Fraternity and Sorority Life is an aspect of student college life in which many men and women choose to become members; though, while membership means being one part of a larger organization, each individual fraternity brother and sorority sister has a personal and distinct story of how and why they joined the brotherhood or sisterhood to which they belong. Contrary to popular culture depictions, Fraternities are not real like "Animal House" and Sororities women are not the college version of the characters from "Mean Girls".
Sorority Myths Debunked
MYTH 1: Sororities only give bids to women who act and look like the sorority stereotype.
Actually, the classic “Sorority Girl” stereotype of a Barbie-esque snob is the LAST person sorority organizations are looking to recruit. Our sororities consist of academic scholars, campus leaders (in FSL and other organizations all over campus), philanthropists, and women who keep open minds. Sorority women call themselves sisters, meaning a special bond of friendship between the members, and the organizations are looking for new members who will support their relationships and make the group stronger—not stereotypes that would disrupt those.
MYTH 2: If you’re in a sorority, you can’t be involved in anything else.
At Rollins, sorority women from every chapter can be found across the campus—not just as members of other groups and activities, but as leaders within them! Women who belong to sororities are a diverse group with equally diverse interests. From theatre to politics, SGA to athletics, sorority women at Rollins practice some simple time management to enjoy every aspect of campus life. Rollins chapters are no strangers to sharing the talents of their members with the broader community and support their sisters with programs and internal structures designed to encourage other commitments.
MYTH 3: Sororities haze new members.
Not only is hazing a federal offense banned by all campuses and sorority national headquarters, it also just doesn’t make sense when you’re trying to build relationships. Sorority women know that their sisterhoods are built on trust and friendship, not on intimidation or cruelty.
MYTH 4: Sorority women care more about binge drinking than GPAs.
If this were true, there probably wouldn’t be any members of the FSL community on campus. Binge drinking, itself, is discouraged under the judicial and standards boards of the individual chapters on campus, and all of the sororities at Rollins have minimum GPA requirements to join, as well as programs designed to foster and encourage academic success within the chapters. Rollins fraternities and sororities, like those at most colleges and universities in the nation, boast higher average GPAs than the average undergrad GPA, as well as higher graduation rates.
MYTH 5: Sorority women are “buying” their friends.
While it is true that sororities require dues each semester, that fee is not a price tag for your friends. Just like any social or athletic organization, or personal hobby/activity, it takes money to run a sorority. Dues pay for things like socials, event transportation, philanthropy support, house maintenance, and even t-shirts and gear. Taking on a new sport would require similar expenses for lessons, a uniform, gear, travel plans for games, and membership to athletic facilities. In addition, many sororities offer payment plans and financial options, as well as open the doors to scholarships available to members.
MYTH 6: During Recruitment, sororities only take freshmen girls.
Although the majority of women enrolled in Formal Recruitment are first-year students, many upperclassmen also partake in the process and join an organization on Bid Day. Sorority women are students, too, and they understand that making the commitment to join a chapter has to come at the right time—which may after a year or two of already being on campus.
Fraternity and sorority life is a great way to get involved in the Rollins College experience. We enjoy spending time together for campus and organizational events as well as campus wide service and leadership opportunities. Many organizations provide their members with the opportunity to attend leadership seminars and conferences. Fraternity and sorority life provides the opportunity for students to gain valuable leadership experience by becoming a member on an executive board, by getting involved on governing boards; IFC and Panhellenic, and by connecting you to many other organizations and individuals on campus. The relationships you can form as a member of a fraternity or sorority can open many doors to you beyond your college experience.
Find a Home Away from Home
The chapters at Rollins strive to make the transition to college successful. Our chapters provide their new members with the opportunity to live, eat, and socialize with its members on a daily basis. In fraternity and sorority life, we strive for each student to find a new home in their particular chapter and among their campus friends. Through the chapter’s alumni associations, your will find a home away from home that extend beyond your college years. Coming to college is not always easy but by becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority you have the opportunity to make life long friends.
We believe that academics are central to the college experience and strive to provide opportunities for our members to excel in the classroom. Many of our chapters host study sessions, academic improvement programming, and provide monetary scholarships.
Countless past and present leaders of our society are members of fraternal organizations. For example, 120 of the Forbes’ 500 CEOs are Greek and 18 U.S. Presidents since 1877 are Greek. Leadership can learned in fraternities and sororities by serving on executive boards, leading committees, or even planning an event. In addition, many of our chapters provide funding to attend regional and national leadership conferences.
Brotherhood and Sisterhood
The relationships that are developed in fraternities and sororities will last a life time. Our chapters strive to provide a ‘home away from home’ environment for their members, knowing that you can always turn to your brothers and sisters for help. Fraternity or sorority membership instantly connects to thousands of people (including alumni/ae).
We believe in giving back to our College and the Winter Park community. Fraternities and sororities are the leading student groups in service and philanthropy. Although each chapter supports its own cause, we also participate in campus wide events such as Dance Marathon, Halloween Howl, and Relay for Life.
We are committed to learning even outside of classroom. Many of chapters host educational workshops on time management, goal setting, and resume writing. We even host campus wide events to educate all students on major collegiate issues such as the dangers of drunk-driving, sexual assault, and many others.