betwixt---and---between asked: how would you respond to the idea that being in a sorority is basically "buying" friends? i know alot of non-greeks feel that way, and im wondering how you as a greek would respond
Thanks for the question!
Obviously, I don’t view Greek life as buying friends in any way, shape, or form. First of all, paying dues is not necessary for being friends with members of a sorority or fraternity. Anyone can hang out with Greeks (depending on your Greek life on campus, I suppose). Dues alone are not what makes you friends.
Dues do help fund the activities we get to do together though, such as formals, mixers, and retreats. If you look at dues as “buying friends,” the same case could be made with any clubs & I certainly never had anyone tell me I bought my friends when I paid dues for National Honor Society in high school. The money we spend benefits our national organization, helps our chapter, and lets us do all sorts of things together.
I hope that answered your question. Thanks again for asking!