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So I have been back and forth about rushing and joining a fraternity this fall. I'd like too and my roommate and others have been urging me too. Just wanted to get some advice from the board! thanks guys!
Pros: Good opportunity to network with people that could possibly aid in landing you a job. Chance to do community service. But then again you could do either of these outside of a fraternity.
Cons: Right or wrong, you'll have things automatically assumed about you that may be true, or may not. Cost $. Time consuming.
Just my two cents.
Joining a fraternity was one of the best and most influential decisions that I have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to meet the girl that would become my wife. It helped me focus on my talents and make a career decision that was best for me. My best friends are my brothers. I have a network of brothers that I can go to for almost anything.
All that being said, it is not for everyone. I encourage you to go through rush and see if any groups match your beliefs, etc. You don't lose anything by checking it out.
Focus on academics and career progression activities. You'll be better served in the long run.
As a freshman at UT back in 1981 I would have considered myself one of the most "anti-Greek life" students on campus. Ironically, my group of guys that I had fostered a relationship with in the dorm throughout our freshman year, decided to just go through "rush week" in the fall of our sophomore year.
We all had a change of heart and ended up pledging the same fraternity. It proved to be a wonderful experience for me, not only then but still today. That same "band of brothers", no pun intended, remains as close 32 years later as we were back then. We are spread out all across this great country, yet we remain very close and stay in constant communication. That is a powerful blessing.
I benefited from scholarship monies from my national fraternity and got involved in a myriad of different initiatives on campus, likely things I may not have experienced otherwise.
Today, I remain supportive of my national fraternity foundation, as well as my beloved UT, in financial ways and other.
It is not for everyone. It has proven to definitely be for me.
Trust yourself and follow your heart. You will make the correct decision either way.
God bless and Go Vols!
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Have you ever heard the phrase "it's not what you know, it's who you know"? Well, 18 years into my professional career, I've found this to largely be true. The more people you know and are friends with, the better your chances for success. Fraternities foster this ideal. I wasn't in a frat, but I played sports and went to a very well-connected high school. Those things have helped me immensely in my career, and if I hadn't had those things going for me, I would have found them in a frat. I would strongly urge you to check it out or else be prepared to be a networking fool in college.
I never joined a frat and was decidedly anti-Greek. Never was a drinker/partier.
I found a group of 10-12 people in my undergrad major that were in almost all of my classes from sophomore year on and that was "my group" without all the forced socialization, hazing, drinking, and "duties". I am still in touch with all those people and we get together at least every couple of years. We all diverged into different careers, but we still have that bond. Greek works well for some, but I feel like it's time has come and gone. College is too awesome and too big to confine yourself to a group immediately.
I chose not to pay for my friends and made friends on my own.
Pros : helps meet a lot of new people
Cons: helps meet a lot of douches
In the early going it's great for parties, girls, parties and girls. Later on it becomes a good way to network through the business side of your life and you come through with great friends.
However, the way networking is done these days, the networking part is becoming unnecessary. You kids network more now than we did in the late 90's, and I knew everyone and had everyone's phone number memorized. With Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine et al., then with having your phone also handle your emails, why do you need to pay for extra networking?
Alright, I've been anti-frat and pro-frat and ultimately joining my fraternity was the best thing I've done.
Pros: Friends for life, a place to hangout when there's nothing to do, networking, leadership opportunities, volunteering opportunities, homecoming (it's fun).
Cons: can be time consuming, people who don't like Frats accuse you of buying your friends, dues are expensive, living in the house can get on the way of academics.
Met my wife
We got pregnant half way through my senior year and not a single guy tried to even offer help to make it go away. All of them told me it would be alright, that I'd be a good dad and they all had my back. Love them for that.
Years later, the dad of one if the guys died in a tragic accident and a bunch of us showed up and cried with him. I'd take a bullet for them and carry my letters tattooed on my leg.
And for those who know soccer:
I agree with DeltaVol. I would only add that while I did not get a wife out of the deal, joining a fraternity was one of the best things I have ever done. I made relationships through the fraternity that i would not trade for the world. From a career standpoint, it has helped me better manage several issues that arise when working a law firm/legal division. At the end of the day, it is not for everyone but then again, what is?
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This post was edited by utkdominic 10 months ago
Instead of joining a fraternity, you could join a club sport. Find something your good at and pursue that. I played lacrosse through my 4 years a UT and never felt the need to join a fraternity. Those guys are still my closest friends.
I worked in the club sports dept also while I was in school and I can tell you that pretty much every one of those clubs is just as close. You still have to pay dues, but the way I looked at it, we were doing more than just hanging out together everyday. We were united towards a common purpose, to win games.
When I left there were 40+ clubs to look into. Everything from rugby to gymnastics. If you are at all athletic, or even if you aren't, I would encourage you to look into a club sport.
Join one and see for yourself.
If you are going somewhere other than UT go PIKE. UT's chapter was shutdown because of lies.
I was in a frat for a quarter, but I quit for two reasons. It was way too expensive, and they honestly did not approve of me having friends outside the frat. That was ridiculous and it was the dealbreaker for me.
I quickly realized I would have more friends and a more diverse group of friends by not being Greek. I never regretted that decision.
The journey to becoming an Ironman
There are definitely pro's and con's of joining a fraternity. I did and it was a great experience for me, but also had the drawback of making people assume things about me that weren't true (my parents were rich, I mistreated women, I drank a lot, etc). Definitely go through rush just to check it out. If you do join one though remember that you don't have to confine yourself to that one group of people.
Pros: Girls, Girls, Girls.
Cons: For every cool person you meet through greek life there's 20 douchnozzles running around.
The Pros outweigh the Cons.
This post was edited by GBOorGoHome 10 months ago
If you want to meet the best looking rich girls in the state of TN join a frat, I didn't and regret it to this day. If you want to hang out at Clement Hall and stand around kegs with the guys at the rugby house in the fort then don't join a frat. Your social life at UT is in your hands, I would have joined the frat if I had it to do it over again.
lies like them, uh, getting wasted by chugging wine via enema?
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