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Is It Worth It?


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.
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1
a. Present the text briefly.


b. Find words in the text to match each definition.

1) a final year student at highschool (n.) ➜
2) give somebody particular attention (exp.) ➜
3) promises (n.) ➜
4) very expensive (adj.) ➜
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a. Collect information about the narrator.

Family Studies Friends

b. Read the text and say if these statements are true or false. Then justify with a quote from the text.

1) The narrator made the decision to join a sorority all by herself.



2) The narrator’s mother had a very good experience of Greek life right from the start.



3) Based on her experience, it’s a good way to develop social relationships.

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3
Complete the table with key words from the text.

Positive aspects of Greek life Negative aspects of Greek life
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MEDIATION
Let's recap! List all the pros and cons you would consider if you were invited to join a fraternity or a sorority. How would you answer the question “Is it worth it?”

Useful vocabulary: I need to first mention that... What is worth noting is that a fraternity / a sorority can... I wouldn’t get in... On the evidence of this text, I believe that…

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