Myth #1: “Joining a sorority means paying for friends.”
“Similar to many organizations, sororities nationwide require women to pay annual membership fees, which are utilized to cover the costs of events, maintain the sorority house, and support the national chapter. But money cannot buy you the support, memories, community, stories, foundation, and relationships that are built during this time.
I have found some of my closest friends and most invaluable mentors through the Greek community, both in my own sorority as well as the five others at MIT. Whether it’s working on a pset together, shopping for dresses before formal, spending school breaks with sisters, or just discussing career advice over some Café 472 froyo, these organic experiences that have shaped my undergraduate experience, all benefits of joining a sorority, are unforgettable.
I can’t place a monetary value on the experiences and insights I have gained as a member of MIT’s distinctive Greek community so far, and I know it will continue to provide support long after graduation.”
-Olivia P., AΦ ‘14
Myth #2: “Recruitment is long and boring and not worth it.”
“Recruitment can definitely feel like a long and boring process at times. But look at it this way: It’s 4 days of recruitment for 4 years (and beyond) of sisterhood.
When I went through recruitment, one of the things that kept bringing me back every day was hearing every person I talked to say that going through recruitment was one of the best decisions they made at MIT. One year later, I’m here ready to say the exact same thing to you.”
-Tori J., AXΩ ‘16
Myth #3: “I won’t have any friends outside my sorority.”
“Joining a sorority helps you become friends with a lot of people you never would have expected or had the opportunity to meet otherwise. On the flip side, not all of your friends have to be limited to what sorority you’re in. In my case, before going through recruitment I had spent the previous two summers at MIT participating in Interphase and MITES. Naturally, between those programs, my dorm, ESG, and Jr. Panhel, I had more than plenty of friends outside of my sorority to hang out and pset with. In my experience, most affiliated women maintain a good mix of friends from many diverse places, especially at MIT where the Greek community is involved in things all over campus”
-Rachel R., ΠBΦ ‘16
Myth #4: “Sorority girls are super girly and party all the time.”
“I don’t know about you, but this was one thing that I feared going into recruitment. I’d seen the movies and I knew that I did not identify with the stereotypes. Big hoodies are comfortable, pony tails are practical, and I can’t bother to put on makeup every day. I didn’t want the pressure to party Thursday through Sunday, the pressure to be wild and crazy, or to stay up the latest.
But a sorority can be what you want it to be. In my sorority, I find good friends, a community, and people that I want to be like. When and if to party is my own decision, and often I’d rather stay in watching a movie, reading a good book, or chatting with friends.”
-Katrine T., KAΘ ‘16
Myth #5: “Being in a sorority will distract me from schoolwork/other extracurricular activities.”
“When I was a freshman, I was stunned by upperclassmen in my sorority who so effortlessly managed to keep their academic success, extracurricular passions, and social life in balance. As I spent time in my sorority, I learned how to be more effective, productive, and happier through their advice.
My sisters constantly inspire me to push myself to new levels of achievement and support me with coffee, hugs, and pset help. They have publicized for my events, helped me with tough job interviews, and introduced me to people who wanted to help me. Most importantly, they keep me positive and grounded, helping me keep things in perspective, motivate myself, and ultimately succeed inside and outside of the classroom.”
-Jean X., SK ‘14
Myth #6: “Sorority recruitment is just for freshmen.”
“Coming from 13 years of an all-girls school, I never thought I’d want to be part of an all-female environment in college. But after spending a year here and making friends through a bunch of different groups, I realized I missed the kind of support and friendship that an all-female group provides. So, sophomore year I decided to go through recruitment, and it was one of the best decisions I made here. I have met so many incredible women that I never would have met otherwise as we’re not all in the same clubs, major, or dorm.
While I personally got to experience MIT without my sorority, allowing me to make the informed decision that I needed before joining one, I would definitely recommend going through recruitment, no matter what class you happen to be in.”
-Caroline A., AEΦ ‘15