Everyone has some conception of what Greek life in the American college system entails. For some, Greek life is a conduit for meeting new people, for networking and socializing. If you’re like me (or JHU_Alex http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/2016/2013/02/easy-as-aepi/) when I first came to Hopkins, Greek life had more of a negative association. All I heard about fraternity life came from either the media reporting deadly hazing incidents, or portrayals in movies like Old School and Animal House. As a goal oriented student hoping to accomplish a lot in my four years at a demanding university, I wouldn’t have time to fool around with all the shenanigans inherent in being part of a fraternity. Right?
Well I couldn’t have been more wrong. As I quickly learned from hanging out with various people involved in Greek life (obligatory shout outs to JHU_Nick and JHU_Alex) there’s a lot more to Greek life than drinking and partying. Greek life, especially here, offers a community. A place to find like-minded people with similar interests, to fraternize (sorry) with students from all different backgrounds. Because of my interest in Greek life, I have gotten close with students from all over the world, kids with experiences from internships at Intel, experience as auto mechanics, to students who were national debate champions, and students from Colombia. Many of these people I wouldn’t have gotten to know if not for Greek life, so when I was offered a bid to join the AEPI Psi chapter two nights ago, I accepted right away (having the highest GPA on campus didn’t hurt when convincing my parents either). I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the next three and a half years than surrounded with close friends, all of whom I both respect and am sure will help me grow, as a student and as a person.
I’ve come a long way from expecting fraternity life to be the stuff of midnight panty raids, and TFM posts. I hope all of you dedicated Hopkins Interactive readers give Greek life a chance as I did, and I promise you’ll be just as excited as I am now!