Top 5 Reasons to Join a Sorority
So, it is second semester and now that you know your way around campus, you know which professors to avoid, and what classes to take, what’s next? You begin wondering how on earth you’re going to get involved this semester, and then you pass a table in the HUB urging you to sign up for Sorority Recruitment, and wonder, “Why should I be in a sorority?”
Here is a list of Top 5 reasons to go Greek:
1. Greek Events
There’s a whole bunch of them, including Homecoming, Greek Sing, and Greek Week. In addition to the actual preparation for the events (pomping floats, rehearsing dance moves and playing competitive games), each event comes with a weeklong of socials with a fraternity you become paired with. All of these events involve the whole Greek community, which allows each organization to socialize and become a part of something bigger.
2. Life Long Friends
Being a part of sorority makes finding friends ridiculously easy. As a pledge class, you do everything together, from watching Gossip Girl to eating dinner, and even to going to the gym. The sense of sisterhood ensures you people to talk to and get advice from at all times. Not to mention, living on the floor has its advantages. Sororities don’t have houses here, so each sorority is granted a floor of select dorms in Pollock and South Halls. This gives each sister about 40 closets to choose from, expanding your wardrobe and shoe collection vastly. These are the people you are going to spend most of your social life with, going to fraternity socials and parties, apartments and events together. Also, the friends you make in your sorority may end up being the bridesmaids at your wedding and your friends forever.
3. Leadership Positions
Need something to fluff up your resume? Being in a sorority provides ample opportunities to gain officer positions, allowing you to acquire skills and add to your ever-growing resume for those “real-world” jobs. Positions range from the obvious President, Vice President and Treasurer, to the smaller cabinet positions. There is a job for everyone, which will help you get involved within your own organization.
4. Fundraising, Philanthropies, and THON
Every organization has their own Philanthropy to raise money for. This is done through events like flag football, pokey stick eating races and 5ks. Each fraternity and sorority chooses a day to host an event for their own individual philanthropies. Other organizations attend, donate money and enjoy the events, which include free t-shirts and free food. Also, Greek Life is a huge part of raising money for THON. So, if you’re not on a committee, being a part of a sorority is another way to get involved. Sororities go on each of the canning trips wih their partners, in addition to some alternative fundraisers.
5. Networking with Alumni
A huge part of being in a sorority is not just about the current or future sisters, but the generations before us that helped shape each and every part of different organizations. Each chapter has an Alumni Relations Chair that helps connect and communicate with the Alumni. Also, alumni are asked to come to some events like Initiation and Founders’ Days to reconnect with the new sisters and tell their stories. When ever you see your letters around, a great sense of pride washes over you, and swapping stories of fellow sisters from different times, or even different schools, while doing the handshake can give you a great sense of belonging.
And there are many, many more reasons to go Greek…
Check the Penn State’s Panhellenic Council’s website for more information about sorority recruitment.