Greek Life’s Enrichment of Successful Individuals Greek Life helps mold the average individual into a more informed, well-rounded, better-prepared adult for today and for the future. Unfortunately, many are blinded by the negative stereotypes that come with Greek Life, but honestly, I couldn’t have chosen a better way to improve myself, inside and out. The constant support, that little push to achieve more, the shoulders to cry on when you’ve had a bad day; these are the things that set us Greeks apart from non-Greeks and these are the reasons I have made it to where I am now.
I strongly believe that you should go Greek because all Greeks, no matter the letters on their chests, motivate their members to hold themselves to a higher standard. With those standards, Greeks more than likely value the same ideas in some way: academic, moral, social and financial. Morals generally come from one’s self-belief of what they should and should not do. To ensure this, all members of a chapter live by their rituals and creed. My sorority, Delta Zeta, for example, lives by our creed to the fullest extent. The Delta Zeta creed states, “To the world, I promise temperance and insight and courage, to crusade for justice.
To seek the truth and defend it always. For those whom my life may touch in slight measures, may I give graciously of what is mine. To my friends, understanding and appreciation. To those closer ones, love that is ever steadfast. To my mind, growth. To myself, faith, that I may walk truly in the light of the flame. ” We see it fit to apply these words to our everyday life to further better ourselves, as does every other chapter with their creed. Sean Meads from Rocky Mountain College states, “Greek Life holds its members accountable to a higher standard, not just in Greek Life, but in every part of life. Hansen, a grad student working for the Huffington Post, verifies that all in all, “Greek Life benefits one by demonstrating how to be a strong, curious, brave and zestful individual. We live and breathe the actions of our rituals during collegiate life and beyond. The true rituals take groups of strangers and bond them together to become family; they’re meant to inspire, and when performed by people with the truest of hearts and intentions, they are neither harmful nor embarrassing. Even in the turmoil, the sisterhood and brotherhood Greek
Life members feel will help comfort each other during dark moments and help in looking towards a more positive future. ” Academics are Greek Life’s number one priority. “Academic success is a value that Greeks hold in high esteem,” according to research based on the Office of Greek Life at Auburn University. The Interfraternity Council at the University of Georgia reassures through studies how chapters assemble programs and various ways encouragement for their academic achievements. New members also partake in programs to ensure that they learn how to study and manage their priorities in a successful manner.
Programs that are usually set up for their members usually include “study tables” and “tutoring sessions” for areas where one may be struggling. “These programs are proven largely successful when an all-Greek GPA of 3. 30 was compared to a non-Greek GPA of 3. 18 at the University of Georgia,” confirms the Interfraternity Council. Georgia College also surveyed the positive correlation on a scattered plot chart, resulting in the conclusion that “those who are involved in Greek Life are enrolled in more hours and typically outcomes in a higher GPA,” supported by Hammer in her project, ‘How Does Greek Life Affect Academics? Along with academic and moral values, Greeks strive for excellence in social skills and financial responsibilities. Social skills root from how you interact with others in the community. When one is a part of Greek Life, for the most part, they must be involved in other organizations on campus. The Office of Greek Life at Auburn University expresses through research how “this will further provide unique opportunities for working with peers and helps to instill a healthy professional spirit among the members and other students, faculty, etc.
And finally, to keep one’s chapter up and running, being financially responsible is a must. ” According to the Office of Student Life at UMBC, “memberships vary from chapter to chapter, but in the end, these costs pay for numerous opportunities: philanthropy events, council dues, social functions and food. ” Finances are just as important as anything else Greeks value because these chapters are “self-supported by the members” and also by alumnae, given the research from the Interfraternity Council at Indiana University.
Delta Zeta Alumnae still pay yearly to help support our chapter here at USI because they know how easily and quickly a chapter can fail without financial support. All of these little, yet greatly important, points have already given us an advantage. One claims Greek Life is constructed solely based on looks, status and social aspects like parties, boys/girls, wealth and cattiness. Of course sororities and fraternities will have the typical stereotypes with the “pretty girls” and the “fratastic guys”, but with that, who’s really worthy enough to decide who’s pretty and who’s not?
A chapter is based on morals and values, not looks or status, believe it or not. If an outsider believes that a chapter has a distinct look or behavior of members, they skew the vision from what it really is to what it’s not, leading to the stereotypes we hear today. Greek chapters take people in who share common values and morals, creating a large bond of similar beings, yet still unique individually. Research from authors Howard and Matthew Greene in their book, ‘Greenes’ Guides to Educational Planning’, insists that “partying, drinking, etc. are present on all campuses – Greek or not.
