Every sorority has been found on a college campus, and some are as old as one hundred years. They all have their founding members, whom you have to respect, and they all have serious benefits once you take a closer look.
As easy as it may sound, the primary requirement will be that you know and respect the history. Other than that, you will be required to pay membership fees, wear sorority attire, and foremost be proud that you are a member. It may sound boring but there is quite a lot of cool stuff associated with being a member.
Everyone can join the party and even though the numbers of fraternities and their members around the world is in decline, the funding they receive is as high as ever.
What’s In It For You?
There are numerous benefits to being a member of a fraternity. These are just some of them:
- It is a great resume builder. Companies consider fraternity members to be more proactive and have leadership skills. That is for a reason, as a significant number of U.S. president and other important officials were once members.
- For certain majors like political science, economics, and/or finance being a frat bro is of utmost importance. That’s where you network, make new friends, organize study groups and just have good time. Not to mention that financial, legal, and government institutions are all very favourable towards past fraternity members and are more likely to hire them.
- The university you attend may not have all the fraternities you would be looking for. Some of the popular ones like Pi Alpha Kappa Phi are present almost everywhere, though this does not mean that getting into those is easy, and in some cases you will need to be referred by a present member to even be considered.
- Some sororities are global, and their so-called chapters organize trips to other campuses and even countries for leisure and experience exchange. It is a big opportunity to see the world and you would not want to miss out on that. The only condition is that the fraternity you get yourself into is truly global and has many chapters around the world, Not all colleges have those, and if the school you go to does have one, it is quite important that you join.
- Joining for the sake of membership only will not pass. You will have to show commitment and actually spend a lot of time going to events and showing that you are proactive. Certain fraternities require more action, and some require less.
Graduate Or Undergraduate?
If you are an undergraduate, being in a fraternity has a whole new sense. It is foremost a medium for networking with higher-ups. That is, junior and senior students from across all majors. You would really want to communicate with them and sort of see where you will be in fee years from now.
You will also spend four long years as an undergraduate. There will be a lot of ups and downs, and the only people you will be able to count on in whatever situation you find yourself in, will be your close friends and fraternity brothers and sisters, who are automatically aligned with the closest of your friends.
If you are a postgraduate, things get more complicated. You will hardly have the time, and if you were not a member in your undergraduate years, there is very little chance you will be considered for admission. Unless of course you stand out from the rest and can motivate why you should be accepted. International students coming for Master’s from a country where there is no Greek system are one example of postgraduate student who will be welcome to join.
Is It For You?
It is not really hard to get in, but it is hard to decide whether you need to. The real question is whether you have enough time, patience and money to be in a sorority.
Membership implies regular financial contributions (i.e. fees) and commitment in terms of your free time. There will be plenty of events you will just have to attend or help with organizing.
Some sororities also have benchmarks of how good your GPA has to be and the others will have benchmarks of how much alcohol you can consume in one night. It really differs. Some sororities will also be ethno-specific, and some will be open to all nationalities.
It really comes down to what you are looking to do with your future brothers and sisters. You will be interviewed either in depth or on the surface and it is extremely important that you do not hide anything and express your expectations as they are. After all, at times it easier to join than to quite.