Have you ever been scrolling on your For You Page and heard the words, “Today is sisterhood day, so I’m gonna give you a little OOTD! My skirt is from…” ? If so, you’ve been on Rush-Tok. “Rush-Tok” has caught the attention of many TikTok users and launched a group of young women looking to […]
Have you ever been scrolling on your For You Page and heard the words, “Today is sisterhood day, so I’m gonna give you a little OOTD! My skirt is from…” ?
If so, you’ve been on Rush-Tok.
“Rush-Tok” has caught the attention of many TikTok users and launched a group of young women looking to “Go Greek” into the spotlight. Giving a glimpse into the lives of sorority hopefuls, this view of rush promotes a seemingly unattainable view of college: fun, wealthy and perfect.
Every girl I’ve spoken to in a sorority has proclaimed the sisterhood experience as one of the most positive of their life. From living in sprawling mansions to having the “in” on the best social events, how could one seem to think otherwise?
Many high school students hope to participate in these events in the future but make this decision based upon what is presented on social media. These posts often perpetuate a false reality and fail to recognize some of the disadvantages of joining a sorority.
There are many negative connotations associated with Greek life, as many regard sororities’ priorities as out of touch and superficial, and some even have terrible pasts of racism and discrimination based on physical attractiveness.
Because of these contradictions, some CB seniors believe that the idea of joining a sisterhood seems fun, but also pretty intimidating.
Annie Rodriguez (‘23) hopes to rush next fall and is excited for the opportunities her college future holds. Annie believes that rushing seems like “a really easy way to make new friends and form close bonds for life”. This reality seems great, as all of the fun events and philanthropic projects would keep you busy and allow you to make new friends in the process.
However, Annie sees another side to going Greek. “It could be toxic,” the senior says. “I always hear stories from friends or through social media of sorority horror stories”.
Many people believe this to be true about Greek life. Regardless of school or the house you’re in, there can be issues. The real question is: are the pros worth the cons?
Lauren Huther (‘23) seems to think so. “Rushing is a good way to meet new friends and people in college,” she says. “The thought of being a part of a family during college and really getting involved with the school and its events is what [she] would be most excited for”.
A Christian Brothers graduate and member of a sorority at the University of Alabama (who was unable to comment for privacy reasons) successfully navigated the rush process. She absolutely loves her sorority and the lifelong friends she has made within her house. Speaking to her was a reflection of how good rush can be and a testament to the true friends one could make during the process. Her rosy perspective can hopefully give other girls hope as they enter college and begin the process.
Ultimately, with the good and the bad, rushing a sorority is a unique process. Some find it to be rewarding, while others find it miserable. If you plan on rushing, or are unsure, know yourself and your values and the rest will fall into place.