To Rush or Not to Rush?

AmeliaBeaudry Senior Section Editor

Being in a sorority or fraternity in college is something that many people look forward to their freshman year. Now that we’re finally seniors, it’s time to start thinking about whether or not to join into the “Greek life” at your college of choice.

Joining a “frat” or “srat” is usually the easiest way to meet new people in the new college environment. Since everyone is going in with a blank slate, it is good to mingle with people that are similar to you so you can make new friends. Once you are accepted into a sorority or a fraternity, you will be around these people almost everyday leading to lifelong bonds.

Rushing is also an amazing way to overcome lurking shyness while you are trying to fit in with new people. Being almost forced to talk to all of the different people can lead you to be more outgoing and personable, making it easier for people to remember who you are and want to get to know you better. There are also a bunch of events and charity services involved with the Greek life that can get you more involved on campus and around the area.

While rushing seems like something that a large percentage of people do, only a small amount of students actually go Greek. At Auburn University in fall 2011, for example, a mere 28% of students rushed. Even if you don’t want to join a sorority or fraternity, there are many other ways to meet new people in college. You can join clubs, study groups, or even just bond with people in your dorm or on your hall. College is a once in a lifetime experience and if you aren’t going to be happy rushing, don’t feel that you are pressured to join it.

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