The University of Georgia begins its Fraternity and Sorority Rush Tuesday (as do many other universities I am sure), and I’m wondering: Would you encourage your teen (or child in the future) to Rush?
Were you in a sorority or fraternity in school? Do you they think they are just as important at schools as they were in your day? What have you shared or would you share about your Greek experience with your child?
Here are some sites I found about UGA’s rush and the Greek life in general.
Here’s a quote from the front of UGA Greek Life page that interested me: “The 2008 UGA National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) found that students who are members of UGA social Greek letter organizations report higher levels of overall satisfaction with the institution (statistically significant finding).”
I did not rush although I was advised to by my mother. I just wasn’t into it. I didn’t want to be judged and try to impress people. (The irony is everyone you meet at college is judging whether they want to be your friend or not.)
I did end up joining the college newspaper, The Red and Black, at the end of my freshmen year and essentially that became like a fraternity or sorority. We spent all our time there. We went to parties with all those people. We’ve stayed in touch with those people much more so than just regular friends from Georgia, and we use those people for business connections now. (Hmm, sounds a lot like a fraternity.)
One big difference though, we got paid to work there instead of paying dues!
So, would you encourage your child (now or later) to join a fraternity or sorority and why?