College: It's a big scary place that has a big scary impact on your big scary future. During this time, you're suddenly forced to acknowledge a world of unknowns: your future, a mysterious new territory (especially if you're going out-of-state), and new people. All the friends you had in high school are going their own ways and each of you will become lone stragglers at your chosen university; isolated representations of your former town and school. It can be sad and terrifying starting over this way, not knowing a soul on campus. But it is a part of growing up, and an important one too. It teaches you how to be independent, as well as how to develop social skills that will last a lifetime…Assuming you survive college. Kidding! Of course you will, you're all wonderful people.
Luckily for you, college has come up with ways to make this transition easier on you. For instance, there's a little thing called a “sorority.” Heard of it? Over time, these organizations have developed quite a negative connotation and are associated with things like hazing, promiscuity, over-the-top parties, and serial killer movies (what's up 90s kids?!). But, there is also a lot of good that should be acknowledged. One thing to always keep in mind is that the news is generally pretty negative, and rarely reports the good that gets done by Greek groups. All it takes is one bad story to ruin the lot. However, the most important thing to remember is that you are an adult now and you can make your own decisions, just follow your instincts. Only you know yourself! Let's start the list, shall we?
- On a national level, 71% of those involved in Greek life graduate, while only 50% of non-members graduate
- “The All fraternity and sorority GPA is higher than the overall collegiate GPA”
- “A study by the University of Missouri found that Greeks throughout the US and Canada are more involved on their campuses and rate their overall university experience better”
- 10 million hours of community service is completed each year
- “Sorority sisters can be a great resource for tutoring and other academic advice“
- “Greek organizations offer networking opportunities to their members long after their college years”
- And of course, making friends!
Here are just some of the benefits of joining a sorority and there are so many more. If you're in a sorority, feel free to share with us your reasons for joining and why you stayed.