Are you thinking about waiting until spring to pledge a fraternity? Think it’s a good idea to get a better feel for college life before you commit to that life? Well, if you are, you’re dead fucking wrong. Choosing to be a spring pledge is not a good idea.
If you go to a school where bids have already been extended, I hope you’ve taken one, and you’re already deep in the depths of the hell known as pledgeship. If not, well, you fucked up. If you go to a school where rush is still ongoing, read this closely.
I’ll say it again: do not wait until spring to pledge.
There are a plethora of reasons why you should pledge in the fall, and the biggest one is “time.” Time is limited. You’ve only got so much time in college before you have to leave for the real world. Do you really want to squander an entire semester of that precious time by going to sketchy apartment parties and trying to sneak your way into bars? Fuck no. You want to get into the awesomeness of fraternity life as soon as you can.
Time is not the only reason you don’t want to wait, though. Think about your friends from high school and dudes in the dorm who will take bids this fall. If you wait until spring to pledge, they’ll already be initiated. Your best friend from back home? You’ll now be a pledge under his tyrannical rule. Your friends in the dorm? You’ll essentially be their live-in servant for a semester as you do their laundry, clean their rooms, and deliver them food. These are guys who are your age. They’ll be senior to you simply because you waited like a dumbass. Hell hath no fury like a recently initiated freshman. Count on it.
Not convinced by all that? There’s more. Believe it or not, the weather plays a role here. You have to do a lot of outdoor tasks to do as a pledge. You are likely to find yourself walking pretty much everywhere you go. If you pledge in the fall, you have the last few days of summer, cool fall weather, and then a few cold days at the end. If you pledge in the spring, you’ll be trekking across town in snowstorms, walking to buy cigs for an active in freezing rain, and doing a scavenger hunt in the midst of a torrential downpour. All that depends on where you live, obviously, but for the most part, the weather is far better for pledging in the fall than it is in the spring.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, is the stigma that comes with being a spring pledge. You’ll be a spring pledge for the rest of your life. You’ll carry that title with you everywhere you go. Any time you speak up in chapter people will think, “What the fuck is this spring pledge motherfucker talking about?”
Trust me, guys. Listen to my advice. Take the plunge and just get it over with. Pledge this fall. You’ll regret it if you don’t..