Substance abuse and anti-intellectual or sexist culture is not caused by Greeks. ” Patricia Steffens’ research illustrates that “chapters see each member for who they are rather than what they look like or how much money they may have. We recruit in order to make our chapters a better place and for women and men who will make great friends as well. ” You should join the Greek community because it helps individuals become leaders, whether that is holding an office in your organization, or to just prepare one to take on roles they may not have seen themselves tackling, now or ever.
Based on research from the Office of Greek Life at Auburn University, “Members of the Greek community learn by doing. They acquire skills such as budgeting, holding meetings, speaking in public and motivating others. ” “48 percent of all US presidents, 42 percent of US Senators, 30 percent of US congressmen/women, listed in Who’s Who, have all been members of Greek organizations,” proven by the research from [Source 14]. Based on the credited information from Young Adults Guide, Jackie Burrell, “These organizations are led by a student council of some sort, further offering members opportunities to develop leadership skills.
Offices one may hold include: president, VP of membership, treasurer, philanthropy, member discipline, public outreach, social even planning, etc. ” You should go Greek because most of the Greek communities push their members to be 100 percent involved on campus. This assists us grow individually, as well as our university as a whole. AMIGOS, SGA, SI tutoring and intermurals are just a few examples of different organizations Greeks are involved in at USI.
By encouraging their members to be more involved, the Greek system is not only benefitting the university, but also contributing to our social skills, multitasking abilities, time management and our appreciation of our surroundings. In addition, all Greek chapters participate in community service or better known as philanthropy services each semester. Thus, priding them on giving back to the community. The Greek community sees that we should help each other’s chapters; therefore, at USI and many other universities, each chapter joins in and contributes to one another’s local philanthropies.
For example, Delta Zeta partakes every year with Alpha Sigma Alpha’s “Rockin’ for Riley” and Gamma Phi Beta’s “Lip Sync” where the money is raised for a charitable organization. Additionally, we see it important to help with non-Greek organizations as well; Delta Zeta joined together with the USI baseball team to form DZ Diamonds, where we work concessions every game and always have a number of members at each home game to support the team. Why is being involved important, you ask?
According to the Office of Greek Life at Auburn University, “Campuses and surrounding communities are constantly reaping the benefits of the Greek organizations. Being involved aids development in civic responsibility by working side by side with other fraternities and sororities to help local or national charitable organizations. It has been proven that Greeks, 80 percent or more, cite benefits in academics, leadership training and community service, creation of lifelong friendships and networks of relationships that will be useful after graduation. “The amount of involvement and the opportunities it opens sets you apart. Not only that, but it gives students an outlet for internal growth and reflection upon themselves,” states Patenaude in Mead’s article from Rocky Mountain College. Another claims that being too involved while already dedicating time to Greek Life may hurt academics. Academics are every chapter’s number one priority. Without good academics, we wouldn’t be able to take part in Greek Life at all. Steffens’ research ensures that chapters are understanding when it comes to academics; that’s why we are at college initially.
Being involved doesn’t mean drowning yourself in more than you can handle by any means. Each chapter has different ways to help balance it all out and further assist you on your way to success. Insightful information from Sara Hillis, advisor of student services and involvement at Penn State University, indicates, “Greek Life pushes you to be involved to help look good for potential employers, to meet new people and increase your student satisfaction. Studies have shown that students who are active in campus activities succeed academically. ”
I feel as though everyone is entitled to being the best that they can be. Being a part of something bigger than you can better an individual in the long run, whether that is Greek Life or another association that better fits them. No one should feel as though they are unprepared for the real world or lacking certain qualities necessary for success, like social skills, responsibility, self-motivation and leadership. Being a part of Greek Life could aid you in ways that you may not even know is possible or important; for example, achieving a GPA of at least 2. , which is my chapter’s minimum requirement, to further push me to study and balance my priorities. This will later help me acquire a job seeing that I took my schoolwork seriously. In addition, Greek Life helps it’s members appreciate the community and give back what we have been given. By giving back, you are slowly helping our society, which has been spiraling downward, become more grateful and less self-centered. No matter what kind of past, present or future one may have, we all deserve to achieve our goals in the most efficient way possible. That’s what college is for, right?
Thus, having that support system, the essential values to live by and the constant push for self-growth can only help mold you into the adult you strive to be: accountable, well-rounded and fruitful. Greek Life isn’t for everybody; some are better off fending for themselves, and that’s perfectly fine. But looking back at whom I used to be and who I am now makes me appreciate being a part of Greek Life, Delta Zeta specifically, and how it has molded me into a more grateful, determined person. I advise everyone to at least give Greek Life a chance. After all, one should never judge a book by its cover.
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