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    Since it's coming up to the start of a new academic year I thought I'd
    take this opportunity to explain how lucky you Americans are to have a
    fraternity system.

    English Universities are so dull by comparison. Like most students
    in England I had to rent private accommodation for my second and third
    years, but it never occurred to us to build a whole culture around
    collectively renting a rather dilapidated house in Clapham. It wasn't
    even single sex accommodation, so we couldn't engage in the fun and
    games of para-homosexual activities - Girls just don't have the same
    grip on your loyalties as your Greek brothers ;-). And while cliques
    certainly form in English Universities, the are all much too boring to
    come up with the idea of hazing. I fondly recall diving off a weir and
    almost drowning when I was 12 because everyone said I was chicken. If
    only it had been possible for me to gain respect in later life through
    similar tests, and if these tests could have been combined with pseudo
    Masonic rituals culminating in the awarding of a little badge, then
    that truly would have made my time at University worthwhile. And while
    I still have friends from University, these friendships seem so hollow
    compared to bonds of fraternal brotherhood since they are not based on
    solemn vows of fellowship, mutual sacrifice, group solidarity and
    owning the same poxy little badge.
    Then there's sheer joy alcohol seems to bring fraternity members..
    By the time I went to university the delights of getting dangerously
    drunk at parties had started to seem mundane. But to American students
    in fraternities, the bravado of excessive alcohol consumption is a an
    exciting new and illicit game where you can prove yourself worthy to
    all your male friends and simultaneously circumvent college alcohol
    policy - thereby proving what a rebel you are too. Gosh.
    I am also rather fond of the references to ancient Greece.
    It reeks of a history far nobler and grander than anything a British
    University can instil its students with, and the wearing of togas
    must make it seem as authentic as a ploughman's lunch.


    I think what I am trying to say is that Fraternities give young
    Americans the chance to grow up in their own time, and that it is
    regrettable that no similar opportunity is afforded to European
    Students. In particular, I find it sad that even some American
    students forego the opportunity to wear togas and claim to be Greek.
    Really this should be mandatory, so every graduate will be secure in
    the knowledge that they have gained something much more valuable than
    a degree from an American University - a little badge with some Greek
    letters on it.


    Although I am not American, I admire the system so much that I would
    dearly love to become an honorary member of a fraternity. I have set
    my heart on becoming an alumni of Theta Omicron Sigma Sigma Epsilon Ro
    Sigma. I do so hope this is possible.
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    That fraternity spells 'Tossers' i bet they feel silly now.
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    Very few Americans around here.

    The "college culture" in America does seem to be completely different though

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    what?
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    (Original post by n1r4v)
    Very few Americans around here you format freak (how did you do that btw :ninja:)
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    (Original post by wm123)
    Enter?
    Hence the ninja edit :ninja:

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    You seem to have a lot of time on your hands.
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    Bloody hell, you do realise you're using a keyboard and not a typewriter? You don't need to hit return after every line
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    This is amazing :awesome:
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    It appears you have actually put effort into making the formatting of your post harder to read.
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    A thread by someone who has little to no understanding of the Greek system.

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    I have no experience of the US university system, but the idea of a fraternity/sorority doesn't appeal and I'm perfectly happy with the UK student union system.

    Also, US attitudes to alcohol == pathetic. I don't condone binge drinking but I don't condone the demonisation of alcohol either.
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    The ****.
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    Bloody hell, you do realise you're using a keyboard and not a typewriter? You don't need to hit return after every line
    hahah loved that.

    Anyways i'm american and going to start college soon. Frats/sororities aren't that big of deal around here...maybe actually considered as a bad thing
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    Am I the only one that's really not bothered? Life is what you make of it. There's ups and downs, but generally the grass always looks greener on the other side. Just relax and enjoy what you've got, university culture in this country is fine.
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    (Original post by n1r4v)
    Hence the ninja edit :ninja:

    :teehee:
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    for real? things like greek and that new one over here i've completely forgotten the name of *edit - glory daze* don't really represent it. it all seems a bit creepy in reality to me, unless you go to a party house, which would be quite cool. i guess you rationalise by realising they pay like $40,000 per year, i don't think having better house parties is worth it tbh. plus there are a lot of parties here, and more clubs etc.

    as for the whole relationship thing, i think it's what you make of it, being in a greek house doesn't = lifetime friendships.

    i think uni is what you make of it yourself. a lot of people aren't in greekhouses and have awesome times there, some unis don't even have greek houses, and others do have them but they're either pretty lame or uneventful, or just somewhere to live. a lot of campuses don't alow drinking alcohol anyway because of the drinking age 21 (stupid) and have serious patrols going on, or superxtian student snitches who are worried their "friends" will go to hell. definitely would hate that.
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    LOOL.
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    The USA is just better.

    I'm not american, but from when I went there on holiday last year, i've realized how s*** the UK really is in comparison. Everything in the states is bigger and better, and makes the UK looks like a 'lite' version of the US.
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    I got accepted to New York University and Boston University a few days ago and I can tell you that fratertinities or "brotherhoods" or other cliche, cliquey things of that ilk are virtually non-existent in this kind of a university.

    Also, from my research, a lot of the typical American Pie-esque universitie's social life is centralised around dorm/house/frat parties with beer, beer and more beer. For me, though, this isn't as enjoyable as living in a city and hitting the club.... also, alcohol's overrated; I prefer MD.
 
 
 
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