I have no interest in your fraternity

A Minnesota teen is blind with massive brain damage after an alcohol-fueled hazing incident in 2021. According to reports, the teen was allegedly forced to drink an entire bottle of vodka while pledging to become a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of Missouri. He was in cardiac arrest at the hospital where they measured his blood-alcohol level at .486% (.08 is the legal driving limit). Some might say he was 19 and an adult and made his own decision. There's a reason the legal drinking age in the US is 21, and some argue even that is too young to responsibly manage alcohol consumption.

I never understood fraternities/sororities. Perhaps if you are a member of one you can enlighten me on the benefits. I saw plenty of recruiting during my freshman year of college, but they pretty much stayed away from me. I must have put out the vibe that I was not interested. Why would I want to go through these hazing rituals to "prove" that I'm worthy to be part of some made-up club of assholes? For camaraderie? Some feeling of belonging to a group? Screw that. 

I am fortunate that throughout high school, college, and up to the present day, I have not been one to succumb to peer pressure. I don't care what the cool kids are doing. I'm going to do what I want regardless of what some peer group thinks.