Two words parents fear when they drop their kids off at college is “going greek”. For the most part, parents, as well as some kids, get the negative annotation about greek life. It’s not all about hazing and parties. Most students will skip over greek life because they think it’s “not for them”, but I’m here to tell you three HUGE reasons those students should consider going greek and why it could be a positive thing for young adults. Parents, take a deep breath! Greek life shouldn’t be your biggest worry!
- Philanthropy is the heart and soul of what we do as greek members. Friendships and kinship will last forever but you have to put this first. You’re changing someone’s life and to those people you’re helping, that means the world.
- With that being said, friendship is another big reason to go greek. You meet so many people while being greek. You begin to make friendships with the active sisters on campus, inactive sisters, and alumni/ae. That’s a lot of new friends. But, the best thing about your new found friends and family is that it lasts way beyond your four years at school. You will always have your brothers or sisters. Always. (Maybe this could be our always?) On top of that, every fraternity and sorority gets along. I, personally, have just as much friends outside my sorority as I do in my sorority. Greek unity is a real thing and we love to help each other out and reach our goals as groups. We are one big, happy, greek family. No one gets left behind.
- One last thing that’s a big part of greek life but ties in with both philanthropy and friendship is a sense of belonging. College is a tough adjustment to many incoming freshmen. You’re far from home, (far even being 25-30 minutes for some) and you have to fend for yourself. You have to meet all new friends, and get to all of your classes on time. When you find the perfect greek organization for you, you find a new friend, a shoulder to cry on, someone to help you around campus, someone to tell you which professors to avoid, someone to make you laugh until your stomach is in raging pains, and most importantly, someone who wants you there with them. When you find your family, you will know because they will want you just as much as you want them. They want you. You belong.
Going Greek isn’t bad, in fact it’s life-changing, but you won’t know that until you go out and show your interest in greek life.