Greek Life 6

Who are sororities for? Is it hard to get in and would a shy/introvert person be happy in one, generally speaking?

well i don't think sororities are aimed at a specific demographic, but i will say that it tends to favor white/wealthy people. it is hard to "get in," but that applies to most clubs at Penn, too (unfortunately). my roommate rushed her freshman year, and i remember she was gone from like 9am to 11pm for the first day b/c she had to go around all the sororities, talking to them, trying to get her name across. it is a tiring process, esp for introverts, b/c you're shivering in the cold while wearing heels and dresses.

it doesn't hurt to try though b/c it's good to go out of your comfort zone and try new things. you never know what'll happen unless you try. but if you know yourself well enough and know that you would not be happy there, then no need to go through that process.

Hopeful Horse, 04/08/20

If I'm not interested in drinking/parties, should I still rush a sorority?

Sororities can be lots of things - they can give you a community, a network of people on campus, philanthropic opportunities, and yes, lots of social opportunities like mixers and formals. It's definitely not uncommon for girls in my sorority not to drink, and everyone is super respectful of that. It's more rare for girls not to want to go to parties, even if it's just to hang out with their sisters. I would say there's a lot you can get out of a sorority if you're not into that stuff - a close network of friends, philanthropy, social events outside of parties, etc. - but I will say that Greek life in general is structured to be a social activity, and the most common form of that is partying on the weekends, so you may want to ask yourself whether it's worth it both with your money and your time/energy to rush if you think you won't be attending the majority of the social events where you'll get to hang out with other girls. However, this also totally depends on the sorority, and some are more focused on partying than others. I'd say if you're in doubt, rush, talk to the girls about this, and see if you think it's for you!

Kindred Koala, 20 January 2020, 4:25PM

What's it like rushing for/being in a sorority? How big is the time commitment during the year?

Kindred Koala, 11/07/19, 9:19PM

Rush week for social sororities is always kind of rough - it wasn't as bad as people made it out to be, but it is definitely exhausting and consists of really long, cold days, so definitely dress warm and try not to get sick! There will be a lot of small talk; that's just the nature of meeting so many people in a short amount of time, and it can definitely feel superficial since you definitely can't really get to know someone in 5-15 minutes. It can be discouraging if you take it personally, but please don't - it absolutely doesn't say anything about your worth, and if it doesn't work out for you, you will still be totally fine! Most people I know ended up somewhere that worked out for them, and they've made the most out of it. Plenty of people also decide it's not for them during rush, and they find their community in other places.

As for the time commitment, I'd say it depends on the sorority - some have a point system where you have to attend a certain number of events to get certain privileges like formal, and I think all of them at least have mandatory events like chapter once a week and other philanthropy/education stuff. The first semester will definitely be the highest time commitment since there is new member education with your new pledge class and you'll be getting to know everyone. That being said, besides the mandatory events I think the time commitment can be whatever you want it to be! Some people are definitely a lot more involved than others, and you can go to whatever social events fit in your schedule.  

Do I have to be a Wharton student to join Penn's Business Fraternities? (freshman year)

Nope! Two of my friends in Engineering received bids for business frats. Definitely not a requirement.

Zesty Zebra, April 15th 2019, 3:09 PM

What is Tabard??

An off-campus sorority

Petty Panda, April 14 2019 6:12 PM

Should I be involved in Greek Life? I'm a little hesitant / not sure if it's right for me.

When I got to Penn, I was also hesitant to become involved in Greek Life. I always thought Greek Life was very heteronormative and exclusive. When I got to Penn, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Greek Life was pretty accepting of all people and inclusive to those who wanted to give it a try.

In Freshman year, I joined a professional business fraternity because I wanted to be more exposed to a diverse group of individuals interested in business. I have absolutely loved this community and recommend rushing to my friends.

Only 25% of Penn students are a part of a Greek organization, so it definitely is not something you have to do; however, I'd say it's worth giving it a shot if you are looking for a new community.

Amazing Ant, April 8th 2019 3:25pm