From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it. I’m talking about Greek life! A new semester is starting and as every college student knows, all campus organizations push recruitment during the first month of school. This includes the Greek Orgs!
I am a part of an international sorority called Delta Phi Epsilon (“the Deephers” as we like to call ourselves). Joining was one of the best decisions I could have made. I, like many people out there, was very hesitant about Greek life at first. I had a lot of preconceived notions about sororities and sorority girls. However, my roommate took me to a recruitment event, I fell in love with the sorority and the rest is history.
Each person has their reasons for joining Greek life. In honor of recruitment season, I, in true Deepher fashion, have collected 5 reasons to join a sorority or fraternity.
We play hard together and work hard together. Contrary to popular belief, Greek members work their butts off at school. Academics are important. It’s the number one reason you’re in college. In order to be a member in good standing in your sorority or fraternity, you have to keep your grades up. But you’re not in it alone. Most sororities and fraternities have an executive member of academics that makes sure all the members are on track and can offer assistance when/if needed. Plus, the chances are good that at least one of your new brothers or sisters are in the same major and you. Now you can study together to ace that next test!
Being a part of Greek life is the perfect opportunity to enhance your communication and networking skills. It’s here where you can learn to work with and relate to others in a variety of situations and grow as a leader. The opportunities are endless!
Every sorority or fraternity has their philanthropies they give back to. Delta Phi Epsilon works with the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) and CFF (the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). We get to do a series of really fun events to raise money for our philanthropies every semester. Donating time is a great way to enhance your resume, bond with others and give back to the community.
Do you have dreams and goals? Greek life is for you! When you become a member, your sorority or fraternity becomes your family. And a family supports each other through thick and thin. Greek life is the place to grow and expand as a person. Your sorority or fraternity will push you to achieve your personal aspirations and challenge you to be your best self. And if you fail? Your chapter will be there to support you and get you moving in the right direction again. No matter what, Greek life has got your back. Always.
It’s not just four years. It’s for life. When you join Greek life, you become a part of a massive network of people who only want your success. If you’re fortunate enough to be a part of a national or international sorority or fraternity, the network only gets bigger! It’s in Greek life where you can find a home away from home through bonds and connections that you will have forever.
I have one piece of advice: Don’t let others steer you away from joining Greek life if you’re interested. There was a professor in my department who would openly say to potential first year students that joining Greek life is pointless if you’re a part of the department. I’m a theatre major and yes, I have the best theatre family a girl could ask for, but my sorority fam is just as incredible and supportive.
It doesn’t matter what you major is, where you’re from or where you’re going, if you want to be a part of something amazing, attend a recruitment event. Be yourself and get to know the members and what they stand for so you can find the perfect Greek organization for you. You may be surprised what you find.
Until next time,