10. It forces you to talk to new people without the help of a group.
While yes, you’ll meet a lot of people through Greek life, there’s also a chance you’re missing out on some other great, non-greeks! My university has a 30% Greek population. This outstandingly high number means that there are A LOT of people in letters around campus. But there are also tons of other people that you should go out of your way to meet! Personally, I met my two best friends (and future roommates) as well as my boyfriend during welcome week because I wasn’t participating in rush. Meeting them and joining later is something I would never trade.
9. You have more time to settle into the college life (a.k.a., Netflix and pizza whenever)!
Freshman year is hectic, to say the least. That first month after moving in is probably the most fun and stressful part. You have freedom to eat all the food and watch all the Netflix that you want. But you do have to come back to reality sometimes and settle down for classes. It’s a hard transition and having more time to figure it out doesn’t hurt.
8. There’s more time to get to know what the sororities on campus do.
One of the reasons you are suppose to rush right before (or the first week) of school is to give every sorority a fair chance. In other words, they are trying to cut off the bias that some girls may have against sororities due to their reputations and what fraternities they hang out with. Let’s be honest: most people have probably looked up rankings on Greek Rank anyway, so you might as well take the time to actually get to know what each sorority does on your own, with more time. Ignoring “bad” reputations is easy when you’ve seen them all through the year and can point out at least a few great things each sorority has done.
7. You figure out very quickly how badly you want to be in a sorority.
Obviously, I waited to join or I wouldn’t be writing this article. After skipping social rush last Fall, I realized very quickly how much I wanted to be in a sorority. I’m not sure if it was seeing everyone’s recruitment pictures, hearing about people from home finding their place, or just being a little jealous of all the cute t-shirts, but I was definitely sure after my first two weeks in college that I did want to be in a sorority – no matter how scared I was to rush originally.
6. There’s a greater opportunity to join a lot of groups at once with the greater time allowance.
I ended up joining a few different groups once I started classes – mostly because I figured out my schedule quickly and realized that college equals a lot more free time than high school ever did. Use the time to try a million different clubs. In the end, you might stick with one or two, but at least you had the time to try.
5. It gives you more time to talk to people, understand how rush is, and what being in a sorority means.
I’ll be honest – I was two clicks away from submitting my Fall rush forms, then I chickened out. After hearing some horror stories about rush, I didn’t want to go through feeling extremely judged and rejected before I even started college. Waiting to rush gave me a chance to find out what actually happens at recruitment, what sororities mostly look for, and how being in a sorority will effect my time, classes, and social life. I had the opportunity to learn much more than the internet (the place that terrified me out of rushing in the first place) could ever teach me.
4. Your judgment is no longer clouded due to the immediate change in scenery and greater freedom.
Like I said, college is confusing. EXTREMELY CONFUSING. Every time my friends and I do something ridiculous, it becomes a #socollege moment in our lives (and on instagram). Those memories seem to live on forever as an effect of the freshman year craze. Knowing better now how to manage school and my freedom, I’m able to choose a sorority that fits my life.
3. You’ll save yourself (or your parents!) money by not throwing in another cost to your already expensive first year.
As many of you may know, joining a sorority is expensive. While dues may not be that high, there is a large cost when you add up formal, social attire, fundraisers, and t-shirts (you know you want them every time). It’s also hard to say no to supporting other sororities and fraternities in their fundraisers, so those costs add up. While most of it is optional, the lower cost of not joining the first semester will help at least a little. Knowing the true cost by talking to people can help you save up!
2. You get at least a semester (or two) to figure out what exactly you want out of a sorority.
At first, I really just wanted something to do with my time. Then, I wanted to work with services projects (hence my service sorority). Now, I’ve realized that what I mostly want out of my sorority is close friendships with my sisters. Taking the time to figure out what you want out of a sorority will give you the chance to find the right sorority for you.
1. You always have a second chance to rush, but there’s no second chance to go to every welcome week event or have a random party in your dorm room every now and then. Having no responsibilities the first semester can ease stress.
I do not regret waiting to rush. Waiting led me to my best friends, my boyfriend, and countless other amazing people in my life. It let me join my service sorority without the extra stress of a social sorority. Now, I can’t wait to use my second (and last!) chance at rushing a social sorority! I’ve taken this year to learn that college is about making memories and I’m excited to expand my own friend group to include more people who feel the same way.
Wait To Rush A Sorority!!