By Lindsey Martinovich |Staff Writer|
It’s “paying for friends”, it’s “paying to drink” and it’s “paying to be promiscuous” are the most common reactions I get from people when they find out that I am in a sorority.
These common misconceptions are so gross and unrealistic that they leave me speechless.
Half of the time I find myself sarcastically shaking my head yes to such reactions, because I’ve found that my passionate two hour explanations of what being a part of a Greek organization truly means can be a bit overwhelming to outsiders; plus the conversation gets a bit awkward when I start crying and yelling… I’m kidding.
I am also a realist and know that my defense falls upon deaf ears.
As president of my sorority, and as someone who has known that I have wanted to be in a sorority since I was seven, I can admit to being a bit bias, but I really do wish people would take the time to see what “Greek life” is all about before they start knocking it down.
As stated on CSUSB’s Student Leadership and Development website, 85 percent of Fortune 500 executives are of college fraternal pasts (also known as being “Greek”), 85 percent of U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1800 have been Greek, including the first woman Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, seven out of ten of those listed in Who’s Who in America are Greek, 76 percent of all U.S. Senators and Congressmen are Greek, all but two U.S. Presidents since 1825 have been Greek, 43 of 50 of the nations’ largest corporations are led by Greeks.”
The people that claim that all Greeks do is pay to party don’t realize that every single fraternity and sorority devout most of their time to raising money for their philanthropies and to community service.
My sorority alone, just one out of numerous Greek organizations found at CSUSB, completed 350 hours of community service in 2010; a number so outstanding that we were called on to attend a San Bernardino city council meeting to be honored for such high achievements; mind you, the 350 hours were no collective.
The people that claim that Greeks pay for their friends don’t realize that there are college students around the nation working two jobs in order to pay for their dues, because it is something they feel so passionately about, and because these “paid for friends” have become family.
That’s what sororities and fraternities do: they teach you dedication, determination, time management; they hold you to a higher standard. Most importantly, they teach you how to be a better version of yourself.
Joining a sorority/fraternity presents every single person with an opportunity to bond with people that they may have otherwise never have gotten the chance to meet due to college campuses being so large.
It provides an opportunity to get involved on campus, and to be a part of something greater than yourself.