A fraternity or sorority is a group of men or women formed by a brotherhood or sisterhood and common goals and aspirations who make a commitment to each other for life. The members that form a fraternity or sorority share their efforts, friendship and knowledge. Together, members learn, grow and make the fraternity or sorority, commonly called a Greek organization, stronger.
Fraternities and sororities have been a part college campuses since the late 18th-century. These organizations are referred to as "Greek" because their names consist of Greek letters that serve as a reminder of the group’s values.
Transitioning from high school to college life can be difficult for many students. Many college students find that joining a fraternity or sorority is a great way to meet friends and be a part of their college's rich social setting while embracing academic life. Greek life embodies a true college experience, and you will make friends for life!
Joining a fraternity or sorority allows you to meet new friends and take part in all your college has to offer. You will learn important leadership skills and perform extensive community service that will have you bonding with house members in no time.
These Greek organizations feature tons of fun and memorable events throughout the school year, including:
Rush is the event where sororities and fraternities invite students to their houses. Talk with members at each of the houses and find out what the pros and cons of the organizations are. Try to get a feeling of the unique vibe each house offers.
Once you decide what your favorite house is and that house is accepting new members, you'll spend some time with the members in that house. If the members feel that your character matches the mission of their organization, they'll give you a "bid". A bid is a formal invitation asking you to join their fraternity or sorority. If you accept, you will most likely attend the organization's meetings and spend an extensive amount of time with the house members. They will soon truly feel like brothers and sisters.
You may have heard of the rituals or "secrets" that Greek organizations have. At initiation, you'll learn the rituals and the significant meanings they have in regard to the mission of the organization. They'll help you grow as a person and bond you with the other house members.
Greek organizations are known for their community service. From raising money for charities and helping local children, you'll be learning valuable life lessons while having fun with your new friends. Community service will also encourage you to speak up for what matters most to you, as well as network and establish local contacts.
College can be scary at first and holding a leadership role may seem impossible. Joining a fraternity or sorority enables you to easily gain leadership experience by fulfilling one of the leadership roles in your house. You'll soon find you have more confidence than you ever did before!
Formals and Parties
Greek organizations stress academics first, but they also recognize that a rich college experience involves fun social activities. Take a break from studying by attending a formal or party. Dive in to the Greek experience by helping plan formals and parties. You'll feel rewarded when all the guests say what a fun time they are having.
Each member is actively involved in decision-making processes, teaching and encouraging students to utilize their leadership talents in the chapters and on campus.
Before joining a fraternity or sorority, you’ll want to determine whether Greek life is a commitment you can and want to make. Greek life can be a rewarding and fun part of your college experience but doesn’t suit everybody’s personalities.