Transitioning to college can be challenging. You will have to establish new friends and adjust to college academics. Greek Life is an excellent way for you to ease into college life, enabling you to develop socially & intellectually.
Advantage #1 – Friendship & Brotherhood/Sisterhood
As a member of the Greek community, you will have the opportunity to meet students of various backgrounds with both similar and different interest in a smaller, more comfortable atmosphere. Within each of the chapters, there is a close bond of friendship and family, and the ideal of brotherhood/sisterhood is a cornerstone upon which each fraternity/sorority is built. Every person contributes to this aspect. The Greek system combines the concept of individualism within the framework of mutual cooperation. Greek membership is not conformity. No sorority or fraternity is made up of members who are exactly alike. By choosing to enter Greek Life, you will meet those who will become your closest friends, those who will cheer you on when you’re successful, and those who will help you along when the going gets tough. From this unbreakable support system, you can easily branch off into other areas of college life, knowing that your Greek family is behind you no matter what.
Advantage #2 – Academics
A primary purpose of the Greek community is to encourage and develop high scholastic achievement among its members. Several factors contribute to this academic atmosphere, including peer tutoring, counseling by other Greeks, and chapter study hours which support new students who are adjusting to the rigors of collegiate studying. Within each Greek organization, there are members in a wide variety of colleges and departments. You will be able to seek help from others who are taking or have taken the same classes, and they can also advise you on which classes and instructors are the best in many fields. Nationally, just over 50% of students complete their college degrees. However, the U.S. Department of Education data shows that Greek members graduate at a rate in excess of 70%. Fraternities & Sororities help you meet the challenge of balancing academics while gaining the most from your collegiate experience.
Advantage #3 – Leadership
Everyone in the Greek family is a leader, whether you’re an officer, on a committee, or a participant. You will learn by doing. You will learn how to manage a budget, run effective meetings, speak in public, motivate others, and any number of other skills that will help you in college and throughout your life. These days, it takes more than just a degree to get a good job – it takes leadership experience and Greek Life delivers.
Advantage #4 – Community Service
The Aggie Greek community provides services to more than just its members. One of the many advantages of being a part of the Greek community is time spent helping others in need. The campus and the Bryan/College Station area are constantly reaping the benefits of the Greek community. The commitment found in Greek members can be seen in the enthusiasm they have in giving back to the community through their chapter’s philanthropies. Philanthropies are projects and events organized by groups or individuals to benefit the surrounding communities. They can involve members from one Greek organization or from the entire Greek community. Nationally, Greeks provide the largest network of volunteers in the United States and contribute 10 million hours of volunteer service each year. Aggie Greeks contribute an estimated $50,000 to the Bryan/College Station community each year.
Advantage #5 – Career Networking
Greek membership is for a lifetime. Some of the greatest benefits that come with being a member of the Greek community are the relationships you make with Former Students, providing many opportunities for career networking and mentoring, not only with your initial job search but also throughout your career. Football games, chapter anniversary dinners, conferences, conventions, and other events foster interaction with alumni. Alumni/graduate chapters located throughout the nation provide opportunities for continued involvement after graduation. Because their Greek experience was so meaningful, many Former Students “give back” to their organization by volunteering their time on a chapter advisory board, housing corporations’ board, or as a regional or district officer.