Daniela Velasquez Mora
I’m a third culture kid with an inherent curiosity, staying “hungry” makes life so much more interesting. Cheers!
College is one of the best chapters in your life. It’s your first time leaving the nest, and giving the world a try all on your own. That’s a lot of freedom to make decisions: picking a dorm, a cafeteria plan, a major, classes, the list goes on and on. Plus, college is prime for meeting tons of new people and making a fresh group of friends. After all the involvement fairs, back-to-school events, and freshman mixers you’ll have a pretty good idea of the organizations available on your campus. Fraternities and sororities date all the way back to 1776, pretty much making them a college staple, alongside football, all-nighters, and Spring Break. Known for all its glory and infamy, Greek life is often misconceived; the experience is so much more than a rendition of Animal House. During your first year at college, joining a social fraternity or sorority can make the transition breezy; it introduces you a network of students of different classifications, giving you a way to get the inside scoop on professors, college life, and other helpful tidbits. So here’s the 411 on Greek life.
What will being in Greek life do for me?
What you put into your experience is literally what you will get out of it. Greek life offers its members a lot of opportunities, from community involvement to participating in national conventions. Every sorority or fraternity has its own philanthropy (charity); there will be many chances for you to get some volunteer action. Those events also require extensive planning, so if you’re interested, you could put your event-planning skills to practice. Like all business events, sorority and fraternity events need some good marketing to get the word out; this is where all the creative peeps have a shot at getting involved. Every chapter needs a group of ladies and gentlemen to lead the group, cue the Executive board. If you’re a people person, exec may be an awesome fit for you. There are various positions you can run for. Depending on your interests you can choose a role that feels tailor-made. Greek life can do a lot to beef up your resume, give you an extensive network for post-grad job hunts, and allow you to make memories that last a lifetime. It’s up to you to put in the time and work to make it happen.
I’ve heard Greek life is “paying for your friends.”
You’ll hear a lot of stuff – good and bad. There are a lot of perceptions about Greek life, until you give it a try, taking someone else’s opinion as you own is a bad idea. At the end of the day, you have to make your own mind up and do what you enjoy. If Greek life is a fit for you, then go for it and have a blast. If it wasn’t your cup of tea, there are so many other organizations and activities to partake in; you’ll find whatever is right for you.
Good luck to all of you who choose to join!