By: Guest On: July 23, 2010 In: Student Life Comments: 0

Joining a sorority or fraternity, though not for everyone, can be a very rewarding and exciting addition to college life in the US.

It’s a great way to get to know other students with common interests, be a part of an academic support system, and get involved with campus activities, leadership opportunities and community service.

Curious about joining a sorority or a fraternity, but don’t know where to begin? Here’s how to join a sorority or fraternity and enter Greek life:

1. Sign Up For Rush

This is the time during which sororities and fraternities invite potential members to come over and take a look at their houses. Girls usually have to visit every house before they make their choice, while boys can usually select the houses they want to visit beforehand.

2. Visit All The Houses

This is a perfect opportunity for you to talk to the members of each house and find out what they have to say about it. Getting a first-hand account of what it would be like to join the sorority or fraternity will help you decide which house is right for you.

3. Ask About Activities

Knowing which activities the sorority or fraternity participates in is critical to determining if you want to be a part of it. So don’t be afraid to ask questions! Do they do community service, have formals, social events and other activities? If you’re interested in the activities they provide, this might be the house for you.

4. Find Out What It’s Like to Live There

What’s it like to wake up and go to sleep in that particular house? What are the rules and traditions? Does anything sound unappealing to you? Make sure you’ll be happy living in the house you choose!

5. Find Your Friends

This is a great time to introduce  yourself to members of the house and see who you have similar interests with. If one house has particularly interesting members that you would like to get to know better, that could indicate that you may want to join that sorority or fraternity.

6. Make Your Choices

Mark your choices on a ballot when the time comes for you to choose. This will be provided by the houses and will tell you how to list your favorites.

7. Submit

Submit your ballots to the rush board. They will notify you if one of the houses you selected would like you to join.

8. Pledge

Once you know which house has selected you, go there and find out what tasks and chores, if any, you have to perform in order to join. After those are completed, you’re in!

Remember, when you are looking to join a sorority or fraternity, it’s important to be yourself — you want to be comfortable in the house you’re living in and be surrounded by people with similar interests! If you find a house that appeals to you, go for it! Joining a sorority or fraternity can make your US college experience that much more rewarding!

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