Is Augie Greek life over-emphasized among students?

Hailey Glasnovich

Augustana College’s Greek life is unique because there are few national Greek chapters. Big-name universities have a more selective format for nationalized sororities and fraternities because they host students in chapter houses, limiting the number of students who can join. The importance of joining Greek life is downplayed because the odds of someone being chosen are slim. 

In contrast, Augustana prides itself on being all-inclusive and diverse with Greek life and claiming everyone has a place. Despite how glamorous it might seem, Greek life is not worth the cost, time commitment and social status.

Many overlook another big aspect of Greek life: the time commitment it takes to be a member. 

Rushing season alone causes students to become stressed; whether it be actives or recruits, students are losing sleep and missing classes because of prioritizing Greek events. Even my professors know about this time of the year, telling students rush season does not give an excuse to be late to classes. 

Recruits for Greek life are typically First-Years wanting to fit in and make friends with a new social group. However, this is a stressful, exhausting time for them.

From a lack of sleep due to participating in rushing requirements, to desperately wanting to fit into “the perfect frat or sorority,” First-Years end up suffering the consequences of this hectic schedule.

I think the most unspoken consequence of joining a Greek life organization is the social status that comes with it. Everyone wants to fit into a group, but tensions may divide friends who either choose different Greek groups or get accepted into different ones. 

Sororities and fraternities around campus have different goals and motives for their organizations, which usually fit the desire of the recruits. 

The affiliation alone can stimulate a sense of reputation within each organization that affects a person’s social connection on campus. Some Greek affiliations have negative reputations on campus. 

The unhealthy culture that sprouts from pushing a need to be involved in Greek life, the unwelcoming nature of those in a group against those not involved and the priority of one’s social life over everything else are unacceptable. 

I do not think this speaks for everyone involved with Augustana’s Greek life. I have many friends who are in sororities and fraternities on campus. 

However, from the standpoint of someone who is not affiliated with a Greek group, Augustana’s Greek life is not worth it, and I suggest that students should save their time and money.