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This the common misconception - and usually while I feel the need to always post in these type threads. Most people only see that part of the fraternal life, and therefore the stereotype becomes "paying for friends, girls, and parties."
My experience is probably pretty typical - my brother and several high school friends joined the same fraternity, where they found other guys they would have been friends with - with or without the fraternity. When I came to USC it was the same - several friends already there, several I had already met thru my brother and high school friends, and several others who immediately became friends during rush. We also all had plenty of friends and activities outside of the fraternity, but the fraternity was our core.
While there our GPA (and Greek GPAs in general) crushed the overall student body, and we exponentially racked up more service hours and community work than the typical student. We were serious about study groups, grades, etc and all helped each other. We also partied our arses off to blow off steam and have fun, which is what people will only see because that is what they want to believe. Well how many college kids don't do that?
I was also an officer, and thru that was exposed to numerous prominent alumni and Columbia business and community leaders - a network I started and still maintain today...along with a core group of now successful friends and families who I regularly keep in touch with. Those real-life experiences IMHO put me a step ahead of most college grads entering the labor market after college.
Just my two cents...never seems to matter as there will always be those who trash fraternities and whole-heartedly buy into the stereotype. Then there will be those who lived it and understand how much more it was than just parties. And if you weren't in a fraternity that is totally cool too - probably had many of the same experiences - I just don't see the need to trash them if you weren't. And don't tell me it's b/c some jerk fraternity guy treated you mean or started a fight - that was probably going to happen with or without the fraternity.
This post was edited by MCC 13 months ago
You still rockin it with your boyz from LaBorde? mad late night mario cart tournies?
not me. had the social skills of a dumbwaiter & the intellectual preparation of a dwarf in a travelling circus.
I sort of kept to myself. only came out at night as I recall, funnily
Funny as hell right there.
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