Making the Right Decision
During Rush week you will be presented with a great decision. It usually comes later in the week (Wednesday or Thursday) and the chapters that feel you are a good fit will extend you a Bid Card.
At the end of the day it is YOUR choice which bid card you sign, and we cannot stress how important it is to wait until you have heard back from every chapter you are interested in before signing anything. Bid Voting varies by chapter, and in general the last event of rush week (Friday) is usually invite only.
This translates to: “If we gave you a bid during rush, you are invited to our last event”. Bids can be given out at any point during the week, and while it is uncommon there have been instances where a bid card was signed prior to hearing back from another chapter.
This is a decision that will undoubtedly shape the rest of your college career, put some serious time and thought into it!
We’re sure you have all heard your fair share of stories about pledging, and since chapters do not share much about their programs it is difficult to get much info about the process until you go through it yourself.
What I can say about this period of time is that you will build some of the best friendships of your college career, it is a time of serious personal growth.
It has the opportunity to be a great experience, and with that being said you shouldn’t settle for anything less.
If you have made it this far, the chapter has deemed you worthy of experiencing the Initiation Ritual. This is the culmination of your pledging quarter, usually it will require knowledge of the general fraternity and greek history in general.
Take it seriously!
Fraternities spend weeks preparing for your ritual, and a lot of work goes into making sure it runs smoothly.
Now that you have been initiated what comes next?
What does it really mean to be Greek?
Sure you get a set of letters, a sense of belonging, a great support system of brothers, but at the end of the day what is the overall goal of being part of Greek life here at UCSD? The best part about this question is that the Greek life experience is whatever YOU want it to be!
It is up to you to foster a sense of brotherhood not only within your own fraternity, but also with other members of our society.
Being a “social” fraternity does not mean that we are only interested in “socializing”. It means that we are here for the greater good of the society around us. You are becoming part of an organization that is supposed to benefit our school and our local community. Go out of your way and prove to the general public that fraternities (and sororities) are not just a bunch of “party people”.
Sure we like to have a good time, but we all know that at the end of the day we work hard and play hard. If you can properly balance the two, we guarantee you that your time UC San Diego will be well spent.
We hope that this short guide will give you all some sort of insight into the Greek community.
There is a lot that cannot be said for the sake of keeping the experience interesting. However, as some of the brightest students in our country, you should never be in the dark about any important decision you make in your life.
An educated decision is a good decision, and we hope that this guide helps you accomplish that!
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The University of California, San Diego is a young, prestigious establishment that was founded in the 1960s as a research institution. In the past fifty years the undergraduate student population has boomed, currently totaling 23,143. With such a short history and vast room for new traditions, now is the time for passionate and driven students to make their mark and to create a legacy for future generations.
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