Fraternity membership provides the opportunity for academic assistance, leadership and organizational development, both planned and informal social activities, intramural competition, social service events, and small group living. Most importantly, all of these experiences result in lifelong friendships which make your college day some of the most exciting and memorable of your life.
The Beta Pi Chapter at Bradley University of Phi Gamma Delta encourages you to participate in fraternity rush. We would like to provide you with a list of "tips" to help you narrow down your choices:
The decision to join a fraternity is a lifetime commitment. Millions of men have gone through rush and have benefited from the advantages of fraternity life. Although this sounds like a stressful time, it isn't. Make sure you have fun with rush. You will meet a lot of great guys from many different fraternities who want to do the same thing as you do - meet new people.
Set Your Own Goals:
Decide for yourself what you want out of a fraternity. Why are you rushing? Do you want a chance to be a leader? Do you want to establish a network of connections to be used once you graduate? Maybe you just want to meet new friends, or perhaps you want to join a fraternity just to enhance your college years? The best way to find a fraternity to suit your needs is to find out what you what from the fraternity.
Explore Your Options:
Once you have set your goals, you need to explore your options. Make sure to visit as many houses as you can. By looking at all the different chapters, you can get a better idea of what you want. Think of it as buying a car... First you would test drive at least four or five different cars before you started to.
Narrow Down Your Options:
After carefully comparing your favorite choices, you would finally make an educated decision as to which one you really want. The same goes for rushing a house. Once you have visited as many houses as you can, eliminate the ones you don't want, and go back and carefully inspect the ones you do want.
Spend Time Getting To Know the Brothers:
Once you have decided which house you want, spend as much time with them as you can. Try to meet a majority (if not all) of the brothers in a house, and go to as many of their events that you can. This gives the brothers of the chapter ample time to get you know you, and shows them that you are serious about wanting to be part of their brotherhood.
The "Animal House" Persona Does Not Apply to the Greeks Of Today:
Fraternity members have fought long and hard to shake the image that "Animal House" created in the sixties and seventies. It just isn't true. For example, every fraternity at Bradley University has agreed to the guidelines of rushing as set by the Inter Fraternity Council. No drugs. No alcohol. At first, this might seem strange, but that's because fraternities have changed dramatically since the sixties. We have much more to offer than what was portrayed by "Animal House."
Learn From Rush:
If you decide not to join a fraternity, then at least get as much out of rush as possible. Ask questions about professors you have, or classes you might want to take. Have Fun! Last but not least, meet new friends that you wouldn't normally get a chance to meet.