Everyone has had to live with a stereotype. But after attending Temple's Greek Leadership Conference and discussing Greek stereotypes, I started thinking about how groups almost always fail to live up to their negative labels.As one of my college SigEp brothers said one bleary Sunday morning (he was somewhat 'under the weather' from the previous evening's cotillion): "Pay for friends? Bullshit! With all the money I put into this place, I could have bought much better friends than these."
In my own case, I'm a girl, so I must love pink and hate "Star Wars." While I do love pink, I also happen to be a "Star Wars" junkie. I'm from a small town, so people think I'm naive. However, I know people who grew up in big cities and don't have a clue about the real world.
I'm also a sister in the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. That must mean that I'm a witless slut with a cup of jungle juice permanently strapped to my hand, right?
I refuse to be a hypocrite and profess my lifetime crusade against stereotypes because I have probably helped fuel a few. However, thinking about my Greek experience has opened my eyes to how unfounded all stereotypes probably are.
People think that Greeks are stupid. It upsets me that sometimes I don't want to show off my letters in class because I'm afraid my peers won't take me seriously.
Most of them don't know that scholarship is one of the most important aspects of Greek life and that we strive to improve our overall average each semester.
My favorite insult to Greek life is that we pay for our friends. "I wanted to be more active on campus and be more involved in things, so I joined a sorority," said Becky Beauchamp of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. "I'm paying to be in the same organization as my friends, not to have them."
Well, if I pay for my friends, it's the one purchase that I will never regret.
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