Three Sorority Stereotypes Squashed
There are so many stereotypes out there about sororities, so we are here, to tell the truth about some of the most common ones.
Stereotype #1: Being in a sorority is all about parties!
The truth is being in a sorority may provide you with social opportunities that can include invites to parties and going out, but it is by no means a requirement or expectation. In reality, sororities have expectations for their members. These expectations vary from chapter to chapter, but you can expect any sorority to have guidelines of how their members should behave in social settings surrounding alcohol. One of the most common expectations is no underage drinking. Also, sorority houses actually are not allowed to have alcohol, even for the girls who are 21. There are many girls in sororities who choose not to attend parties, and there is no judgment for that. I know for myself, I loved having sisters to watch movies and stay in with on a Friday night.
Stereotype #2: Sorority women are all blonde, blue-eyed, and skinny.
This one couldn’t be further from the truth. There is no cookie-cutter sorority girl. While movies may portray only a certain “type” of women can join a sorority, the truth is that there is a sorority that is out there for anyone’s hobbies and interests.
Stereotype #3: Sorority women are rich.
This is a very common stereotype about sororities and it causes many women to avoid rushing because they think they won’t be able to afford it. I can’t speak for every campus because it does vary from campus to campus, but it is very possible to afford Greek life in addition to your regular expenses. I know for my campus, in particular, a large majority of my sisters pay for their sorority dues on their own, in addition to their rent, food, and books. It comes down to setting a budget for yourself and deciding if the sorority experience is worth it to you.