This blog is written by Melinda, our campus ambassador from Miami University!
One decision you may be faced with this semester, or sometime during your college career, is whether or not to join the Greek community on your campus.
If you do choose to rush, my advice is to make it a well thought out personal choice, since joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifetime commitment. While Greek life may not be for everyone and definitely has some strong stereotypes, my experience as a sorority member has shaped my entire college career and resume for the better.
Here’s why I went Greek (and why you may want to consider it, too):
Academics: At some schools, including mine, the all-Greek grade point average is higher than school’s average GPA. This signaled to me as a new freshman that this community reflected my value in education, and would help me achieve the academic standards that I hold. Also related to scholarship, each chapter has a GPA minimum that every member is required to meet every semester, which appealed to the part of me that preferred outside motivation as a tool to make the grades I wanted.
Philanthropy: I was very active in high school with different volunteering organizations, so finding an organization where I could continue my participation in non-profit was something I wanted in college. I found this in Greek life because of the commitment to philanthropy and strong ties to the community. Most fraternities and sororities already have a certain causes they raise money for but, if you have a cause that means a lot to you, any suggestions for new volunteering opportunities will be appreciated by chapters, and there will more than likely be members ready to volunteer along with you.
Involvement: Greek life is a great way of getting involved in other organizations on campus and offers all kinds of leadership positions. This is not to say that this is the only way to get involved, but it doesn’t hurt. The number of people you’ll meet through the Greek community between socials, philanthropies, and events will only increase your collegiate network and heighten the number of organizations you are exposed to. Chapters also offer positions inside the chapter that look great on a resume, for example in my four “active” years I’ve held four different roles that are all relevant to my future aspirations.
Networking: Since most sororities and fraternities exist on a national scale, I was intrigued by the idea of representing something more than myself and connecting with other women. I now have a whole network of “sisters” that I have a bond with, simply because we share some of the same experiences. I may not know all of these women by name, but I know that they hold a lot of the same values that I do. The amazing part I found about having a national network is these people want to help every member succeed and can be a great resource.