One of the best parts about being in college is belonging to a fraternity or sorority.
In many cases, those who you meet in that fraternity or sorority will be friends both during your college years and for the rest of your life.
What are some things that you should be aware of to stay safe during the process of joining one of these groups?
You Can Say No
While you may be asked to do silly or embarrassing things during your rush week, you don’t have to do anything that you may regret later on. If you feel especially uncomfortable participating in an event, speak up. The same is true if you are asked to do something to someone else that you find to be in poor taste.
Know Your Alcohol Tolerance
If you are under the age of 21, you should not be consuming alcohol in any quantity. However, if you do drink, make sure that you don’t try to drive afterward as the penalties for an underage DUI can be worse than a typical DUI charge. By drinking too much, you may put your physical and sexual health at risk. Be sure that you know where you can get help if necessary before you start drinking.
Participate With Friends
The process of joining a campus organization may be easier if you do so with people who you already know or trust. This may be your roommate, people who you bonded with during orientation or others who you may have known since high school. Being around people who you trust may make it less likely that you are harassed or otherwise put in danger.
Join Organizations That Fit Your Style
Not every Greek organization on campus exists solely for drinking or hazing freshman. There are many groups dedicated to scholarly pursuits of making life better for the less fortunate in the community. These groups offer the same social benefits without the need to put yourself in a compromising or embarrassing situation for someone else’s amusement.
While you may feel the urge to fit in on campus, you need to find friends without putting yourself in unnecessary danger. Remember, anything that you do while intoxicated may be posted on social media, which could cause long-term damage to your reputation. Any DUI or sexual assault charges that you incur could also be problematic long-term. Therefore, make sure that anything you do during rush week is legal and safe to participate in.