After choosing which college to go to, and which classes to take, whether to join a fraternity or sorority is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in your college career. For some people, there isn’t even a choice about whether you are going to join one, simply which one to choose. However, if you are on the fence about whether to go Greek, here are the benefits.
A ready-made community
One of the best things about college life is making new friends and meeting new people, and with a sorority or fraternity, you’ll instantly be joining a community of like-minded people. The people that you encounter during rush week will become familiar faces, even if they’re not in the sorority or fraternity you choose.
Sometimes it can feel as though college life is a little selfish – it’s a time to work on you and to focus on your own development and growth. However, as part of a frat or sorority, one of the core values is engaging in community service, and it feels pretty great to help others and to work against the ‘lazy student’ stereotype.
Expand your social life
When you’re new on campus, it can be hard to know where to go and what to get involved in. Being part of a sorority or fraternity will get you into Greek parties and events with the added benefit of knowing who will be there. Although studying is the main reason for college, that doesn’t mean you can’t let your hair down and have a whole lot of fun, too!
It’s not what you know; it’s who you know
A fraternity or sorority is a pretty useful network, especially when you go out into the world of work. A lot of organizations also offer an alumni network, so that when it comes time to look for career advice or guidance, you already have a supportive group to tap into. Brothers and sisters look after their own, even if they’ve never met!
A home away from home
Depending on how involved with Greek life you plan to be, living in fraternity or sorority housing is an option for those looking to be in the thick of it all. Your house will be the place to meet and hang out, so this is perfect for social butterflies.
Being part of a sorority or fraternity with opportunities and community service can be really excellent for your resume. It also shows you have interests outside of the lecture hall, which is great. If you really want to make Greek life work for you, become an officer of the organization as this will give you transferable skills and experience that you can use in your work life.
Interestingly, studies have shown that generally speaking, fraternity and sorority members have better retention rates and overall higher grades! So, if your parents are trying to put you off from pledging, bring out that fact and see if that will persuade them that it’s worth it!
Becoming a part of a fraternity or sorority on campus can open doors for you both professionally and socially, and help you find your tribe, as well as yourself! If you really make the most of the opportunities presented to you, you can learn new skills, make a difference to your local community, and make friends for life.