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Being a part of the UW Greek system provided me with a smaller community in which to ease my transition into college. I made some of my best lifelong friends while in a sorority, and the benefits I gained from membership will last a lifetime.

Being a very large campus the Greek systems allows entering students to find peers who help each other through the challenging first few years of college. Out of this experience, many life long friendships are created.

Being Greek was a great experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I could not imagine college any other way. I have a wonderful, supportive group of friends and the connections I've made through my sorority are countless.

Being in a sorority taught me so much about life and gave me a lot of experience that I can apply when trying to find jobs—I was Social Chair of my sorority, and participating and leading so many fundraising events gave me a lot of good experience. I think the press, as well as the UW itself by means of coverage in The Daily, need to focus on the good qualities of the Greek System, not how a young man drank too much and died, or how the 2003 "riot" was started by Greeks—it was, in fact, started by random people, some of whom were not even UW students. Instead I would like to turn on the TV and see how Zeta Tau Alpha raised $1,000 for breast cancer research, or how Psi Upsilon has raised money for MS Society, or how Alpha Gamma Delta has put together care packages for scared foster children in the Seattle area. THESE are the things that need to be told about the Greek System.

Being in the Greek system has its pros and cons. However, I believe that every pro of the Greek system can be found outside of it just as easily, if not easier, as it can be inside of it. Every person's experience in the Greek system can differ depending on their personality, however upon looking back on my 3 years in a house versus my final year in an apartment, I believe even the most outgoing individual will have to experience unnecessary cons that could be avoided by not being in the Greek system. The Greek system, in my opinion, is oddly enough too much of a social suffocation and personal development suppressor. By no means would I say I am a shy person, but the forced social constructs of the Greek system actually hinder true and genuine social experience, in my opinion, and in which I believe the latter to be much more amusing. Comparisons to the "popularity contest" that happens in grade school are highly legitimate. Though rising above and ignoring the stereotypes that are put upon a house is a true test of character, it is a falsehood to say that this notion is highly practiced. Philanthropies, on the other hand, are a legitimate pro of the Greek system, however, if it weren't for numbers and rankings, I would say 50% or more of Greek system members wouldn't think twice about being involved. I say it is a personal development suppressor because of the skills you are not gaining due to the large group environment. If one is not fully developed as an individual and aware of all of their personal needs and goals for their college career, distractions are rampant due to the constant notions and pressures to do what is better for the whole of a group. Instead of finding oneself in college, one spends more of their time finding him/herself within others. I am not saying this isn't possible in the dorms. However, though I have no experience in living in the dorms, I do have experience of living my senior year in an apartment with friends, and I would say I spent much more of my time doing what I actually wanted to be doing, as opposed to what I felt I "should" be doing so that I wouldn't be fined or get a demerit from my house. I was able to grow much more as a person without these social suffocations. True bonds and friendships (as well as discords and hostilities) are indeed going to form based on true personality chemistries within a house, however, the former occurs only after the filtering process of Recruitment (aka Rush), in which the population of a house isn't as entirely random as the dorms would be. I believe the forming of relationships in college would be much more genuine by living outside of the Greek system, though I do also acknowledge and believe that relationships can and do only form dependent on the people you are exposed to, which applies to any living situation in life. Life is what you make of it, but you can decide where you want to live!

Best four years of my life.

Best part of college was the greek system.

Best thing I did in college.

Black fraternities at the UW are always, and still continue to be, overlooked.

Both of my children attended school as active Greeks; One at UW and the other at ASU. The experience for both was one of success, enhancing their academic experience.

Build long term friendships and associations. Provide a greater sense of belonging to the University. Provide mentors, structure, and an immediate affiliation with thousands of alumni brothers that have gone before and after you.

By joining a house during my years at the U has taught me some value able lessons in life. From running and joining a committee, I have learned some real life experience that I could use in my career. The bonds I have made will continue to grow since I keep in contact with the people that I have lived with in the past few years.

Certainly the Greek system isn't going to be for everyone, but it was a terrific experience for me. It made a large university smaller by providing essentially instant community. It was also great to live with older women who could answer questions and give advice about classes and majors. These older members also has great contacts and connections for jobs and internships while I was in college.

Coming from Hawaii to the UW in 1958, I found Seattle and the U of Washington a bit behind the times in social interaction and narrow minded in their views on drinking and having social functions in the fraternity. Other schools allowed this type of social interaction, but instead one had to party miles away in God-forsaken places like barns in Issaquah. It was lucky most of us were not killed driving home under the influence. Maybe things have changed over these past 48 years. The Greek system is an important and a great contributor to the life long development of its members. I hope the University no longer considers fraternities as being a negative influence.

Coming from out-of-state, I believe my experience was much improved by my choice to join a fraternity. I couldn't imagine my life today without the friends I met during my time there.

Creates an opportunity for the development of personal relationships and emotional intelligence difficult to find in other undergraduate experiences.

Despite the seemingly endless negative press that the Greek system receives, fraternities and sororities make a positive impact on the UW campus. Philanthropic events, school spirit, leadership and more are daily contributions made by UW greeks. Unfortunately it is often people who know the least about the Greek system that are the most vocal. If the critics would take a few minutes to learn about the fraternity and sorority community, rather than judge based on stereotypes, they would be surprised at what they would find.

Especially sororities add a diversity to the student population. They seem better adapted socially and have a support system.

Every living situation at UW has some positives and negatives. However, in the Greek system, as an incoming freshman especially, you automatically have a group of men who you can call friends, who will help with your adjustment to college and teach you how to be a leader. While the alcohol gets over-publicized within the greek system, it's no worse than people drinking/smoking/doing drugs in the dorms (which does happen). With the philanthropic emphasis of each greek organization, there are many more positives than negatives.

Excellent experience, especially being from out of state and not knowing anyone before I came to UW. It was wonderful to live in a house surrounded by 60 academically focused women that were striving to be successful citizens. After 10 years they are still my closest friends and colleagues!

For me, coming from out of state and knowing no one, joining a Greek organization helped me to belong to a core group right away. I had help with academic issues as well as a peer group I could rely on. The friends I made through the Greek system are still my best friends over 20 years after graduation.