By Aunjolay Lambert |Staff Writer|
I feel some people don’t understand what you can gain by being in a sorority or fraternity. I think that sometimes TV and movies can alter a person’s view of reality and I think in this case Greek organizations get the brunt of that.
For example movies like “Old School” and “Animal House” can suggest that fraternities and sororities are around just to have a good time.
“Some of the negative things I’ve heard are that the girls are easy and the guys just like to drink and party,” said Ashlynne Macan, a member of a co-ed fraternity at CSUSB.
Last summer I went on vacation to Virginia and my cousin, who is in a sorority, showed me around her campus and introduced me to some of her friends who were a part of Greek organizations.
While I was there, they brought me to events and fundraisers they put on for local charities in their community. I was amazed at the bond they had with their members and their community.
I believe that movies and TV don’t give being in a fraternity or sorority justice for all the other good things they represent. Brotherhood and sisterhood are what fraternities and sororities represent, and I don’t know about you but in this economy, you need somebody to have your back and be there when you need a hand.
“Being in a fraternity or sorority can help you in building relationships that can last you a lifetime,” said student Stephanie Brown. Honestly, I think a person should want to be apart of something with some substance and character, if you’re going to be tied to it for the rest of your life.
What’s the point in having your name tied to something that only represents partying and drinking? I would rather become a better person rather than the best drinker.
With opportunities to help your community, to develop leadership skills, grow in academics and the ability to network, you can become a well-rounded individual by going Greek.
I would think that people would jump at the chance to be a part of something so big, especially when it entails giving back to the community.
“The best thing about being in a sorority is living the full college experience and being a part of something that is bigger than yourself,” said Macan.
Being in a fraternity or sorority would help your career opportunities.You would get to meet people that you never thought you would meet, shake hands with professionals and have conversations with people who can help you in life.
“Do you party all the time?” shouldn’t be your first question when deciding whether or not to join a sorority or fraternity. I would suggest getting more information from studentleadership.csusb.edu and find out what sororities and fraternities are about, because I’m sure the wild parties won’t keep you interested for a lifetime.