Fraternities and sororities are, to some students, a big part of the college experience. Joining one of the two is probably the best way to grow long lasting friendships in college. Or is it? Since I am a junior now, I have been seriously thinking about possibly joining a sorority. My mom being an A.K.A herself is really the reason I am considering rushing1 . My mother told me that at first, her experience with the sorority wasn’t the best. She said some of her sisters2 would single her out and put her through more hazing3 than the other pledges but once my mom spoke up to them about it, the hazing stopped and they finally accepted her. Aside from the few who tried to make her eat eggshells, she did make some good friends, some of whom she is still friends with today. The whole thing about making lasting friendships and sororities being good for marketing is great, but are those things really worth it? Aside from the hazing, these organizations are also pretty pricy. Joining a fraternity or a sorority requires paying a certain amount of dues. These dues can easily be out of a college student’s budget. Being a part of one of these organizations can be life changing. You can join a fraternity or a sorority, make friends, have fun and feel as though the money and time you put out for it was worth it. However, it could be life changing in a negative way. There’s the possibility of being so focused on trying to impress and fit in with the organization’s members, that you forget who you really are as a person or make you feel insecure about yourself. I’m also worried about the amount of time being in a sorority would take from me. I’ve heard that rush week is very time consuming. You have to spend time learning about the sorority you want to join and you have to attend their functions. I wouldn’t want my school work to be affected by this. However, when I think about it, I do have a few friends who are in sororities that have straight A’s every semester. I guess it depends on the person.
“Is Joining a Fraternity or Sorority Worth It?”,
Rasheeda Campbell, torchonline.com, 2017.
1. trying to get in 2. the other members 3. degrading / humiliating treatment
Pick out information about the narrator. Why does she share her experience?
Why is she considering joining a sorority?
Find details about sorority life. What advantages are there?
What could stop her from joining a sorority?
Let's talk this out!
Share your findings with your classmates.
What effects does sorority life have on relationships between people?
Would you consider joining a fraternity or a sorority?
Prepare arguments: three in favour of fraternities / sororities and three against. Debate.
On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 2
Let’s use what you have learnt in !
With your best friend, you discuss whether or not you should join a fraternity / sorority. You disagree with each other. Imagine your conversation.
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