Greek life at Radford is pretty prominent on campus, we see people wearing their letters every day around, and we hear about things going on in sororities and fraternities often. With rush week just behind us, Greek life is on top of people’s minds right now. To recruit people into Greek life, sororities will hold interest meetings for them to get to know people, and people to get to know them.
There are many misconceptions about Greek life to be aware of as you decide if you want to be a part of it or not. There are untrue things such as they only care about partying, hazing, it’s paying for friends, they only hang out with each other, and bad academics. Many people associate these things to sororities and fraternities when in fact it is much the opposite. They do many things not even close to partying such as service projects for the community to give back. You don’t “pay for friends” you build a sisterhood that in most cases follows you through life, many adults still have friends from there Greek life participation. As for academics, there are standards that come with being a part of Greek life that make you obtain certain GPA’s; they are some of the smartest and best academics on campus. Joining a sorority or fraternity can give you a sister or brotherhood that you never expected to have, and while networking isn’t a reason to be involved, you meet many people who you can build future endeavors with long after college.
While I have never actually considered rushing, it is not because I believe those untrue things about Greek life. Lindsey Lodwig, a member of Phi Sigma Sigma here at Radford said that going Greek has affected her in many ways. She said she became more confident in herself, and going through the new member process made her come out of her shell as an individual. “Becoming a sister in the Greek community showed me what it was like to have a sisterhood and be a sister. Without going Greek I wouldn’t have found my best friends and my home away from home,” said Lodwig. Many people join to find that family and brother/sisterhood they maybe never had as well as making friends, the broad range of activities Greek life participate in, and the bonds you can make. What she has said about going Greek encompasses them much more than the stereotypes that people choose to believe. There are many options for sororities and fraternities through Radford that help make it easy to find somewhere that feels like home for you. Going Greek may be the best thing that ever happened to you, you never know until you give it a shot.