Prospective college students around the United States will soon have the option to join a fraternity or a sorority. Whether that be a social, multi-cultural or service, chants and screams will be heard from all over campus.
It is rush season and students are ready to find their new homes and their lifetime sisters and/or brothers.
However, the issue with social sororities is the lifestyle behind it all: the image that one must portray, the GPA required, the look and style, personality, as well as the cost for each sorority.
What does one really pay for lifetime friends and the accompanying closet?
According to USA Today College, the average amount of money a woman spends while being in a sorority is around $1,300 a year. The money invested into the designated sorority can hold lifelong friendships and networking opportunities from other sisters around the world.
The money spent doesn’t just stop at college. Some sororities have their sisters pay dues after graduation to keep the title of being in the sorority.
With the overall cost, not every girl will get into their choice sorority.
Some sororities look at women and see what they bring to the table.
Whether that is looks, money, personality, GPA, leadership skills, there is a home for everyone, one just has to see which home is worth their investment.
The look of the average sorority girl sounds very stereotypical: blonde and thin. Once you look at the family photo, the sisters’ similarities are striking.
In other types of Greek life, there is more diversity when it comes down to the color of their skin, and the way they are shaped.
Three years ago, the University of Alabama posted a video of a sorority recruitment where women were singing the Alpha Phi Greek song. The video was taken down due to the overall image the women were portraying that highlighted women’s looks.
The women that were highlighted were wearing Daisy Duke shorts, bikini tops and blowing glitter all over the place.
The video got so much backlash that it was taken off YouTube and the Associate Vice President of University Relations said that what the video showed did not reflect well upon the University or other students.
Thinking toward a diverse community, there are sororities and fraternities that can bring a different perspective. These service and multi-cultural fraternities can advocate for a more comprehensive attitude about Greek life. This can account for more than outward look.
At the end of the day, how a Greek organization looks doesn’t, and shouldn’t, reflect what they do for different corporations and organizations.
Choosing a philanthropy for representation and hosting charity events is what matters in the end.