Greek Life ... Not a "Legally Blonde" Fantasy

By Amanda Cohen on January 6, 2015

Greek life on all University campuses inherits a somewhat negative connotation due to the media. In the classic and very entertaining movie “Legally Blonde,” sorority girls are displayed in a way that makes them appear to be stupid, uncaring, and only focused on men and shopping.

Unfortunately, Hollywood’s portrayal of sorority women has cast a dark shadow over what it means to be involved with the Greek community. However, after only a few short months, all of these assumptions have proven to be false. It is time to expose to the rest of campus what it truly means to be Greek.

Am I trying to convince you that being in a sorority does not contain a social aspect? No, because it definitely involves going out with your sorority sisters and meeting other people on campus.

However, contrary to popular belief, Greek life is not a purely social endeavor. In all sororities, members must maintain a certain GPA to be in “good standing” as well as complete an allotted amount of community service hours and house points.

Being a part of a sorority is definitely fun, but the reasons why it is so fun is not only because of the various mixers we attend, and here are a few of the reasons why sorority life is more than just fun and games.

1. Academics: Sororities constantly host events where the older members teach the younger members about certain majors and career paths that they took while at Michigan.

In addition, each sorority has a large group in which girls can ask questions about good tutors, fun and interesting classes, hard classes, professors, and GPA requirements for particular University programs.

2. Networking: College is a time of exploration; it is the time in which people find out what they want to do later in life. Not only do sororities send out weekly e-mails about internships, ambassador programs, and job opportunities, but also older members and sorority alumni provide a great source of networking when trying to find a job after college.

3. Involvement: Each sorority holds elections and offers various appointed positions to members as means for them to not only gain leadership experience, but also for members to tackle a real-world job on a smaller scale.

These various positions, such as Executive Board Members, Recruitment Chairs and Philanthropy Chairs (just to name a few), provide members with valuable job experience and also give them the organizational abilities to succeed in a job after college.

4. Philanthropy: Even though each member is required to complete a certain amount of community service hours each semester, these hours are easily fulfilled, as girls look forward to any opportunities granted to them to help other people.

Each sorority supports one organization as their major philanthropy, but each house also conducts smaller-scaled fundraising events for both local and national organizations.

Sorority life is not all about wearing pink and doing the “Bend and Snap.” Sisterhood bonding is definitely important to all houses, but we bond in ways that do not involve partying and mixing with fraternity houses.

I am currently a junior at the University of Michigan.

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