Joining a sorority is the same as buying friendships
I do not deny that we live in a world where a lot of things have been reduced to commodities but this takes 1st place for the most ridiculous things I have heard about sororities. They, like any other formal clubs require membership fees in order to afford its members the pleasure of enjoying a variety of events and activities and to also offer awards and benefits to its members. Sororities I honestly fail to see how joining a sorority can be about purchasing friendships as it would also be an unfair representation of the strong and uplifting relationships that are built by members of different chapters. Also, the concept of “friendships bought” does not make any economic sense because what college student would pay for something is available to them at no cost?
Sorority girls don't care about grades
This myth exists in complete denial of the fact that every sorority has a GPA requirement as a standard for membership eligibility and also of the fact that the Greek community in general is regarded to have higher GPAs in their colleges or universities. On our own campus for example, sororities have had the highest GPAs for different academic years among all Greek organizations. The College of Idaho’s own Gamma Phi Beta Chapter for example had the highest GPA among all Greek organizations for the 2013-2014 academic year, so that myth is completely buried.
Sororities don’t engage in any “meaningful” activities
The thing about this myth is that the term “meaningful” is very subjective so I will try to explain it like this. Each and every sorority is unique in the sense that the activities that the members take part in are specific to the ideals, goals and values that are represented within each respective chapter. In other words; Under one umbrella chapter is committees and departments that are ultimately responsible for the growth of the chapter and that of each member of the sorority. Therefore, a sorority cannot survive as an organization if the structure of it is not solid enough to uphold it and essentially, if the activities that they are partaking in are meaningless. The fact that there are a few sororities on campus for example means that there is a purpose that they as groups, are fulfilling their goals year in and year out otherwise they would not exist.
However brief this analysis was, it just serves to indicate that there are widely held beliefs that are based on construed information or perhaps just innocent ignorance of how certain things function. I do hope though that this gives insight to some of those very broad assumptions and that ultimately, Greek life (especially on our beloved campus) will continue to be regarded with the utmost respect that it genuinely deserve.
Keneuoe Mphutlane is an International Political Economy junior from Lesotho, Southern Africa.