I always viewed sororities in a negative light so I decided it was time to figure out what sororities were all about. To me, the whole purpose of joining a sorority would be to meet people through what I felt to was excessive partying. I had stereotyped sororities to the extent where I felt there was no purpose in joining a sorority other than dolling yourself up to impress guys at parties. I realize, I have probably attained this skewed perception through media and films, but my faulty perception was strong enough to make me steer clear of sororities even to this day.
So I have to wonder, what is life in a sorority actually like? Is there more to it then getting drunk every weekend? And moreover, how does the drinking age and the school’s regulation come into play? In order for me to get a glimpse into the life of a college rusher, I decided to interview my friend who is currently a freshman at the University of Arizona and taking an active role in her sorority.
Q. Why do people join sororities?
A. For the sisterhood and opportunities to make lifelong friends.
Q. Are their people in your sorority that do not drink? If so, can you estimate the number of people who don’t drink?
A. Around 10 girls.
Q. What are the school’s regulations and the sorority’s rules on alcohol consumption and minors?
A. The University of Arizona is a dry campus so alcohol is not permitted in the sorority houses. When it comes to sorority registered events, minors are not allowed to drink.
Q. What are the requirements to get into the sorority?
A. There are GPA requirements that vary with every house, but for sororities as a whole, academics are very important.
Q. What do you feel is the most common misconception about sororities?
A. I feel the most common misconception about sororities is that sorority girls are dumb and ditzy and all they do is drink. In reality, sorority girls are actively involved in the community, philanthropies and academics.
After the interview, I realize that I had fallen into the biggest misconception that my friend had mentioned in our interview. Furthermore, parents should feel comfortable with allowing their teenagers going off to college to join the sisterhood. Taking a deeper look into sororities, I have found that they contribute much of their time to the environment and community while providing many networking opportunities for careers, and plus, it is a great way to make friends and get involved on a college campus. The likelihood of a college student becoming acclimated to their new environment and finding their niche is much greater if they were to join a sorority as they are less prone to depression and severe cases of homesickness.
While I realize the odds of a teenager not drinking in college are not that great, it is not in any part due to the sorority — if anything, they prevent underage drinking from happening. I believe that sororities provide a safe environment and a watchful eye to the campus life, so I would recommend that graduating high school seniors look into it.
Natasha Nicole is 18 and lives in Ventura County.