Clubs and Societies Abroad… California

So maybe you’ve seen Animal House and American Pie and you probably think that’s what American College life is all about right? Well, you’re somewhat correct. This year I am studying at University of California, Davis and I ‘rushed’ a fraternity, and I am going to explain to you how it both is and isn’t exactly how it appears in the movies.

In case you have no idea what a fraternity it’s a Greek letter organization focusing on either social, business or religious purposes. Thousands of students turn to these organizations in what is called ‘Greek life’ each year at colleges around the United States; and although they have a stigma for being an excuse to just party and get wild, they also do a lot of great things too.

The fraternity that I rushed is one that focuses on developing future leaders, as potential new members we are set on a program to help guide us towards becoming better men. So far, we have been given talks on topics such as project management, and value and ethics, put on a success philanthropy events and taken part in community service. Despite still being a candidate and waiting to be fully initiated as a brother, I personally was given the opportunity to plan and execute a social event between my fraternity’s, and a sorority’s (female equivalent to a fraternity) new members which was a great success.

Now I know you’re wondering about the party life style, does it really live up to the hype? Well let me tell you, it most certainly does. The parties are bigger, better, and far much more wild than any house parties in the UK. From classic drinking games such as beer pong and rage cage being constantly in play, to girls twerking on the dancefloor, these American’s live up to their stereotypes far more than one could ever imagine.

All in all, my decision to rush a fraternity was my best decision so far during my year abroad, if you get the opportunity you should definitely go for it.

By Malik
University of California


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