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Greek life in college: Do or don’t?

There are many controversial views of Greek life in college. Those who are involved with the Greek community on campus have nothing but positive things to say. However, the words sorority and fraternity generally tend to bring up a negative connotation to those who are not familiar with this particular college scene.

Before freshman orientation, I had never even considered Greek life. I had seen the show “Greek” and nothing about that scene appealed to me whatsoever. During my two days at orientation, I met a few girls who convinced me to give sorority recruitment a try. None of my high school friends were going to be attending UCF with me and I figured it would be a great way to meet some new people. I knew that if I didn’t end up liking the whole sorority thing I was under no pressure to finish the week, so I decided to give it a shot.

And I am so glad that I decided to try it out! After two years of involvement in the Greek community, I have absolutely no regrets about my decision to go Greek. Greek life isn’t all about the party life. In fact, these organizations are about much more than that. Being involved in a fraternity or sorority, there have many academic and professional advantages that most people do not consider when they think about typical college Greek life.

Greek organizations on campus set high GPA requirements that all members must meet. Statistics show that on average, college students who are involved in the Greek community have a higher GPA than those who are not. You are also able to easily connect with other students who are in your classes and majors. You almost always have a study buddy, which is always helpful when test time rolls around!

These organizations also offer many great leadership positions.  I am currently public relations chair for my chapter. I am getting some really great experience and it looks awesome on my resume!

Another aspect of Greek life that most people do not consider is the huge network you gain. Alumnus and sisters are always willing to help you out when you are job hunting. Having an alumni association can come in handy when you eventually relocate for a new job and are trying to connect with some new people. I actually got my very first internship through an older alumnus of my chapter!

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if you are not familiar with the Greek community or as of now you have a negative opinion of it, I hope you will consider the benefits that go along with it too.

http://studentorgs.gwu.edu/greekspeak/extras/nationalstatistics/

^^ This website gives a few statistics pertaining to Greek members that I thought were kind of interesting.

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