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Greek Life: Frats and sororities are around campus, but they definitely don't dominate the social scene. The thing about the social life around campus is that, because we're in the biggest city in the world, people spend a lot of time exploring New York and less time around campus.

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Greek Life: Greek life at Columbia is pretty lame.

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Greek Life: The frats and sororities are jokes, as are their members. Who the hell pays to associate with a group of frat

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Greek Life: Greek life is present but small at Columbia.

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Greek Life: Fortunately, Greek life does not dominate the social scene. When we first got there, everyone thought it was pretty lame. I have no idea what the sororities are, except for Theta-supposedly, that's the one for all the hottest (and easiest) chicks on campus. But anyway, I think Greek life is lame. There are tons of frat parties and events, but it's definitely not the focus of social life. Come to think of it, I guess they do have some pretty cool events, like AmJam-it's just utter and total debauchery.

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Greek Life: Believe it or not, I actually rushed a sorority first semester. Unfortunately, I didn't decide to go through with the pledging process. Greek life is not big at all on campus. There's really no presence.

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Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but it definitely does not overwhelm the social scene.

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Greek Life: It doesn't really dominate unless you want to. However, I think that there were record amounts of girls who rushed for sororities recently.

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Greek Life: There is a Greek row down one of the side streets with all the frat and sorority houses. I don't see how it could be that big, though; it is New York City.

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Greek Life: I am not too sure about Greek life, but if it's your bag, then go for it. I will probably rush second semester, once I get a feel for life on campus. But if I find that sorority life isn't for me, then I will continue to live in the dorms.

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Greek Life: Greek life definitely does not dominate, but it is around. Once in awhile, they have some great events. We are actually known for only having such a small percentage of our students in frats and sororities, but they are totally there and available for your enjoyment: pledging, free alcohol, and somewhat-cool dudes.

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Greek Life: Greek life is small. I was in a fraternity, and I liked it. It doesn't dominate the scene, but it is fun for those who are in it. I'd check it out, and see what you think.

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Greek Life: Greeks are among the more social people, but the scene is not dominated by them. Many of the frats, like my own, are associated with a sports team (for example, Sigma Nu = swimmers, Sigma Chi = football players, Kappa Delta Rho = basketball players). There are only four sororities. My favorite among them is Kappa Alpha Theta; a lot of them are really cute and fun girls.

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Greek Life: Greek life does not dominate. You make what you want of it. If you want to be part of a sorority that is up to you, but it's not like if you're not in one, you won't meet people.

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Greek Life: Greek life is not that big of a deal. I'd say that only a really small percent of students are probably involved in it. When there are so many great bars and clubs in the city, frat parties tend to lose their appeal.

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Greek Life: There are a few fraternity parties each year, but they are packed, and the bad beer keeps flowing, so it's worth going to at least one to check it out.

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Greek Life: Greek life is a complete joke at Columbia. Fraternities and sororities definitely do not have the same meaning and clout that they do at other universities. Houses that try to act like those at state universities get laughed at.

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Drug Safety: People smoke up. I guess some do harder drugs. If you don't want to, there are plenty of people who don't.

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Drug Safety: Marijuana is the illegal drug of choice, and it is almost always available, as it's tough not to be exposed to a possible contact high at most parties. There's very little peer pressure, though. The potheads would rather keep their stash than waste it on someone who does not even want to try it. This drug is highly visible in the social scene, but it is the individual's choice on whether or not to partake in this vice.

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Drug Safety: Alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine are the drugs of choice on campus, and they are in great abundance.

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Drug Safety: I don't know. I presume there are people who do use, but then again, a lot don't. Drinking is quite prevalent, though. I thought I would see more `study drugs.'

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Drug Safety: There are lots of uppers, especially in the scientific realm.

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Drug Safety: Word has it that study drugs like Ritalin and cocaine dominate the scene during exam periods, but I have yet to see anything of the sort. Caffeine seems to be the drug of choice, as all of the coffee shops and tea houses tend to be overcrowded all semester long. Columbia comes off as being a very serious place.

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Drug Safety: Drugs are very popular. But many people I know, myself included, swore off drugs by the end of the year. They get old, and the serious abusers are such jerks that I want nothing in common with them.

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Drug Safety: I don't think the drug scene is that prevalent, but if you want drugs, you can definitely get them. I don't think there's that much hard drug usage. Mostly, it's weed and ecstasy.

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Columbia has a unique culture and school spirit. The intense workload and level of academic rigor bring students together in a culture of cozy complaint. Columbians constantly whine about their amount of work, but they also find a way to come together and persevere, and friendships are formed in this shared struggle.

Columbia is not for the faint of heart or those who need their hand to be held every step of the way through their college career. If you need help and seek it out, you will find it. But no one is going to sit down and explain everything to you, and Columbia can be pretty intimidating for that reason. However, this means that students are given the opportunity from the get-go to be independent and to decide for themselves what their college experience will mean for them. Columbia provides amazing resources and can help you achieve just about anything, or will at the very least encourage you to pursue whatever it is you want. The academics are amazing, and the Core Curriculum gives students a shared knowledge of Western thought, which is hugely influential in the way students will approach academics, careers, and life in general. The Columbia experience is an incredible one, and any student lucky enough to get in should definitely take advantage of such a wonderful, rare opportunity!

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