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Joining a Fraternity or Sorority: The Greek System


Going into college, you will have a lot of opportunities to meet people and join clubs and organizations. One thing college students look forward to or are curious about is the Greek life.

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of stories about fraternities and sororities, mostly about the rush, the houses, and the parties. But if you interested and want to join one, knowing these things may not be enough.

There’s a lot more to fraternities and sororities than just their parties, and like any other organization, joining one is a commitment. To know what there is to the Greek life, here are some information and benefits that will help you.

1. Kinds of Greek lifeJoining a Fraternity or Sorority: The Greek System

There are different kinds of Greek life, but one of the kinds you may be familiar with is the social frat or sorority. This type allows you to connect to other members, help meet new friends, and develop future contacts.

Another type is the academic Greek life. While part of their goal is also to develop contacts, this type of house also focuses on anything related to academics. They provide an atmosphere for students to focus and work on their studies, and to connect people who have the same interests.

A combination of the social and academic Greek life is also available where they bring together students from similar cultural background. These houses are more common in big universities and colleges.

2. Housing OptionsJoining a Fraternity or Sorority: The Greek System

Once you enter college, housing can also be a problem. Not every university offers and guarantees dormitory for incoming freshman. One alternative is to live in Greek houses, especially if you want to join fraternities or sororities.

In a Greek house, members of the fraternity or sorority live together. Aside from housing, this place may also be used to host social gatherings, meetings, and functions that involve the fraternity or sorority.

3. Social life

Joining a Fraternity or Sorority: The Greek SystemFreshman year can be very daunting, especially if you don’t know anyone in the university. The Greek life offers a lot of opportunities for you to meet new people and develop your social skills.Through philanthropic events, mixers, and academic dinners, there is always a chance for you to socialize and connect with other people.

Aside from meeting people outside the fraternity or sorority, you will have the chance to expand your social life simply by joining fraternities or sororities. You’ll meet people whom you’ll be calling ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ from the rush process and other Greek activities. More than getting to know them, these people will also be your ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ for life.

4. Business connectionsJoining a Fraternity or Sorority: The Greek System

Being in a fraternity or sorority will also expand your business connections. The Greek life is known to have a lot of history, whatever fraternity or sorority that may be. Your connections with the alumni will help you gain the network you need for a job, for an interview, or for apartment rentals. 

Because members of a fraternity or sorority are not limited to one field, you will surely have a lot of options when you need help. And because the connection you have with any member of the fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment, they are willing to help you out if you reach out to them.

5. Leadership opportunitiesJoining a Fraternity or Sorority: The Greek System

Most Greek houses are run by student councils, which includes a president, house manager, etc. This alone will open a lot of opportunities to members to help develop their leadership skills in event planning, recruitment and other disciplines.

Through these opportunities, members gain enough experience to put into their resumes. This is important because companies and professionals want to see a good work ethic and strong character when accepting applications for future employees.

6. Be InvolvedJoining a Fraternity or Sorority: The Greek System

Because fraternities and sororities organize charity events, you have an opportunity to volunteer and take part in the different community services. These events offer you a great way to take a break from studying or any other stressful responsibility you have. While it requires a lot of work and manpower, participating in these events is also very rewarding.

Note: Hazing is illegal and no longer tolerated on most college campuses. More often than not, Greek organizations are extremely careful of following hazing rules. If you ever find yourself in a situation that makes you even slightly uncomfortable, something isn't right. You shouldn't join any organization that would require members to put you in danger or feel uncomfortable. If that happens, call it a day, because those people aren't your real friends.

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