Q: My first semester in college I rushed for a sorority and it didn’t work out. Now that I have learned more about the other sorority on campus I am sure that it is for me. Unfortunately my mom’s against it now. After this semester I will have only 2 semesters left. Should I rush or is it just “a waste of time and money” as my mom would say. How do I get my mom on board?
A: I am sorry that so much time has passed and you were unable to make a sorority match. And it sounds like there are a very limited number of chapters on your campus anyway. Usually I say “go for it” but if there is only 1 sorority to rush, you only have 2 semesters left and your mom is dead set against it ~ I think it may be a no for you this time. There is very little going in your favor at this late date. I wish you had rushed again after your first attempt, but if you didn’t have family support, I understand the difficulty.
Sorority membership is NOT a waste of time and money any more than a club, group, organization, church, sports team, political committee, charity board, or any other grouping of like-minded friends is a waste of time and dollars! If someone doesn’t join any groups, it makes it ten times more challenging to make connections and form bonds. You are left with neighbors, random classmates, co-workers and people you meet here and there. I believe seeking out similar types for closer friendships is very worthwhile.
Unfortunately joining sorority life may not be in the cards for you as a senior with extremely limited choices. You can always try recruitment ~ it may work out! I would never discourage any PNM from trying. But to be realistic, you may want to focus on other endeavors. You still have time to get involved on campus, take up a new hobby, join other clubs, etc… Just because going greek didn’t work out, doesn’t mean you can’t have a super active and involved college life. Expand your horizons, express yourself creatively and blossom in other areas! xoxo ;)
If you still want to try to talk your mom into going greek, I do have a post with lots of tips! Possibly it can help ~