When many people hear the word “sorority” or “Greek,” stereotypes come to mind. There are many who do not understand the function and purpose of a sorority; nor do they understand the work and commitment that is involved. These people think only of the stereotypical social aspect of being in a sorority. While a sorority is a social organization, a sorority has many facets and individual benefits.
When you join a Greek organization, you join a group that will always be there for you no matter what. A bond is formed between the members of a sorority that cannot be broken and will last a lifetime. Not only do you have a bond with the members of your own organization, but you have a connection with all members of Greek organizations.
When you join a Greek organization, there are many opportunities for you to be involved in other campus organizations and events. Greeks have the chance to take part in campus events such as Homecoming, Greek-Sing, charity events, and intramural sports. Many Greeks will often go above and beyond just participating, and become a part of the planning committee of these events. When you belong to a sorority, you are exposed to many of these organizations and events, making it so much easier to be involved.
Being Greek does not end when you graduate. You are Greek until you die. It becomes a part of you. The friends you make will be with you for a lifetime. It can become a family bond. Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, sisters, brothers, often join the same fraternity or sorority. They have a bond even closer than before.
There are many great aspects of belonging to a sorority. However, like most things in life, you must give of yourself to receive something in return. A sorority can enhance your college experience and leave you with benefits that will last a lifetime.
Amy James is a graduate student in the Doctorate of Pharmacy program at the University of Toledo. She has been on The National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ National Leadership Council for the last three years and is currently serving as President. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends.