I met this American girl and she was talking to me about being in a sorority and it all sounded very strange and confusing to me. Anyone know what it is?
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- 31-07-2016 00:41
- 31-07-2016 10:31
The nearest you'd find at a British uni is probably something like membership of an Oxbridge college.
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- 31-07-2016 10:33
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- 31-07-2016 11:12
- 31-07-2016 11:29
Ever heard of Google?
Sororities (for girls) and fraternities (for boys) are basically student societies based around a large shared house. You apply to join the fraternity, which usually involves going to the house every day before you start living there, and becoming a kind of 'servant' (called a 'pledge'). You get to hang around with the fraternity members and get to know them for a while, attending some of their parties, but you also have to do anything they say ( wash and iron their clothes, run errands, tidy the house etc). Then after a year, the fraternity has a meeting and decides who they will allow to become full members. They then have an initiation ceremony (some of which can be extremely dangerous, designed to humiliate and shock pledges, to ensure commitment and loyalty to the fraternity), and if the pledges get through that, they become members, and are allowed to live in the frat house for the rest of their time at university.
Each university will usually have multiple fraternities/sororities, and there are many large frats/sororities with houses at multiple universities. Each one is slightly different, and some are more prestigious than others. The big ones have their own offices in New York and Chicago, and run a service for frat members after they leave university, arranging networking events and passing around employment opportunities. Not every fraternity is so organised, but they all provide a ready-made group of friends (plus an associated house of the opposite gender) and they arrange regular joint parties, and provide an informal network of contacts for after uni, with strong ties of loyalty. They are also called 'Greek Letter societies' because their names are mostly made of letters in the Greek alphabet, which derive from abbreviations of Ancient Greek mottos (Alpha Kappa Gamma, Gamma Epsilon Zeta, Zeta Phi Delta, etc.)