go through in college. I have absolutely no regrets about joining it, and have had some of my best memories so far in college from things we've done together. It's a great way to take a leadership role on campus, and make even more friends. Once you move out of the dorms it's really hard to meet new people, but joining a social organization is a great way to do it.

 

 

 

Here's my advice for you. Go to some big frats and see how you fit. Talk to the brothers. You'll know if it's for you. Also try smaller fraternities. They're a lot closer, you won't have to commit as much time if you're going to be taking hard classes, and pledging will be a lot easier. Look some up on your school's directory and brothers will be lining up to meet you and talk if you are interested in hearing about their fraternity. Just remember that you're holding all the cards. Frats put up images sometimes that they're above anyone rushing, but they really do need people to rush, so remember that. Definitely try it though, you'll know quickly enough if it's for you or not.

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I am member of the Kappa Nu Chapter (Cornell University) of Phi Gamma Delta, commonly known as FIJI.

 

 

 

If there's anything I can tell you that I'd hope you remember, it's that you should definitely rush. Rushing isn't a commitment- it's just a way to get to know some of the fraternities on campus on a more personal level in a way that parties don't allow and to have a [bleep]ing aweome week before the spring semester starts. If you don't find a fraternity with the right kind of people in it, then you don't have to join, simple as that. Rush week was a blast for me; we went to a casino the first night, got an Afroman concert right in the house the second (on which night I also smoked for the first time), and on the third night (invite only) there were strippers (interesting, but a little too dirty for anyone to really get into it). Other houses were fun too; Kappa Sig had a Beer Olympics, and two of my rush buds drank "Das Boot", 3 1/4 beers in a boot shaped glass, in about twenty seconds, and I owned at fat suit sumo wrestling. Overall it was a blast, and I would highly reccomend that you come to school a week early for it.

 

 

 

As for pledging, I'm not gunna lie, it's tough and quite the time-eater (especially at an Ivy League where the work don't stop). But at the same time, I must agree with the label of pledging nationwide- "the most fun I never want to have again." If you do pledge, just remember, the brothers don't hate you nor are they sadistic (spare a few), they went through it too and they're there to make sure you get through it as much as they're there to make it tough. They also want to make you tight with your pledge bro's, and lemme say, it definitely succeeds in doing that. I had one brother going into pledging, and twenty three coming out.

 

 

 

Oh, and have fun with Hell Week :D .

 

 

 

(Oh, and SAE's pretty cool on Cornell's campus. I'd say they're in the A-range of fraternities (based on A-C grading).

This is a very helpful post. I had ruled off the idea of joining a frat, but I went to orientation and went to a meeting about it and it seemed like something I may be interested in again. At UGA, you only move in a day early to rush anyway, so it's something I very well may do just to learn a little more about the Greek system.

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