Greek Life in College

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by tplyons, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    First of all, who here is Greek and what frat/sororrity do you belong to? I'm asking because I'm seriously debating going Greek next semester and am looking to pledge Delta Tau Delta.

    Just a few questions...

    1) Do you really think it had a positive impact on you as a student or person?
    2) Why go Greek, do you have any regrets, things you would've done differently?

    And other miscellaneous advice would be appreciated. I have a whole bunch of questions rolling around in my head, but can't formulate them right now. Please advise.
  2. mike_v_s

    mike_v_s Guest

    Hmmmm. I didn't join a frat, but here's my .02 cents: You'll get out of it what you put in. I've known guys that just sat back, enjoyed the party, and got nothing else out of it. Others milked the experience for all it was worth (community service, etc) and managed to fatten up their resume quite nicely.

    ...if you don't mind hanging out with some tools that you have to "respect" because they happen to be part of the same club.

  3. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Some friends of mine are members of DTD at University of Alabama. They really enjoy it, and would definitely have been my pick if I'd gone to UA.
    I've got me opinions on your questions, but since I've stayed away from the Greek thing at my school, will wait for others with experience to answer.
  4. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Kappa Sigma, Epsilon-Lambda chapter -

    Fraternities reflect a wide variety of approaches to college life. Some play the "animal house" game and some are very serious about academics and public service. One house may be completely out of control on one campus, but completely inert on another. Yes, partying is usually a large part of house life, but the real key is networking. Find a house with people you like, not one with a reputation (read SAE). Make sure to strive for house leadership, as it looks good on a resume.

    I would recommend that you ignore anyone who wants to chip in with advice without fraternity experience (The first clue is that they call them "frats"). Experience it for yourself, and, if you don't like it, find another house or go back to the dorms. Just pick your house wisely.
  5. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Sorry, never had any interest in being a date rapist. :D
  6. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Greek people...

    My friend Demetra... she is very very Greek. She even goes to Greek camp in the summer to hang out with other Greek kids.

    And then she comes back and talks about Greek camp.

    I mean... The Greeks were cool and all... but like... haven't really done jack for a llllllllooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggg time.

  7. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    I like gyros...are they part of the plan? Might be a deal breaker....
  8. SilverTurtle

    SilverTurtle Guest

    Aug 23, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    I'm an alum of a professional fraternity (co-ed) - which is a little different, but has a lot of similarities. I would never have thought it was for me, but if you go into it with an open mind, you'll find out that there are a million aspects to greek life.

    You should check out It's a message board liek this one, but for greeks. Lots of good advice and friendly people over there.
  9. mike_v_s

    mike_v_s Guest

    Good point. Tplyons: ignore everything I said and follow Folmeister's advice...oh,'s the same thing.

  10. my ex-roommate is a theta xi, i just thought it was cool because if you move the space over, you get "the taxi"
    and folmeister has a point...i remember while my roommate was just pledging, he'd have fraternity brothers come over, and they were very adament that it was to ba called a fraternity, and not a frat. Fraternities can be really cool or really bad, depending on which one you get into. The ones on UWS all do a lot of community service, and also host a lot of parties...they have a bit of a work hard play hard mentality. I didn't join just because you have to take a test to get in, and i guess i get a bit of social test anxiety!
  11. Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Inactive

    Jan 7, 2004
    Detroit, michigan
    The whole concept of the "frat" is so utterly stupid. I am amazed by the volume of people who really do want to be a part of something so pointless.
  12. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    Perfect example of what to ignore. :)
  13. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    all i really know about frats is that two of my three (current) roommates are in a frat, and right now they are extremely loud and playing beer pong.

    so... try and join a frat that has a frathouse, unlike these guys. :scowl:
  14. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Now thats what I wanted to do in college. Pay a bunch of upper classman douchebags to abuse me for a year, so I could be their "brother" later. My friends and I made frequent fun of Greeks and their silly rituals.

    Greek chicks on the other hand.... Yummy. Melina Kanakaredes and Marina Sirtis make little cheezie pay attention.
  15. Scottie Johnson

    Scottie Johnson Guest

    Sep 8, 2004
    I have some friends that joined fraternities in college. One loved it, the others hated it. It was because of the fraternities that they picked it think.

    So pick one where you like the people and especially if they are close friends with a really hot sorority. Unless you have a serious girlfriend, then hanging out withsorority girls could get you in trouble.

    I also noticed that there is a severe class system between all the greeks. It varies campus to campus.

    Sororities are a different story. Every girl I graduated high school with that joined one hated it and quit. Now, that may say more about my friends than sororities. Except for the really fat girl, she loves her sorority. Apparently she needed the friends.
  16. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    hey tim,

    here's a thread i started about frats about 2 months ago. it's some good info.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member


    Fraternity is a great thing just be careful who you get hooked up with , i would aviod gettting locked in the trunk of a car after consuming a large quantity of Adult Beverages ;) . Be Safe. :)
  18. beaglesandbass

    beaglesandbass Think first, then post? Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    and always remember this

    you don't have to join a frat to go to a frat party
  19. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio!

    Jul 3, 2001
    Chester, Connecticut
    Former Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    One of my brothers was in a fraternity at New Hampshire College and made a lot of close friends whom he still keeps in touch with 20+ years later.

    We're not Greek, but we are half Polish.

  20. Depends on the frat and the school, I guess. In my experience, with some frats, you can get in, but usually you gotta know somebody who is in the frat to go in with no hassle. I've been to some frat parties with no problem, and I've been to some where the brothers tried to start fights with non-members or just give them a hard time.

    Personally, I'd join a frat if it was like the delta house in Animal House. I've yet to see a frat like that in real life :(