In Defense of Letters: the Top 4 Reasons to Not Judge a Frat Bro
Movies like Neighbors and TV shows like ABC Family’s hit series Greek present the modern day frat boy as a reckless, drunken mess. In defense of fraternity brothers and their letters everywhere, here are 4 reasons why the “frat bro” stereotype isn’t that accurate.
1. They Have Great Social Skills: The rush process is one of the most stressful events a student will encounter in college; this is the time when an individual’s ability to socialize is put to the test. Those who receive bids are more often than not the ones who can present themselves in a manner that is as conversational and intelligent as it is “chill.” You can count on a frat bro to adapt to virtually all social situations, because chances are they’ve already experienced most of them.
2. They Understand Commitment: Joining Greek life is a major commitment that requires time and effort, and often a lot of it. Be it attending chapter meetings, or hosting rush or philanthropic events, fraternity brothers are expected to be active participants in their fraternity. Going Greek is a choice, and one done out of passion. Few things are stronger than the bond between brothers.
3. They Network: Here’s where the frat boy stereotype gets it wrong: fraternities are much more than the Friday night party spot. Fraternities maintain connections with their alums, and actively seek to make new connections, both professionally, as well as with other fraternities and sororities. Some fraternities like Delta Kappa Epsilon possess Greek membership to elite private networking locations like the Yale Club in New York City. It’s no secret that frat boys know how to turn up, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they also know when to turn down.
4. They’re Culturally Aware: In addition to networking, fraternities also focus on philanthropy. By hosting clever events (i.e. “Pie a Sigma Pi”) brothers raise money to support a variety of organizations worldwide, which can range from cancer awareness to domestic violence. No one regrets doing good.
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