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When I first started my undergraduate career, there was one thing that I knew for sure, I would not be part of: Greek life. I always thought fraternities and sororities were nothing but partying, drinking, hazing and “paying for a friendship.” 

However, spring 2016 I rushed for a national honor fraternity, inclusive to men and women who had a high GPA. Unfortunately, the organization did not see me as a good fit. 

Fall 2017 I went to some rush events for different fraternities, and MGC’s Omega Delta Phi, Inc. peaked my interest. I remember going to the rush events, playing soccer, bowling and going to a community service event they hosted. Greek fraternities/sororities provide fun opportunities to socialize. But for some fraternities’ the main goal is to give back to the community and to form a true brotherhood/sisterhood for many years. A lot of controversy has surfaced when it comes to Greek life so here are five myths debunked:

Myth: 

Greek life will interfere with your academics.

Reality: 

Across UTSA, all Greek organizations have bylaws and GPA requirements for members. Most institutions implement study hour requirements and host events for brothers/sisters to study together.

 

Myth: 

All fraternities and sororities haze.

Reality: 

This is not true. A brotherhood or sisterhood will challenge you and help you reach your potential. Organizations are looking for people whose ideals and objectives fit the mission statement of the fraternity or sorority.

 

Myth: 

You are paying for friendship.

Reality: 

Fraternities and sororities have fees; however, these fees cover national, regional and chapter dues. The money collected helps those in need, gives back to the community or provides scholarships for members.

 

Myth: 

Greek life is not for everyone.

Reality: 

False. With over 30 Greek organizations at UTSA, you are bound to find something that matches your ideals, your morals, your visions and what you want out of your undergraduate career. This is your time. Enjoy it!

 

Myth: 

If you get rejected by one organization you should just give up.

Reality: 

This is the biggest lie. After visiting and checking other organizations you could find one that fits you better. Do not let one organization define your worth. 

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