How to Convince Parents to Agree to a Sorority

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So you want to go through sorority recruitment (formerly known as rush) this year at your chosen university. The only problem is, you aren't sure you can convince your parents to agree to a sorority. Don't worry--you can prove to your mom and dad that a sorority a worthwhile undertaking.

  • Play up the positive aspects of being in a sorority. Nationally only 50 percent of students who enter college graduate. For Greeks, however, the figure is 70 percent. Most sororities have grade point average requirements and provide scholastic assistance to their members. Every sorority has a charitable cause to which it dedicates numerous hours for the greater good. Being Greek leads to numerous future career networking options. Remind your parents that if you fail to get a job upon graduation, they may face the reality of you moving back in with them.

  • Compare the rules of a college dormitory to the restrictions of a sorority house. Most sorority houses have harsher rules than dormitories. Many sorority houses do not allow men in the girls' sleeping quarters. Dates must pick up members downstairs in the common areas. Many sorority houses have an adult "house mother" who lives on site 24/7. This person helps to insure the existence of proper behavior in the house. On the other hand, many all-girls' college dormitories allow men to sleep over any time they want and have 19-year-old "resident assistants" in charge. Many parents do not like this mental picture.

  • Volunteer to pay for the sorority yourself. If your parents do not want you to join, it may be for financial reasons. Take a part-time job in college to fund the necessary dues.

  • Remind your parents that going through recruitment does not obligate you to join a sorority. You can always go through recruitment and not pledge any Greek organization, but you still meet many new friends.

  • Assuage any fears your parents have about hazing and inappropriate behavior. Sororities no longer condone underage drinking or bizarre initiation rituals. Many Greek organizations have signed anti-hazing pledges and do not tolerate such actions from their members.

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