by DYLAN BLASCHAK
TOWER staff writer

There are many misconceptions about what it means to be in a fraternity or sorority. Hollywood has portrayed the “frat bro” as a stereotypical college student who parties all the time, drinks until he throws up and repeats the process until graduation.

At Bethany College this is not the case. The two-week process during the beginning of the spring semester, known as “rush week," is the most important time of the year for fraternities and sororities. This is the time when the designated recruitment chairs are busy planning events, distributing flyers and updating social media sites to attract the attention of all freshmen and independent men and women. Sororities have much stricter rules during rush than the fraternities do, which makes the experience for men and women very different.

Rushing a fraternity was one of the best decisions that I have made during my college career. One of the hardest things to do as a freshman in college is to find and establish a group of friends. At Bethany, the easiest way to do this is to play a sport, join a club, rush a fraternity or sorority, or do all three.

By rushing a fraternity or sorority you are engaging in a process that will help you to form a group of friends that you will have for the rest of your life. Greek Life teaches young men and women important values which will not only allow them to succeed in college, but will also mold them into individuals that future employers will be looking for as an asset to their company.

A final message to freshmen and independents: do not believe the common misconceptions. Try it for yourself, experience the process and reap the benefits found by thousands of Bethanians over the decades.

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