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Today’s society and the media often preach against the perpetuating of group stereotypes. However, one group is often excluded from this narrative: sorority women.
Television shows and movies have long portrayed women in sororities as wealthy party girls who fail their classes and attend college for fun. For those who may not have other knowledge about Greek Life, it’s easy to believe that “Legally Blonde” and “The House Bunny” are accurate representations of sororities and sorority women. However, these portrayals couldn’t be further from the truth behind Greek Life. With misconceptions constantly surrounding the world of Greek Life, there are seven things that sorority women would like you to know.
There are strict GPA requirements to adhere to
In order to remain in good standing, sorority women must meet a minimum GPA requirement each semester. Some sororities also require that their members complete mandatory study hours. These policies ensure that members remain focused on academics and maintaining their GPA. In fact, Greeks often have higher GPAs than the undergraduate average.
Philanthropy is at the heart of sororities
Sororities are centered around service to others. Most sororities have a specific cause that they work year-round to fund raise for. This includes activities such as hosting events, selling items or baked goods, and holding campus donation drives. Sorority women work tirelessly to promote and benefit their philanthropies.
Sorority dues do not pay for friends
Instead, the dues, or fees, that sorority women pay each year go toward sisterhood retreat trips, hosting social events for members to enjoy, upkeep of the house, and in some cases, a meal plan that provides its members with two to three meals per day. Paying dues provides members with benefits that would not be available to them otherwise.
Not all sorority women are wealthy
Many sorority women work throughout college in order to pay for their dues and education. Greek organizations also often have scholarship opportunities available for their members to help aid the cost of dues or tuition.
Sorority houses have rules
Rules are in place to ensure that members are on their best behavior while in the sorority house. Contrary to the image portrayed by the media, sorority houses prohibit alcohol and alcohol-related activities or events on the grounds. In addition, some sororities also have guest limitations and curfews.
Hazing new members is forbidden
Most sororities have strict policies in place that forbid the practice of hazing its new members. Greek Life promotes anti-hazing by educating members on the harmful physical and mental effects that hazing can have on new members.