Saturday, July 24, 2010
The first day of school can be both exciting and pretty scary. As I explained in my first post entitled "My Journey to Greek Life" the first day can be overwhelming. Meeting your dorm-mate/suite-mate for the first time...Will you get along? Does he/she want to pledge a Greek organization? Will it be the same organization you want to pledge? Do you share your desires with them? Will you make a good first impression with them, or the future members on campus, and so on...
I would never EVER advised anyone to tell their aspirations with someone they JUST met! I will never forget my first roommate in school. She was hoping to get a bid in Delta Zeta (she was Caucasian) but was also hoping to get a bid from Alpha Gamma Delta. She was SO excited about school, and couldn't wait to become Greek. She asked me what I wanted to join, and I told her I was weighing my options (Although I already knew DEEP IN HEART that I wanted to be a delta. So are their differences between pledging a predominantly White Org oppose to a Black Org? I would say yes. On my college campus, they all dress alike, walk in arm in arm with each other across campus, and are always together. They are also allowed to wear the Greek letters before they are initiated...I was SHOCKED when I first saw my roommate come home with all the Greek paraphernalia. At first I was like DANG....you became a member already?? She explained to me that she wasn't and that this was gifts from their pledge mom while they were going through the process. Quite different from the BGLO experience, that's for sure.
I would always advise that if you don't know anything about Greek Orgs in general, to attend as many Greek events that you can. This is a great way to not only learn about the org, and its members, but to also find out more about the chapter. Most schools have a "Meet the Greeks" event that I will go more in detail in another blog. If your school has this, I would highly recommend that you attend.