The process of seeking out a fraternity or sorority can be a little intimidating and confusing. Trust me guys, don’t over think this process it is simpler than you think. First, do a little research to discover if Greek life is the right fit for you. Many people I know will go the through process and end up dropping out wasting a bunch of time and money.
If you are still on the fence, here is a great blog on 5 reasons to go Greek: https://oneclass.com/blog/buffalo-state-college/49282-5-reasons-to-participate-in-greek-life-at-buffalo-state.en.html
So you’ve made the decision to join for a lifelong commitment, you are on your way to meeting your best friends, future business partners, and possibly your bridesmaids or groomsmen.
Let’s start with rush week, this week usually takes place a week or two into the fall or spring semester. Full disclosure, I will be focusing on fraternities since I’m a male and that’s the organization I joined. The university will have Greek information night where different fraternities on campus will be tabling to show you what they can offer. The key here is to go talk to all of them, not just the one your family member is a legacy at or one that your roommate is interested in. Gather rush information so you will know where there are doing there rush events, what time, and what to expect. Most of the time rush events will have something to do with a BBQ, sports day, or different events. I can still remember the first time I walked into a fraternity house, my blood was pumping and I was officially excited for my next for years of college.
Do’s and Don’ts: You have arrived at your first fraternity house, now what? DO walk around introducing yourself to the active member, ask questions to get to know them. What is important here is you are seeing if you fit in with the group of guys. DON’T hide in the corner with your friend or reenact a movie seen you saw out of animal house, everyone will hate you. The biggest goal of rush is to figure out what house you fit into.
You’ve found a house you really like, you fit in, and are getting along with all the guys. It is time to get yourself a bid. If you don’t already know what a bid is from doing your research it is an invitation to come back and do an interview. The most important step to joining the fraternity you chose is your interview. All the active member will be present, relax and just be yourself they were all in your shoes at some point. Waiting for the call back to receive the news of you made it or not is gut wrenching, but if you do get in you are in for the best time of your life.
If you made it to this point, you must be interested in joining a fraternity. Go purchase the book TFM, crack a cold one, and read up on what it’s like to be a pledge.
You can purchase the book here: https://totalfratmove.com/