As sorority girls, we all know the difference between classy and trashy behavior, having seen examples of each several times over. A sister’s classy behavior, such as being friendly, supporting her sisters and dressing appropriately, presents a good image of herself and her sisterhood. Likewise, a sister’s trashy behavior, such as sleeping around, talking poorly of her sisters, and drinking too much, reflects poorly on herself and her chapter. Understanding where classy behavior ends and trashy behavior begins is key in teaching your sisters how to represent themselves and the sorority in a positive manner. Additionally, teaching your sisters how to be a “class act” will benefit them long after their college days are over. From real-life experience, here are some examples of classy and trashy behavior for your sisters to learn from.
Spending the night with her boyfriend at his place: Classy
Spending the night with a random guy on a couch in the fraternity house: Trashy
Low rise jeans that fit her body and makes her butt look great: Classy
Low rise jeans that accentuate her love handles and back fat: Trashy
Tops that are fun, flirty, and leave something to the imagination: Classy
Bra-less tops with no support that leave nothing to the imagination: Trashy
Socializing with fraternity guys to meet new people and make new friends: Classy
Socializing with fraternity guys to meet a one-night stand: Trashy
Drinking with friends and knowing her limit: Classy
Drinking with friends and knowing she won’t remember a thing in the morning: Trashy
Being friendly to other sorority girls to improve sorority relations: Classy
Being friendly to other sorority girls to steal their boyfriends: Trashy
Showing up on time to chapter events like recruitment: Classy
Skipping out on chapter events without notice and for no good reason: Trashy
Supporting and standing up for her sisters: Classy
Talking trash about her sisters to other people: Trashy
Knowing when to party and when to study: Classy
Partying all the time and not caring about her education: Trashy
Helping a sister who is too drunk by driving her home and staying with her: Classy
Laughing at a sister who is too drunk and leaving her to fend for herself: Trashy
Knowing when she is intoxicated and when to stop drinking: Classy
Drinking continuously, blacking out, and puking all over someone’s car: Trashy
Helping her chapter like cleaning up after recruitment: Classy
Avoiding her responsibilities and ignoring every volunteer opportunity: Trashy
Tutoring or sharing notes with a sister who asks for help: Classy
Skipping class and asking to cheat off other sisters during the midterm: Trashy
Being involved in campus organizations outside of the Greek community: Classy
Being known outside of the Greek community as the football team’s bicycle (“everyone’s had a ride!”):Trashy
Ask Your Chapter!
Want more examples? Hold a sisterhood event and ask for examples of classy or trashy behavior by sisters in the chapter, other sorority girls, or other girls on campus (try to keep things anonymous as this isn’t meant to be a gossip circle). Continue the conversation by asking for definitions of classy and trashy behavior, and ways to deal with sisters who behave poorly and misrepresent the chapter.
Additionally, remember that everyone’s idea of what’s classy and what’s trashy will differ. This may be due to how their parents raised them or simply their personal ethics and morals. Remembering this, encourage your sisters to express their thoughts, explain why they feel the way they do, and approach the subject with an open mind. Finally, remind your sisters that this exercise is meant to help the chapter, not hurt the sisterhood. The conversation your sisters have may be serious or comical, but it should not be derogatory or attack any member of the sisterhood.
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