Advantages to joining a
Becoming a member
of a Greek organization is much more than
just a social outlet. There are
countless other benefits to being Greek.
Simply put, being Greek means you will get
more out of your college experience. Check
out these advantages...
ADVANTAGE #1 –
FRIENDSHIP AND BROTHERHOOD
As a member of the fraternity,
you will have the opportunity to meet students
of various backgrounds with both similar
and different interests. Within each chapter,
there is a close bond of friendship and
brotherhood which only the fraternity atmosphere
can foster. These relationships are deeper
then going to parties, more meaningful than
wearing the same letters. They are about
growth and development of individuals as
they begin their lives in college.
By choosing to become a
member of a fraternity, you will meet brothers
who grow to become your closest friends.
Every member contributes to this aspect,
as brotherhood combines the concept of individualism
within the framework of mutual cooperation.
From this unbreakable support system you
can easily branch off into other areas of
college life, knowing that your brothers
will be behind you no matter what.
ADVANTAGE #2 –
Academics and learning are
the most important aspects of college life,
and Greek students recognize that the purpose
of attending school is to receive a quality
education. Each Greek chapter has set their
own standards, and a minimum GPA is required
before joining and for continued membership.
To accomplish these academic
standards, many different programs have
been put in place. Upper-class members may
assist new members in developing sound study
habits through scholarship programs, individual
help, incentive programs and study buddies.
Additionally, numerous chapters on campus
have study hours for their members.
Within each fraternity there
are members involved in a wide variety of
colleges and departments. This is quite
an advantage in two ways: first, you will
be able to seek help from others who may
be taking or have already taken the same
classes; second, there will be upperclassmen
who can advise you on which classes and
instructors are the best within each field
The academic portion of
your college life is no doubt, the greatest
determinant of your future success. Employers
look for students who have achieved academic
success along with their extracurricular
involvement. The Greek community has made
important contributions in this respect
to the lives of its members – benefits
that you can take advantage of by joining
ADVANTAGE #3 –
Greek life provides an excellent
place to gain the experience and knowledge
necessary for successful leadership. Each
Greek chapter is self-governing and relies
on the special talents of its members for
successful management. Serving as an officer
on the Executive Board or committee develops
leadership skills in the areas of self-responsibility,
decision making, and communication. Members
are often encouraged to become active in
campus leadership roles, many of which may
not be available to non-Greeks. All chapters
support campus involvement among their members.
ADVANTAGE #4 –
While academics are the
main reason for one to attend Southeast
Missouri State University, you will achieve
the best college experience possible through
the proper balancing of academics and social
activities. Joining a fraternity or sorority
will offer you the most extensive social
outlets possible on Southeast campus. Being
Greek gives you the opportunity to meet
new friends through participation in events
like Homecoming, Date Nights, Formals, Theme
Parties, Greek Week, and many other social
activities. Fraternity men pride themselves
on the ability to help their fellow brothers
develop socially and learn to have fun in
a safe environment.
ADVANTAGE #5 –
The Greek community at Southeast
provides services to more than just members
of fraternities. One of the many advantages
of being a part of the Greek community is
the time spent helping others in need.
The campus and surrounding
community are constantly reaping the benefits
of the Greek community. The commitment found
in the members of fraternities can be seen
in the enthusiasm they have in giving back
to the community through philanthropies.
Philanthropies are projects
and events organized by groups or individuals
to benefit the surrounding community. They
can involve members of one fraternity or
members from all fraternities and sororities.
Fraternities work closely with sororities
to help local or national charitable organizations.
These community service
activities provide us with a sense of accomplishment
and satisfaction. These experiences are
available more through Greeks than anywhere
else on campus.
ADVANTAGE #6 –
Each fraternity participates
in numerous competitive sports though intramurals
and Greek tournaments. It’s difficult
to get a group of people on your own to
play team intramural sports or to get a
ball game together on a Sunday afternoon.
Fraternities provide this opportunity along
with the pride of sportsmanship, team spirit,
ADVANTAGE #7 –
One of the greatest
benefits that comes with being a member
of the Greek community are the relationships
you make with alumni, providing many opportunities
for career networking and mentoring, not
only with your initial job search but also
throughout your career. Homecoming, chapter
anniversary dinners, conferences, conventions,
and other events foster interaction with
alumni that is not available anywhere else
on campus. Alumni chapters located throughout
the nation provide opportunities for continued
involvement after graduation. Because their
Greek experience was so meaningful, many
alumni “give back” to their
organization by volunteering their time
on chapter advisory board, housing corporation,
or as a regional or district officer.