Southern Sorority Consultants Are A Thing And They’ll Cost You A Pretty Penny
Let me say upfront that I have no issue with fraternities or sororities. Many of my closest friends were in sororities while in college. When I was attending college at USC in Columbia, S.C., I was asked to join a sorority. This was in the late 80’s. While looking over the sorority paperwork, I saw they were asking how much money my parents made. I then decided sororities weren’t for me. My parents made more than enough for me to join, but I’ve never been the type of person that likes someone based on looks, money, or status. Even in high school, I was one of the people that got along with almost everyone.
Sororities are huge all over the country, but especially in the South. #BamaRush was huge on TikTok last year, with millions of people following videos with that hashtag. Getting into a sorority is a big deal for lots of young women. Now there are consultants to help college girls get in.
According to WSJ, sorority consultants are big business! Trisha Addicks owns a company in Georgia called ‘It’s All Greek To Me’ and her firm helps those looking to get into a sorority. The company offers a $600 seminar for women and their mothers, so that they can learn the basics about getting into a sorority. For $3,500, you’ll get unlimited access to sorority mentors who will advise you through every step.
Sorority consultants will give you advise on what you should be wearing, how you should act, and what you should be saying to those around you that are already in your chosen sorority. They’ll also give you advice on what is off-putting on social media to potential sororities.
Many women say hiring a consulting firm is the way to go and that it’s worth the money. Recent graduate Emma Kelley says that learning about Greek life prior to rushing helped her. She says, “You have to be trendy but not too trendy, modest but not too modest, fit in but be unique.” She says the trick is “blending in and standing out.”
Getting into sororities has become almost as competitive as getting into top schools. Applicants are often asked to write essays, give their grade-point average, and give info on extracurricular activities. There’s quite an expense when it comes to sororities. Joining costs hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. Most cost between $1200-$4000 a semester. And that’s just in dues! In addition to those costs, there’s also clothing to purchase for formals and events, and there’s housing fees if you live in the sorority house.
I totally understand the feel of inclusion when you’re in a sorority and many of the friendships you’ll make will last a lifetime. However, it costs a lot for that inclusion and friendships. While I think that part is ok, I have a bit of an issue with ‘acting and talking like everyone else’. I am sure that the consultants are helpful, but I’d want people to like me because of me. Paying to learn how to act like everyone else seems like a waste of loot. Although, for some young ladies I guess it’s worth it.
If you have a daughter going to college in the fall and they’re expressing interest in Greek life, you can get more info on sorority consultants online. There are lots of different options.