An Open Letter to GDIs: Yes, We’re Really Like This

Dear GDIs,

It has come to my attention that now, more than ever, the gap between “frat” and “GDI” is widening at an exponential rate. Believe it or not, I’m not here to talk down to you or belittle you (see literally any other page on this site if that’s what you’re looking for). I’m just here to clear the air about a few things, like why we are such instruments of drunken chaos and overall damn good times, along with why we seem so different from you.

First and foremost, we get hazed. It might sound unnecessary or immature to you, but we take it very seriously and consider the pledge building process a cornerstone of our respective houses. You might have heard stories of thumbs up asses, or bows-and-toes over broken glass, but I’m here to tell you that’s not what it’s about (and I assure you, most chapters aren’t that fucked up anyways). The simple fact is that each and every one of us comes out of high school cracked out on a senior year superiority complex, and a little hazing serves an excellent purpose: putting us in line. With a powerful breaking down and consequent building up of our egos, you diminish the severely misguided “I’m hot shit as a freshman” syndrome. By no means am I suggesting that all GDIs carry this tag, but without a proper guided growing process your freshman year, you miss out on a lot. I’m not saying you were a shitty person in high school. I’m just trying to point out that constant self-improvement is something to strive for in life, and Greek life offers an excellent opportunity to do just that.

Second of all: we party. I know what you might be thinking. “We party too brah!” No, you don’t. Unless you can somehow match a hundred people throwing thousands of dollars a year solely for the sake of debauchery, you can’t even begin to compare. Our gamedays consist of trying to decide which band should play at our afterparty, and if 9 pallets will be enough beer. Yours are spent trying to figure out which parking lot to party in, and picking up an 18 of Heineken. Once again, not trying to belittle you, but the simple fact is you can not possibly consider yourself 1/1000th of our level in the realm of raging. We have more money, more friends, more girls, and more booze. Starting to regret your decision not to rush? I would too.

Finally, and (arguably) most important, we have the women. While there are plenty of hot GDI babes scattered across campuses (believe it or not), there is simply no comparison to a sorority woman. In much the same way as pledging builds us into men, girls involved in the sorority process grow and learn and better themselves throughout. The result? Some of the classiest women on campus. Say what you want about sorority girls being bitchy (in my experience all women are), but you can’t tell me that a GDI could possibly be superior to a gorgeous, polite Southern Belle who makes one hell of a sandwich.

In conclusion, my GDI friends, there is a reason we act the way we do. We may seem like caricatures of the college experience: partying daily to the point of blackout, accepting any dare no matter the risk (“You won’t fuck that chick on top of the administration building!”), and boasting about our father’s trust funds on a regular basis. I’m here to tell you…we’re not faking it. We are really like this, and you really are missing out.



  1. hazingisfun

    “No, you don’t.”

    That basically sums it up. It takes being in a Fraternity to really appreciate the difference. Any geed who thinks he is having a great college experience is sadly mistaken.

    13 years ago at 5:15 pm
  2. Fraternity Lifestyle

    I have one gripe – we do talk down and belittle geeds on this website.

    13 years ago at 5:15 pm
    1. SouthernTradition

      “This is not to talk down or belittle you (If you want that, look at any other page.)” Did that one go right over your head?

      13 years ago at 6:25 pm
    2. Fratelist Bro V1

      “You can’t even begin to compare” does kind of go against what’s said in the first paragraph. But hey, I only got a 730 on the reading part of the SAT, so maybe I’m missing something.

      13 years ago at 6:49 pm
    3. DirtySouthern

      SAT is a Northern thing. Can’t spell Northern Fraternity without NF. ACT or you’re a yankee.

      13 years ago at 7:27 pm
    4. Patriotic

      Actually a majority of the colleges that require the SAT are either in the South or East Coast. Nice try though.

      13 years ago at 8:49 pm
    5. Grammar Fratzi

      I took both, i think my 1450/1600 and 32 are quite nice. I honestly don’t care if it’s Northern or Southern. It still shows I’m superior to most of America.

      13 years ago at 5:03 pm
    6. YesWeCan_DoBetter

      I didn’t realize we were putting our resumes on TFM now Grammar Fratzi.. DirtySouthern that was the single dumbest thing I have seen on this site; save us the effort and you the humiliation and just delete your account.

