Hazing. It’s a touchy subject, and by “touchy” I mean one that we never want to touch on… or ever be a part of. I happen to come from a very anti-hazing chapter and university, both of which take ample precautions to eliminate hazing. Yet at colleges across the country, hazing still exists. And it exists in student groups and organizations that don't have Greek letters in their names.
No matter the size of the school or the type of environment, every student wants to find her place: lifelong friends, fun activities, and a sense of belonging in a brand new setting away from protective parents and high school stereotypes. But is such a prize worth the price?
Whether you’re a member of a sorority, sports team, or more unofficial group, think twice before you haze – it's way more serious than it seems at first glance. Some people see hazing as a rite of a passage, a tradition, or something that will make people stronger and more committed.
What is the meaning of a sorority exactly? As an outsider, a self proclaimed anti-sorostitute, I’ve never really understood the purpose. It’s a “special bond” they tell me. A “sisterhood” they say. Here is what I know: I have a sister, and I have never struck her with a paddle 201 times in one week.
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