Greek life is not a big part of the UT Dallas experience; you can lead a perfectly normal life, make a lot of friends, and succeed academically without knowing squat about Greek organizations. However, you will probably miss out on an exciting and memorable part of the college experience. Greek-going students are proud to say that their fraternities and sororities are less a lifestyle than an opportunity for lifelong, brotherly and sisterly friendships. These students don’t spend big, act cocky, or party like animals, like stereotypes sometimes portray them. They are just normal people of the same interests, wishing for deeper bonding than the casual acquaintanceship. Of course, there are still the fun (and, only rarely, crazy) things they do and the secret meetings they attend, but all of these eventually point to building true lifetime friendships.
The modern spirit that UT Dallas eagerly embraces also influences Greek life greatly. The University’s firm, “zero-tolerance” stance against hazing is properly followed by fraternities and sororities, at least as of present. Parties are fun and may involve alcohol, but they never get too intense or out of control. Organizations also perform risk management, discourage drug use, promote scholarship, and do community service, all in order to prevent incidents and promote a healthy growth and good image of Greek life on campus. Again, there are tons of fun things you can do without being Greek, and Greek life is definitely not for everyone; however, if you believe that there can be brotherhood in fraternities, and don’t mind proving wrong all of the stereotypes, go ahead and join one of them. It’ll be worth your while.