I recently came across this hilarious sorority recruitment video from my alma mater:
The video is pretty epic – and says a lot about the Miami fantasy – yachts, multi-million dollar condos, hanging out with your closest 30 friends on the beach.
Of course all of the girls are also in great shape, and there’s even a black and a Latin girl “for diversity.”
There are a few shots on the actual University of Miami campus, the message is very clear: rich girl’s vacation.
The interesting thing is that the sorority video is not wholly inaccurate.
My classmates at the University of Miami tended to fall into several broad categories:
- Athletes on scholarship
- Smart students on scholarship who couldn’t afford more prestigious schools
- South Floridians who didn’t want to stray too far from home
- Out-of-state (mostly NYC area) rich kids who didn’t have the connections to get into better schools
- Fabulously wealthy foreigners (Saudi princes, South American aristocrats, etc.)
Although the Delta Gamma lifestyle is beyond majority of University of Miami students, there is a significant group of UM students whose college experience really does look like an Ultra Music Aftermovie.
Some fraternities and sororities charge $1,000/semester for the privilege of participating, so it’s highly likely that someone in that sorority actually does own the million-dollar condo or yacht.
…or at least has a friend with a video drone.