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Top 12 Ways to Tell if Sorority Life is Right for You

Top 12 Ways to Tell if Sorority Life is Right for You

Dear sorority sugar,  How can I tell if Greek life is right for me? I’m considering transferring schools just to rush for a sorority and I want to make sure that Greek life is a good choice for me before I make that decision.

sorority sugar, That’s a big decision, and there are no guarantees in recruitment, but these are the things I would suggest you consider if you're wondering about joining a sorority. Ask yourself these Greek life questions.

🔶 Is Sorority Life Right for You? 🔶

  • Do you like to be part of a group? A Greek girl is not the loner type. You need to enjoy interaction with many friends. Group membership must be something you’re comfortable with. 
  • Can you handle some judgment? Your self-esteem needs to be strong enough to withstand recruitment. Rush is an evaluation process and not all your favorite sororities will ask you back. You need inner strength and confidence to put yourself out there for consideration. 
  • Do you thrive on activities? To be happy in greek life you should want to DO things and be involved. A sorority sister is not a recluse. She likes to socialize, attend events, volunteer and go to meetings. You need the energy level and interest in the things that sorority members do each semester. 
  • Can you keep a confidence? A Greek girl must keep her sorority rituals and sisterhood practices completely secret. Being a blabbermouth about initiation and other important traditions is not acceptable. If you have uncontrollable loose lips, Greek life may not be a good fit.  
An easy going personality is a plus for a PNM and an active member.
  • Can you handle ‘girl personalities?’ When groups of females get together, there are bound to be issues. To flourish in a sorority, you need the interpersonal skills to work with different types of sisters, the ability to get along with other women and the talent for resolving the inevitable conflicts. An easy going personality is a plus for a PNM and an active member. 
  • Do you like to give back? Greeks spend a lot of time fundraising and volunteering for worthy causes. If this is not “your thing” you could be miserable helping out at the hospital, making crafts with kids, or selling pancakes for charity. You really need a philanthropic spirit if you want to fit in with the Greek community.
  • Are you interested in leadership? Chapters provide opportunities for holding office and leading special projects. If you're looking for resume boosters and valuable life experiences, Greek life offers it!
  • Can you maintain a healthy GPA? If grades are important to you, then greek life will compliment your academics and studying. If you struggle to reach a minimum GPA, then membership will be a struggle. Each chapter has minimum grade requirements, not just for rush, but also for all four years of college. Think about how you will balance your schedule and also reach your chapter’s academic standards. 
  • Are you able to follow the rules? Each sorority has mandatory requirements and standards. If you’re a real rebel, you will have trouble remaining in good standing. Each member is unique, and creativity is encouraged, but breaking all the rules makes life miserable for a Greek girl. You must conform enough to follow the Panhellenic rules.
  • Do you respect tradition? Many sororities have been around for more than 100 years. They value their founders, rituals, traditions, alumnae, legacies, symbols and everything else that accompanies a long history of excellence. Sorority life is right for you if you value sorority milestones, founding principles and decades of honoring the chapter’s values. 
The giving never stops in a sorority! Your sorority life will be happier if you’re more of a giver than a taker.
  • Are you a giver? Greek girls give and give and give. They give their time, talent and treasure {dues} to their chapter. They constantly give gifts to their big/little. They give their creative energy to events, projects, parties, retreats and more. They give their all to recruitment. They give by making crafts, painting banners, decorating, designing tee shirts, producing videos, etc… The giving never stops in a sorority! Your sorority life will be  happier if you’re more of a giver than a taker. 
  • Is collegiate and alumnae friendship a priority? If you're looking for a home away from home, and you would love to bond with like-minded sisters, then Greek life IS for you. Finding your niche on campus is a strong motivator for many PNMs going through recruitment. It's okay to pledge a sorority to meet new friends. It's also okay to want connections after you graduate. If you seek networking opportunities and membership benefits following graduation, that’s totally possible. Sorority membership can be a boost to your life for as long as you want it to be! 
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