Penn State, The Benefits to Joining A Fraternity
PSU Greek Life
Why Greek Life At PSU
There are so many reasons to join a Fraternity at any school all over the country, but at Penn State it is the obvious thing to do. You will have a lot of pressure the first couple of weeks as a freshman to either join a Frat or to be a "GDI" (God Damn Independent). A lot of your buddies you met the first couple of days will have their own opnions but you should do what you think is best for you. This article is going to outline the reasons why to join a Greek organization and some reasons that might not make you so attracted to a Greek organization. I am personally part of a Greek Fraternity at Penn State and this article is the first place you should look before you talk to any of your friends that will persuade you one way or another. Before I get into any of this I want to explain to you the type of personality you have to have before joining an one of these organizations. You don't need to have all of them to be a well known member but you definitely need some of them to enjoy yourself while you are there. The first three personality traits that will be said are focused on the night life of Greek Life. They are sociable, leadership qualities, and self-control. Sociable is kind of the obvious one here. Greek life is a very social atmosphere and you need to have a personality. The second is leadership qualities because this will create a strong social network and a lot friends. You will be very well respected and have a great time. A lot of kids in Greek life are NOT LEADERS and this is what makes a lot of them attracted to leaders who have strong personalities. "The weak are always attracted to the strong". The last one, self-control, is a HUGE one. Self-control is big because people who lack it will be the ones failing behind on grades, getting into the wrong kinds of things, and having a hard time in college.
The next three personality traits are more geared toward being an actual member of your fraternity, especially if your living in the house. Considerate, laid back, and confident. All of these traits make the best brothers. It isn't the kid that everyone knows or who is the funniest, it is always the kids with these kinds of personalities that are loved and always welcomed back. Usually the individuals who everyone knows are is feared of are the kids that down the line have a hard time with brothers, get disaffiliated, or is just plain out hated. Don't be "that guy"
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Greek Life Weekends
"This life is unreal", has become a famous phrase amongst my fraternity brothers at Penn State.
Weekends at Penn State begin on Thursday, which already sounds to good to believe, but trust me at Penn State you have a four day weekend, every week. After a long week of class, studying and attending all the meetings that fill up an individuals schedule students will either find themselves bar hoping or at the fraternities, where most sorority girls can be found on a Thursday night. The sorority girls at Penn State are absolutely flawless. Sorority's at Penn State have a rigorous and extremely judgmental recruitment strategy, which creates a herd of beautiful young women. Now remember, Penn State is a more difficult school to get into then most colleges so these girls are not dumb either. Sorority girls at Penn State are beautiful, smart, and young, this is what ultimately creates the 49 fraternity's that make up Greek Life at Penn State. There are 19 sorority's and 49 fraternity's with every single guy wanting to hang out with the prestigious sorority girls at Penn State. All of these young woman swarm the streets at night which helps create "the unreal life".
After a long night on Thursday, half of the Penn State student body will be showing up to their classes hung-over, but as years go by you will get used to this. I am a junior now and I am pretty accustom to the retinue. Friday afternoon will eventually come and that's when the real fun starts. "Whip out the beers John!", is what is normally said to our social chair around 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Tossing around the football, yelling at girls passing by, or doing beer slides is what per-occupies our time until 9:30 hits, which is when everyone starts to pregame. There are 4 parts to a night at Penn State, which include a pre-game, a social or mixer, a party, and then late night. At the pre-game you get to hang-out with a sorority one on one and get that "pre-talk" in before the night ends. The social or mixer begins at 10:30 and goes to about 12:00, this is with another sorority, different from the one you previously had a pre-game with. Then comes the party a part that is almost indescribable. There are about 500 people in one fraternity, all from different houses and different sorority's. There is usually a dance floor where the younger kids try to get some quick hook-ups in and then there is the social floor where most of the older kids hang-out. The party usually lasts till about 2:30 a.m. and after a wild party people head off to the part of the night they usually don't remember, late-night. Now, a lot of people do not know what late-night is because it is something that Penn State made up, but it is pretty much an extreme party with really drunk college kids. This is where the random hook-ups happen, the inexperienced younger students throwing up, where the fights break out, and where you can't understand a word that anyone is saying to you. Its the funniest part of the night and is a hell of an experience. Anyway, most people will go home around 3-3:30 to wake up for an early tailgate for tomorrows Penn State football game
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The Bottom Line
On top of everything that comes with joining a Frat one of the most important parts of it all is building relationships with the closest friends you will ever have. Every single person in my pledge class is my absolute best friend and I would can honestly say I will have every single one them as my best-man at my wedding one day. I have seen these kids cry, I have them make out with the girl of their dreams and I have seen them bleed. If that's not a brother I don't know what is. If I had to do it all over again I would in a second. Everything was worth it and I would never trade it for the world. Now that I am a senior it is sad writing this but all great things must come to an end. For my final advice. JOIN A FRAT. Besides accepting to Penn State it was the best decision of my entire life. I hope it will be yours too. If you don't know which frat to join make sure you really take advantage of rushing. go to the zone days, go to all the events you can, but also make sure you are not falling behind in school. School should always come first!