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Positive and Negative Fraternity Effects

by Dana Sparks, Demand Media

    A fraternity is a group of men with common goals who make a commitment to one another for life. They share their friendship, connections and insight to make the road easier for their fraternity brothers. The goal of a fraternity, commonly referred to as a Greek organization, is to support each of its members while helping its community. Fraternities tend to draw a strong reaction, both from those who support them and those who believe they're better left in the past. Like everything, fraternities come with positive and negative effects.

    Social Life

    A fraternity offers you more access to social opportunities, an especially attractive quality when you've just moved to a new place and have few friends. Fraternities often hold social events to allow their members to engage with each other and the community.

    Opportunity to Lead

    All fraternities have leadership positions available. If you'd like to try to your wings at leading and organizing a group, a fraternity provides you the chance to do so. These leadership positions can go on your resume to let prospective employers know you're comfortable at the helm of an organization.

    Potential Connections

    The size of your fraternity nationwide determines the scope of your potential connections. Because fraternity brothers are sworn to look out for each other, these connections can come in handy when it's time to apply to graduate school or land a job.

    Lifelong Relationships

    Some people have a harder time meeting new people than others. A fraternity can help forge relationships with other men that can last throughout your lifetime.

    Expenses

    A fraternity comes with added costs, including membership dues. If you're just getting by, adding this expense can prove a hardship.

    Dramatic Interactions

    Fraternity members spend a great deal of their time socializing, mixing with other groups and spending time drinking, which creates the perfect backdrop for fights and social drama. If you're a person with little patience for the drama that can naturally result from large groups of people partying, a fraternity may not work for you.

    Associated Stigma

    Before pledging a fraternity, you need to face the fact that fraternity members are sometimes looked down upon, or thought of as party boys who had to pay membership dues to make friends. Not only do those outside the fraternity life have preconceived notions of your fraternity, but members of other Greek societies assume they know something about you based on the reputation of your fraternity.

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    About the Author

    Dana Sparks has been a professional writer since 1990. As a staff reporter, she has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and she is also the author of two published novels. Sparks holds a Bachelor of Arts in business.

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