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"It's Like a Study Group With a House," and 4 Other Ways to Explain Greek Life to Immigrant Parents


Photos (with edits by Kasra Khadem) by dmcooper78 and Bart Heird // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

So, need to explain your latest Greek-based debauchery to your parents? But you just realized your parents moved from another country and don't have the slightest clue what any of these Greek letters and houses mean? Look no further! Here at UTB, we've compiled a list of the best ways to explain your exploits to immigrant parents!

1. "It's Like a Study Group, With a House!" - This one's great - all immigrant parents love studying more than life itself. And what's a better study location than a nice, big house? This one will ensure you convince them that you're keeping your grades up and keeping your BAC low!

2. "It's Actually a Greek Mythology Club!" - Zeus, Poseidon, Hades - all absolute party animals and the Greekest thing we know. You were probably a Percy Jackson fan in middle school, so the logic follows!

3. "I'm Rushing ... Through My 4-Year Degree and Plan to Finish in 3 Years!" - This one might come with a bit more commitment and effort than the others, but if you ever accidentally bring up rushing, it's a surefire fall-back.

4. "Pledging is Just Like the American Immigration Process!" - Getting accepted is basically a lottery, and once you do get accepted you have to jump through countless hoops to finally become seen as "one of them". It's basically like your parents when they got their American citizenship, except instead of "pledge-master," they called it an "immigration officer".