The new school year has begun, and so far your semester is off to a pretty amazing start — you love your classes, your roommate isn't a total weirdo, and despite all the horror stories you've heard about campus dining, it's not nearly as bad as you thought it was going to be. Now, it's time to think about what it is you want to do when you're not hitting the books. Should you join your school's newspaper? Sign up for theater club? Should you rush a sorority? It seems like everyone you know is getting geared up for Greek life, but how do you know if that's the right move for you?
There are many benefits of joining a sorority, and rushing can be an incredibly rich and rewarding experience. Sororities encourage sisterhood, leadership, and giving back to the community — not to mention if you join, you will have a whole network of people who will support you long after you graduate from college. The friends you meet participating in Greek life are often friends you'll keep for life, which can sound like a pretty sweet deal when you're first starting college, and don't really know anyone just quite yet.
But being in a sorority is also a major commitment — it takes up a lot of your time, and talents. Dues can be expensive, and if you're planning on joining a slew of other campus organizations and activities, adding weekly mixers and chapter meetings to your schedule may seem a little daunting. The first few weeks of college can already feel like a giant juggling act, even without the extra pressure of going through sorority recruitment.
So should you rush? Ultimately, the decision is up to you — but there are a few questions you can ask yourself now to see if Greek life is something that will enrich your college experience... or just stress you out. Check out our guide to see if rushing a sorority is for you.
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