Greek College Life

College Life and the Greek System
Most U.S. colleges include sorority and fraternity houses on their campuses and these groups are labeled the Greek system as all these houses are known by a few Greek alphabet letters. There are Greek organizations dedicated to a particular academic field or profession, for example, law, journalism, or medicine, and we also can find many social Greek organizations.

Community service

Sure, many of the negative stories about sororities and fraternities and sororities are true, and there are quite a few known excesses, but sororities and frats are not only about all-night-long partying. Greek organizations are also known for great community service activities. There are lots of money-raising events for charities, and members do much volunteer work in local soup kitchens or other community and charity organizations. They additionally organize numerous food drives on their campuses to support local agencies. These events are great resume builders, and employers see participation in Greek organizations as a plus. Among other things, it means that you have some measure of discipline and that you managed to maintain decent grades in college despite your extracurricular commitments.

Events like these look great on the students’ resumes and employers usually appreciate students that are part of a Greek organization. Generally, belonging to a Greek organization indicates that the members are well-disciplined and that, despite their extracurricular activities, they were able to keep decent grades in college.
Benefits of Greek Life
There are many reasons to become a member of a Greek organization. The most important are that you will become part of a community instantly, which often is crucial in your first year at college, and you have the chance to develop your leadership skills which is essential for your future career. Students that are members of Greek organizations are also known to have lower dropout rates than students who are “non-Greek”. and activities like community service will add a lot of credits to resumes. When students go through hard times, being part of a Greek club will support them and academic support ad tutoring will also be more readily available. After graduation, the network they built up will often prove highly beneficial, and apart from the often nice sorority and fraternity houses with great food and lots of sports options, there will be a lot of parties, and more parties!

Downsides
There are, of course, also several reasons not to become part of a Greek organization. You may just not be a Fraternity type of student, and maybe you prefer to be more on yourself. And though it may be tough at times to be just an independent student on campuses that are mostly Greek, there never should be any obligation to join one of these clubs. All the same, you will find friends on campus, even when you don’t feel like joining a sorority or fraternity. Then there are the dues and fees, and these costs can get quite hefty….

Here are a few important terms related to Greek life
Sorority: Greek women’s organization
Fraternity (Frat): Greek men’s organization
Rush: the period for recruitment at the start of a semester. This is when students will be asked to join a Greek organization
Bid: this is the invitation to join a sorority or fraternity
Pledge: this is a new recruit. Students are not full members yet of an organization, but they are close to getting accepted
Hazing: rituals to create embarrassment, pain, or discomfort, which, though technically illegal, often is done anyway
Initiation: this is a formal ceremony where pledges are inducted into a sorority or fraternity
Chapter: this is the larger body under which a certain sorority or fraternity exist
Intramural: this is a university-organized sporting event between Greek organizations
Panhellenic Council: this is the governing organization for sororities