October 2, 2017 marks the first day of pledge season for fall 2017 semester. Today is the day you will be welcomed into a “home away from home.” As an active member, I cannot wait to welcome new members into something I hold near and dear to my heart. Pledge season can be a nerve-wracking time for some, but it will all be worth it.
The first thing that you need to get through is Pledge Ed. I’ve attended for the past six semesters, and it always sucks. I think if you can make it through pledge ed, you can make it through pledge season without a doubt.
If you are worried about being hazed, don’t. Wilmington has a super strict no hazing policy. And if you are being hazed you can always quit, but no one likes a quitter.
During pledge season you should keep your priorities straight. I’m going to take a wild guess and say you came to college to get an education and not to join Greek life. Don’t skip out on class because you were out late the night before and don’t skip homework because you have activity, it looks bad on you and it looks bad on the letters you are wearing. If your grades drop, guess what, you will go on bad standing and no one wants that. Trust me, your organization cares about your grades too because it’s part of Greek excellence.
Follow the rules. It’s easier on everyone when you follow the rules. If you can’t go 6 weeks without drinking and doing drugs, maybe you have another problem that you should be focusing on instead of joining Greek life.
Get to know your brothers and sisters. Some of them might seem scary, especially if you’ve never talked to them before, but I promise they aren’t.
Get to know your brothers and sisters. Some of them might seem scary, especially if you’ve never talked to them before, but I promise they aren’t. They are there to help you. Take their advice, because they’ve been in your place before. They will always be rooting for you, even after college.
Once you’ve started pledge season, you are no longer Joe Shmoe. You are a part of Alpha Beta Gramma Fraternity. Everything you do reflects on your organization from here on out. You are no longer the guy that gets a 4.0 and is involved with everything on campus, you are the Alpha Beta Gamma that gets a 4.0 and is involved. It’s not that guy that ran around the village in a unicorn head and banana hammock, it’s the Alpha Beta Gamma that ran around the village in a unicorn head and banana hammock.
You were handpicked to join the sorority or fraternity that you are about to be a part of because they thought you could uphold their legacy after they left. Don’t let them down.