6. Build Camaraderie
This aspect of Greek life is one that I treasure above all others.
My time in the Greek system has been the best time of my life because of the friends I have made in Pi Kappa Alpha. I would wager that many other fraternity and sorority members would say the same. Joining a house all but guarantees meaningful, lifelong friendships.
7. Get Better Grades
Every year, the average GPA of Greek members nationally is significantly higher than that of non-Greek members.
The reason for this is the Greek community's commitment to scholarship.
When you go through college as an independent, your education is your battle and yours alone.
In a Greek house, you are given excellent online resources. Study hours, past test files, personal tutors, old notes, and advice on what professors to avoid are some of the advantages that Greek members enjoy. This gives us a leg up on everyone else, and the statistics prove that our methods are effective.
8. Learn to Work with All Types of People
With as many as three hundred members in one Greek house, it is unreasonable to think that everyone will see eye to eye.
Today's Greek system is characterized by diversity of ethnicity, interests, and beliefs. The success of a house on campus is dependent on its members ability to work well together and overcome differences.
This skill is one that all college students would be wise to learn. It is indispensable in today's business world.
9. Become a Part of Something Bigger
Helen Keller said, Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
In college, it is easy to get lost in the sea of thousands of people on your campus.
Joining a Greek organization sets you apart from the masses and allows you to accomplish much more than any individual.
Additionally, the spirit of togetherness within a house is empowering and provides a certain sense of security. You know that your brothers or sisters have your back through thick and thin, and you have theirs as well.
I am so thankful for what my fraternity has done for me. It has made me love college more than I thought was possible. The friends I have found and the memories we have made together will hold a special significance with me for the rest of my life.
If you've had a similar experience or disagree completely, I would love to hear your opinion. Please leave a comment.
2. Enhance Social Skills
Joining the Greek system opens the door to a whole new social circle of the best and brightest students on your college campus.
Personally, I have met so many more people since joining Pike then I met my freshman year. I have found true and lasting friends within my own fraternity. I have dated and become good friends with smart and classy women from different sororities. I have met great guys in other houses.
The constant social interaction within the Greek system has allowed me to become a more conversational and confident person.
3. Build Leadership Skills
Members of the Greek system are much more likely to build solid leadership skills in college than non-members.
Anyone in a fraternity or sorority knows that Greek house members are encouraged to actively participate in their chapters political system as well as other organizations around campus. On my campus, 20% of the student population is Greek, and yet Greeks make up 80% of student organizations.
The important role of the Greek community in campus leadership primes Greek members for future success.
Not only do leadership positions shine on a résumé., but managing responsibilities and making difficult decisions mold Greek members into more self-sufficient citizens with a winning attitude.
4. Facilitate Networking Opportunities
With over 9 million Greek members nationally, it is easy to see how going Greek can plug you into a network of success.
Not only are you able to personally network within the Greek system on your campus, but you are automatically given an in with every member of your national or international fraternity or sorority.
Countless college graduates have utilized this powerful connection to find job opportunities near their chapter or hundreds of miles away. It is no coincidence that all but two of the US presidents since 1825 have been Greek, or that 85% of the Fortune 500 key executives belong to a fraternity. The Greek system is a launchpad to bigger and better things.
5. Focus on Community Involvement
Nationally, Greeks volunteer approximately 10 million hours of community service each year.
Houses encourage their members to participate in community service or philanthropy efforts to better the community and raise money for good causes. A thriving Greek system will give any college a sterling reputation within the community.
The last part is waiting for you in my next post!
The Greek system is just a bunch of snotty rich kids who have to buy their friends. Right?
As an incoming freshman, I knew little about Greek life, and I sure didn’t think I would ever join a fraternity.
I had heard the stereotypes about the rich snobs and meathead bro kings who went Greek to buy friends. This idea of Greek life is not uncommon among non-Greek students, yet it could not be farther from the truth.
I met several members of the Greek system during my freshman year and realized that they were charismatic, intelligent, and driven people.
A friend of mine in the Chi Omega sorority strongly encouraged me to rush a house, and for that, I am forever indebted to her. After meeting with a few fraternities, I went with my gut and pledged Pi Kappa Alpha in the fall of my sophomore year.
Since going Greek, I have come to understand that beauty of the Greek system. I have realized that signing that bid card was the best decision of my college career. I would urge any incoming freshman or current college student to Go Greek. Here are 9 reasons why.
1. Have fun, memorable experiences
Okay, okay College is fun and memorable for almost everyone.
The Greek system has more fun. I’m not just biased. Im speaking from the experience of spending a year in college as an independent before going Greek.
Greek houses have yearly budgets in the tens of thousands of dollars. This finances all kinds of large-scale events from ski trips to music festivals.
Additionally, fraternities and sororities hang out all the time. Fraternity men enjoy the luxury of being friendly with dozens of attractive sorority women. Sorority women enjoy the same relations with fraternity men.
Huge parties with a balanced ratio of guys to girls who all know each other are much more fun and memorable than 20 random dudes and a handful of girls.
Interested? Read more in my next post!