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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