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Five Reasons To Consider Joining A Sorority At Your Univeristy

Five Reasons To Consider Joining A Sorority At Your Univeristy

There are endless debates on the merits and drawbacks to joining a sorority when attending a university. Here are five reasons to consider membership:

1. Joining a sorority provides a smaller solar system within a giant universe.

Let’s face it. Going away to college can be scary and overwhelming. What’s more, many of the larger universities throughout the nation can have upwards of 35,000 to 40,000 students attending at one time. That can make a young person feel lonely and insignificant among the masses. A sorority instantly gives you a smaller group of like-minded souls to turn to within the giant universe of your university campus. A house is usually restricted to around 150 girls maximum and that would be considered large. A sorority provides a safe haven to return to each day.

2. The Greek system is a great way to get connected on campus.

If you want to jump right into your new collegiate life, sororities are a great way to get involved. They offer members a myriad of ways to participate on campus within the arenas of student government, the school newspaper, intramural sports and homecoming celebrations. There is plenty to explore and do. If you want to strengthen your leadership skills, there are also positions to be held within the house, i.e. treasurer, secretary, social planner, etc. And emphasizing the point that sororities are not all about having a social life, philanthropy is a large part of sorority life.

All Greek organizations support both national philanthropies, as well as local causes, to instill in their members a sense of service, giving to others and to learn about something greater than themselves. For example, Kappa Alpha Theta supports CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), an organization that protects children, Alpha Phi supports The Heart Truth, a non-profit that is dedicated to fighting heart disease in women, Kappa Kappa Gamma supports RIF (Reading is Fundamental), a national reading campaign and Delta Delta Delta (nicknamed Tri-Delt) volunteers for a wide array of non-profit initiatives dedicated to curing children’s cancers.

3. Sorority life can improve your GPA.

Further debunking the idea that the only thing that sorority girls focus on is partying, according to several university websites including USC, Penn State and the University of Oregon, on average, sorority women have higher GPAs than their unaffiliated classmates. Sorority members tend to keep each other motivated so that everyone succeeds both in and out of the classroom. In fact, many houses have specific rules about grade point averages and what is expected. Many sororities have rooms within their house that are dedicated specifically for studying.

4. Sororities provide solid career connections long after graduation.

It isn’t just that you will make hundreds of connections within your Greek life on campus during your four years at a university. Sororities have strong networks, comprehensive national websites, job boards, regional meetings and tons of resources that are readily available for alumni.

5. Joining a sorority can result in lifelong friendships.

Most people who are pro-sorority will tell you this. A true friendship with another women is priceless and not always easy to find, let alone multiple friendships. The wonderful quality to a friendship established in a sorority is that you may find a sister for life. These friendships often deepen and grow. These sisters will be with you when you marry and if and when you divorce. They will celebrate with you over the birth of your children and comfort you after the inevitable loss of loved ones. They will cheer you on in the good times, and be there for you in the not-so-good times. In addition, sorority sisters tend to introduce you to other new friends. If you move to a new city, there is usually an alumni group within 50 miles or so.

Greek life may not be for everyone. But it is certainly worth investigating. It has its merits as a community and an investment of time while on campus.

Sources:

Jaqueline Kurth, “President of Panhellenic Aimes to Increase Overall GPA”, The Daily Trojan (USC), January 13, 2011

http://greeklife.uoregon.edu/about/faqs

http://www.greeks.psu.edu/phc/lettervpm/html

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