We had a teacher's meeting at my school this evening, and the topic of fraternities and sororities was brought up. This is a completely foreign concept to Poles, most of whom have never even heard of it, so naturally, they turned to the 3 resident North Americans for information. The only problem is, none of us were involved in the Greek system, so we all have a fairly negative viewpoint on it. The closest I ever got were a couple of frat parties, and walking through Greek row on my way to campus at WSU during my senior year. I have less than fond memories of seeing the frat boys passed out on their lawns at 10 in the morning.
So here's my question: other than the networking opportunities - that whole we're-sisters/brothers-even-though-we've-never-met thing - what, exactly, are the benefits of being a member of a fraternity or sorority? Really, I want to know, because from my perspective it's just an expensive clique that not only charges you to join, they torture you first just to see how badly you really want to get in. I'm curious about the insider's take on the whole thing.