      13 years ago at 9:51 am
    7. Fratstar America

      ^If going by percentage, 1590/1600 is a 99.4%, 2100 is only 87.5%…good one.

      13 years ago at 9:41 pm
    8. The Fratz

      Who gives a fuck about your ACT/SAT/GPA? All that is completely pointless once you get your acceptance letter, then your bid in some cases. You are all “cracked out on a senior year superiority complex”.

      13 years ago at 12:07 pm
  3. Daisy Buchanan

    I agree with every bit of this, but I hope you were joking about “boasting about our fathers’ trust funds”.

    13 years ago at 5:31 pm
    1. toss me a bronson

      Second. Those are the guys that poor greek stereotypes get modeled after.

      13 years ago at 6:20 pm
  4. 321 Should Have Won

    I agree with every part of the article but I’m not sure why there’s a column directed towards the very people we discourage from reading this site.

    13 years ago at 5:38 pm
    1. KAcaine

      I can guarantee at least 50% of people who go on this website are GDIs who wish they were in fraternities. I am currently a freshmen pledge (ya I know get off this site pledge) so I live in the dorms, and whenever I walk through the common room I see the GDIs reading it. The worst part is they all talk about it like they are part greek life and “not like those other GDIs”

      13 years ago at 6:25 pm
    2. older row

      I’m not a KA but the fact that you would turn your letters into a drug reference when you don’t even know what they mean yet makes me want to haze the fuck out of you

      13 years ago at 7:07 pm
    3. Fratfaced

      KAcaine, I agree with you completely. My school only allows spring pledging for whatever reason (it’s a top ranked Greek life school, to dodge the “you go to a shit school” comments), and as a first semester Frosh I thought I was hot shit. I had friends in several houses, I was partying all the time, and I honestly believed I was a part of the greek life and not like other geeds. I would read it and discuss it with my other freshmen friends, who would also say the same shi.t (is that even moderated?). This column was necessary, I think.

      Honestly I think this website is declining as it scales up. A lot of the posts are just straight inflammatory to GDI’s. I’m not saying we should be nice to them all of the time, as they’re complete jealous dicks more often than not, but we need to remember who we are and where we came from. All of this trash talking is portraying the fraternity brother in a much more negative light than he once was. People outside of greek life honestly believe we act the way that TFMs describe.

      We need to remember that we’re fraternity gentlemen. We should hold ourselves to a higher standard than flat out belittling GDIs. I have very little to say to geeds in the way of unkind words; they can throw stones all they want, but in a few years my hard work and networking connections will translate into a starting salary. That starting salary will speak the volumes that I chose not to.

      13 years ago at 7:38 pm
    4. MississippiGentleman

      KAcaine, I am a KA. And I, too, want to haze the shit out of you. As a brother, I advise you to create another account with a different name. Good day.

      13 years ago at 8:00 pm
    5. Nitro Hazelton

      ^ Second. This has been the worst season of pledges since hazing was made illegal.

      13 years ago at 9:21 pm
    6. Danger Zone

      Fratfaced- While I respect your ambition and desire to be a fraternity man, let me remind you that you aren’t. I understand that you aren’t a GDI either but there is no WE until you get your letters. I know that deferred rush sucks ass because my school is the same way. Until you at least get a bid and start going through the pledge process, know that you are not on our level. You’ll understand once you’re on the other side… If you make it.

      13 years ago at 11:16 am
    7. AO_YouKnow

      KAcaine: Did we say you could speak pledge? No. Get the hell off TFM and get back to your wall sits. How dare you use those letters in reference to yourself before you are initiated. I would have stopped your process long ago. And yes, I am mad bro.

      13 years ago at 5:12 pm
    8. The_Order77

      Someone find a fucking match for KAcaine to prove knowledge of the definition.

      13 years ago at 2:07 pm
    9. Southern Brohammer

      KAcaine, you piece of shit pledge bitch. As a KA alumnus, i will find out who you are and make sure that you will NEVER be initiated into this great fraternity.

      13 years ago at 6:32 pm