Greek recruitment is about to become underway at ISU once again, and the dilemma of whether or not to rush is always a controversial topic on campus.
Each semester, the Greek houses on campus prepare to recruit fresh pledges into their chapters. Recruitment typically takes place over the course of a few rounds and varies from house to house, but one aspect remains the same: When choosing a house, you are choosing a family.
Fraternities and sororities alike set out to recruit new members that will add to their respective chapters. ISU has both social and academic fraternity and sorority chapters for students to rush, each of which may serve different but significant purposes.
Being a part of Greek life in college often results in changing members’ lives and helps to connect them to other students on campus.
“The way fraternity and sorority members are portrayed in society is unfortunate, especially given the amazing things these students do each and every day,” Alanna Hill, senior specialist for Fraternity and Sorority Life in the Dean of Students Office, said.
“Your role as a fraternity or sorority member gives you a great opportunity to prove these stereotypes wrong,” Hill added.
Greek life has existed at ISU since the 1970s, and there still remain many positives to rushing at ISU. Those who “Go Greek” typically take part in rituals that bond brothers and sisters together. These rituals are what make being a part of Greek life such a unique experience for those who join.
Rituals that each chapter performs are connected to its history, mission and values of the organization.
Greek chapters can help give members a sense of belonging — these organizations have strong brotherhood or sisterhood bonds that are made in each house, and many friendships will be for life.
Rushing can also help build up students’ resumes and teach them to be leaders. Several fraternities and sororities are involved in community service throughout the country as well as locally.
Leadership opportunities are plentiful throughout each school year through Greek life, and fraternities and sororities can be a great way to build those skills for many members.
Being a part of a fraternity or sorority can provide many of these opportunities for members. Greek life can also open doors to other Registered Student Organizations available on campus.
Students in Greek life become a part of a tradition throughout the U.S. in addition to ISU.
“The friendships you make, community you build, volunteer work you do, and programs you put on can be part of a great of your college experience at Illinois State University,” Hill said.
However, Greek life is a commitment, and students debating on whether to rush or not need to ultimately know themselves and decide what is right for them.
Greek life is a positive thing for many people on campus, but perhaps is not for everyone.
Students considering rushing should do their research and figure out what is important to them and how Greek life would fit into their lives. The commitment of being in a fraternity or sorority is a big one — one that, for many, changes their lives in very constructive ways.