In your first years of college, it’s important to find a place to fit in and make new friends. Thankfully colleges are filled with many clubs, organizations, and events for you to attend. One of those many options is emerging into the Greek culture- although, is it a right fit for you?
There are few considerations to make before you make the decision of being in a sorority or fraternity. Below are the few things to discuss with your parents or guardians upon entering:
1. Financial Obligation
Outside of general college expenses like tuition, books, and living, being involved in Greek life requires a few mandatory fees that continually need to be paid in order to stay a member. Some of these additional expenses include house dues, recruitment fees, clothing items, and formals.
2. Connections & Networking
Going to college is a big adjustment after graduating from high school. You are in an entirely new environment with many unknown faces and possibly no familiar friends. This can be a very intimidating experience for some and the reason why people like to join sororities and fraternities. Being part of a group is the easiest way to make new friends while not feeling alone in a new environment. Amongst the social benefits that come with Greek life, you will also be put in a great position when you are looking for internships and employment. You will have the advantage of numerous connections and peers you can claim as references.
3. Time Commitment
Before joining the Greek culture, it’s important to know that there is a lot of time that is expected from you. Apart from going to class and studying, you will have to attend mandatory meetings and events- all while maintaining good grades. Because of this, you will need to make sure you know how to manage your time very well in order not to overwhelm your first years of college.
4. A Place to Call Home
Because you will be a part of an exclusive group, there are many perks to feeling like you belong somewhere. While living in a sorority or fraternity house, you will always be surrounded by peers and have somewhere to call home.
When making your final decision, be sure to gather all information including the costs, procedures, and expectations from your school’s organization. Having all the information available to you will help you better decide if it will be the right fit for you.