这是Elite College Link发表的第一篇日志，希望大家能喜欢！因为我们是一群在美国土生土长的大学毕业生，我们极为了解美国大学文化并希望中国学生们能得到最正确的资料以供选择大学和融入美国生活。听到很多学生，朋友，及他们的父母过问兄弟会和姐妹会（Fraternities and Sororities）的事，并视之为一种神秘，甚至像秘密或犯罪组织一样的存在。这里，我们讲揭秘他们的真面目：他们是什么，怎么参加，怎么运作，最重要的是：你要不要参加？
作为美国大学中重要的社交结构，兄弟会和姐妹会为众人所知。在这几个有名的电影比如《Old School》《Animal House》《The Social Network》《Legally Blonde》中，它们都是至关重要的角色。
兄弟会一般认为只有清一色男生组成，如果男女都有可以叫做联谊会。姐妹会同理。所有的这些社交组织的名称通常都由二到三个希腊字母组成（比如Phi Delta Pi或者 Sigma Alpha Epsilon）。共同的是，在大学里它们都被成为Greek organizations，你也会经常听到Greek life这种说法。
1) Greek life在校园的社交活动中到底有如何重要，参加组织的学生的百分率又是多少？
Fraternities & Sororities
Fraternities and sororities are well known within the social structure of American universities. They are featured in well-known films such as Old School, Animal House, The Social Network, and Legally Blonde.
But what is a fraternity or sorority, and given their publicity, how prevalent are they across campuses in the US?
What are fraternities and sororities?
Fraternities are most commonly all male groups while co-ed groups are usually called co-ed fraternities and sororities are all female groups. All are social organizations commonly recognized by their two or three Greek letter names (such as Phi Delta Pi or Sigma Alpha Epsilon). Collectively, they are referred to as Greek organizations and you will often hear references to “Greek life” on campus.
Fraternities and sororities are usually organized around a common interest. While they are most often social clubs (some with a cultural or ethnic focus), they can also be organized for community service, professional advancement or academic achievement. Many fraternities and sororities have their own houses on or near the campus, although this depends on the school.
Students have the opportunity to learn more about Greek organizations and meet their members during the “Rush” process. Usually during this period, fraternities and sororities will sponsor events to draw in prospective members. At the conclusion of Rush, you may be offered the chance to “Pledge”, which means an additional process to obtain membership in that organization. After successfully “pledging”, you become initiated as a member.
So what are the pros and cons of joining a fraternity or sorority?
With many pros and cons to consider, the decision to join a fraternity or sorority is not an easy one.
Ultimately, it is a personal choice and one that you should not make until you arrive on campus. If you are considering joining a Greek organization, take your time during the rush process to learn more about the Greek organizations and speak to active members.
Ask them and yourself the following questions:
1) How important a role does Greek life play in the social activities on campus and what percentage of students are members of a Greek organization?
2) What is the reputation of the Greek organizations on campus?
3) Will I be limiting myself either socially or academically by joining one of these organizations?
Understand that this is a personal decision that depends a great deal on the school that you attend. Even though it is a large part of the social fabric at many universities, certain schools don’t have Greek organizations while at others they have a limited influence.
Lastly, there is no right answer in making this decision. Even though it may feel as if there is a lot of pressure to join or not join, think about what is best for you and your experience over your four years in college.
For college applicants, questions 1 and 2 from above regarding the influence and reputation of Greek organizations on campus are relevant questions to consider when working on selecting which schools to apply to. The social lives of many universities, especially those in the South and large State Schools, tend to evolve around fraternities and sororities. However, smaller schools such as Brown or Liberal Arts Colleges tend to have few to none involvement in Greek life.