posted on Jan, 26 2007 @ 02:55 AM
Fraternities, as well as the whole collegiate experience in general, is not what it used to be. In the 1950's, only the brightest and most
academically inclined people went to college. College meant something, and a college degree was a passport to success Many of these people joined
fraternities, so fraternities were elite just because they were made up of only the brightest people, i.e those who could get into college, and their
members were often successful because they were college educated.
While only the brightest go to good colleges like Ivy League schools, pretty much anybody can go to a college today. A college degree is no longer a
passport to sucess because going to college is highly ordinary. Fraternities, who have always had typical college students in their ranks, are now
largely made up people who are not particularly brilliant and who are not going to be highly successful.
I would agree with others that fraternity membership is not an automatic passport to success. If anything, they can be a detriment. First of all,
being a member of a fraternity is not going to automatically get you into jobs or other positions. I had a friend who did not get a job after
interviewing with an alumnus member of our fraternity. Being in a fraternity is at best, one of many organizations and groups you can be a part of
that will help you network. Other groups include churches, professional societies, charities, sports teams, and civic organizations.
Fraternities can be a detriment, as they can be a distraction in college. I felt my collegiate experience was worsened by being in a fraternity.
Fraternity life is not just distracting because of the alcohol and drugs that are rampant, but because of all the bickering and politics that occurr.
When you live in a fraternity, you have several room mates. Many of them will be good people, but all it takes is for a small handful of them to be a
negative influence to ruin your experience. Every fraternity has a small handful of people that care too much about things you could care less about,
and these people will stir up trouble that you really do not want. Fraternity members can be some of the most petty and duplicitous people, people
you should not be living with.
So to anyone out there who is thinking of joining a fraternity, my advice to you is
1. keep good relationships with Greeks so you can go to their parties. After a while, you will get bored with that scene, and so will your Greek
2. Use the time and energy you would have devoted to greek life and redirect it to other things. Study more, join other student groups, and maybe
take up something that can better yourself like music or a sport.