Many fraternities and sororities have always gotten a bad rap for their physical hazing and no-work-and-only-play attitudes over the years. Although some social fraternities and sororities might meet the stereotype that we always see in movies, there are a lot of professional fraternities and sororities that have numerous benefits for joining. Below are five reasons why it might be a good idea for you to pledge a fraternity or sorority this coming semester.
One of the main benefits college provides for us is a quality education, but more importantly, it’s through the interaction with others and networking that we gain the most benefit from school. When finding a job after graduation, the majority of you will find that you will find your future careers from not what you know, but who you know.
Established fraternities and sororities have large alumni networks that can help you get to where you want to be. By joining a fraternity or sorority, you are gaining access to this vast network of working professionals who are always willing to help. You would never be given an opportunity like this had you not pledged.
Brotherhood & Sisterhood
You are probably thinking you can get by with just joining an on-campus club or organization to get your networking in while in college. Sure you can make plenty of friends through these organizations, but how many of these friends can you trust to build strong and lasting relationships?
The one advantage of joining a fraternity or sorority is that once you become alumni, you are a Greek member for life. More importantly, the bonds you develop there are stronger than any friendships you might build at a club. You will find true brothers and sisters from your shared experiences with them, and for the rest of your life you will continue to dedicate yourselves to one another.
One great opportunity you gain from joining a fraternal organization is the ability to take part in a leadership role that can give you the skills needed to compete in the working world. Fraternities and sororities are always organizing formal events like dinners, rushes, and parties.
The responsibilities you take on during your time as a Greek brother or sister can be very beneficial when you are finding a job. The leadership skills you develop can be impressive resume boosters to your future employer. Whether you were the president, treasurer, or even the historian, the experiences you develop can always translate into skills employers want.
Some of you are very interested in providing community service during your stay in college. Fortunately, many Greek organizations provide community service, and some even focus solely on community service much like a fraternity or sorority focuses solely on a particular subject like Business or Pre-Med. Many Greek organizations participate in fundraising events, blood drives, and volunteer work at local dog pounds or senior centers. The philanthropic efforts you make with a Greek organization are always rewarding and great for your resume.
Many go through their college career only going to class and studying. Your college years should be the best times of your young adult life! Joining a fraternity or sorority gives you a great opportunity to socialize with numerous people and have a lot of fun doing it. When you reflect upon the fun times in your life, you will come to realize it’s not what you guys did for fun, but who you shared the fun with. Greek organizations are always organizing fun activities that make your college experience exciting and fulfilling at the same time.