I really like it a lot, honestly. Sororities unfortunately get a really bad reputation and it’s nothing like what they show in movies! I’ve made all of my best friends and future bridesmaids in mine and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. I go to a big state college in the south and sororities are a really big deal over there. However, no one in my family was ever in a sorority so I didn’t even have any ties except for people I knew from high school. I went into it blind and it turned out really well for me.
As for the hazing, where I go to school it is strictly prohibited. I’ve never been hazed… in fact, when you go through initiation you get pampered! It’s awesome! I got all kinds of gifts and presents and it was really nice and welcoming. Of course the fraternities haze but that’s a whole different story.
I don’t live in the house and the only reason is because it’s not for me. I’m really independent and have a boyfriend who lives out of town so when he comes to visit it’s not ideal. But all of my best friends live in the house and they love it! I think our house has 52 girls living there and it’s 2-3 girls per room. Living in the house here is really competitive; a lot of members really want to live here because it’s very convenient to live on campus, almost all of your meals are provided for you (except they are not always healthy), and you really get to know more people by living with them. As for the cost, it’s actually less expensive than living in an apartment because you pay one fee at the beginning of each semester and that’s it. You don’t have to worry about other bills like electricity, cable, etc. because that’s already included.
For the price of the sorority…it really may depend on what state you live in and where you go to school. Our dues are about $1,000 a semester, with the exception of the first semester, it’s about $1,500 then because it includes initiation fees and other new member stuff. That’s considered expensive compared to those in other states. I’d suggest looking online at your college’s greek webpage to see; they should have costs on there.
One more thing, when you go through the recruitment/rush process, the most important thing to remember is to be yourself. It can be nerve-wracking to talk to complete strangers on the spot knowing they are judging you, but know that they are actually more nervous than you are because they are the ones trying to recruit YOU! And don’t listen to the negativity around you like, “girls in sororities buy their friends.” That is so untrue. The dues you pay go to funding socials with fraternities, special events, formal events, maintaining the house, etc. In my opinion it’s so worth it. I’m really happy that I chose to be in a sorority and I don’t know where I’d be now if I hadn’t joined.
Let me know if you have any other questions, I’m happy to help!