When you start college, you might be faced with a question: Should I go Greek? “Going Greek” means becoming a part of a sorority or a fraternity and representing Greek letters with ideals you are a part of. I joined my sorority Sigma Pi Theta as a junior in college and it’s an experience I couldn’t imagine passing up.
Did you know…
- Nation-wide, there are over 9 million Greek members
- 85 percent of all Forbes 500 execs were a part of Greek life
- 40 out of 47 US Supreme Court Justices were Greek
- 76 percent of all US Congressmen and Senators were Greek
- With the exception of two, all US Presidents have been Greek
- Over $7 million is raised each year by Greeks for charity
- 850,000 hours are logged each year for volunteer work by Greeks
Clearly, going Greek is a great choice. Harvard University and MIT both have prominent Greek organizations, as well as other Boston schools such as Emerson, BU, Suffolk, and Northeastern. Fraternities and sororities are nothing like in the movies.
Greek Life Myths
Let’s dispel all the rumors right here. You don’t “pay for friendship”; you pay for your organization’s activities (Sigma, for example, had a formal last semester and we took a trip to New Hampshire last year).
You don’t “defriend” anyone who isn’t Greek. I’ve kept every friend I’ve made in college and I’m proud. What Greek life is, at the end of the day, is a community of people whom you share a common background with. That’s why we call each other “sisters” and “brothers.”
You may not get along with everyone 100 percent and you may not know every secret about each other, but you do know where each individual comes from, and it is a wonderful, uplifting experience.
Harvard Greek Life
At Harvard, Greek life is strong but small. There are no frat houses or sorority houses like you’ve seen in movies (thanks, Massachusetts laws. I would’ve loved to live with my sisters!) but there are small, tight-knit communities on campus that you can become a part of.
MIT Greek Life
Greek life at MIT is a little more prevalent. There is a Panhellenic Council, which encompasses and governs all Greek organizations on campus. It’s fun to get everyone together in one room and bounce ideas around.
If you can’t tell by the facts, Greek members are leaders, ideas people, and the makers of the world. Fraternities are generally more popular than sororities, but everyone looking for Greek companionship will find it.
Going Greek made me confront parts of myself I never had before and gave me friends and amazing connections that I would’ve never had otherwise.
With so many colleges in the Boston and Cambridge communities, there’s lots of Greek members running around our city. Go out, try an event, and see if Greek life is for you. You have nothing to lose!
– Erinn Pascal, Editor-in-Chief