New college students have many cool opportunities when they enter the college: from joining a drama club to participating in volunteer work. However, he or she who joins the Greek system will probably have the most fun. And not only because of the wild parties, which most of us imagine after watching Animal House. The reasons for pledging are much more complicated and interesting.
Participating can provide you with a lifetime opportunities that can even help you in your professional development later on. People often advance their careers through networking rather than responding to Internet ads. For example, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest fraternity in the USA. It was formed in 1776 and now has almost three hundred chapters all over the country. Just imagine how the fact that you participated in such a distinguished society will look on your resume.
Usually, if you want to join in, you will be recruited during the Rush Week, though in some cases potential members are invited throughout the year. Afterwards, you will probably spend some time as a probationary member, take the pledge and only then will get complete initiation.
If you are not fully convinced yet, here are several reasons to join Greek life:
The whole point of Greek life is to create connections that can last all your life. Students who are interested in similar things and have the same goals in life can truly bond and create friendships that will help them later on. It is interesting that the diversity is one of the important factors of the Greek experience as people of all kinds of backgrounds are welcome.
Sororities and fraternities are well known for having the best parties. However, there is much more to it than that. Members are responsible for planning and participating in all kinds of different activities from charity events like fundraising to dance contests. Supporting their fellow students and the community is very important for such societies as well as just having fun. Greek life members are never idle.
Many people forget that this is the first reason why Greek organizations were created. All members can get access to student tutors, while upperclassmen are always ready to disperse some valuable advice. If this sounds doubtful, just remember that statistically the members of fraternal organizations are much more likely to graduate.
If you are interested, chapters have a complicated governance system that many people enjoy participating in. Many involved members later become politicians. For instance, 18 presidents of the United States of America were proud fraternity members.
The cost of living Greece can be lower comparing to other places on campus offer. Chapter houses are also much more comfortable than dorms or on campus apartments.
There are many pros of Greek life. Join in and see that it is well worth the effort and responsibilities.