Going to college is an important decision in life; it is a place of learning, development, testing and most of all, understanding. College provides you with a number of resources to expand your horizons, gain new experiences, and build on an already shaped personality to produce a unique version of yourself that is best suited to the challenges of today.
What are the benefits of joining a fraternity?
The most enriching of all these resources are the fraternal ones. Fraternities and sororities are organizations that have a lot to offer young men and women—social camaraderie and activities, sports, academic support from peers, learning and development programs, but most important of all, a sense of belonging and ownership.
The Greek influence on college fraternities
Fraternities and sororities are called Greek organizations because they are built predominantly on Classical Greek Philosophies. They espouse and celebrate individuality and skill but they also support sacrifice and hard work.
In short, they uphold the great virtues and values of society and try to instill these into their new members. As such, joining a Greek organization is not a right, but a privilege, one that often requires work and dedication.
Joining a college fraternity
Most Greek organizations require Oaths of Obligation where new members agree to uphold their conduct to a level that is acceptable to the individual organizations values and principles. Breaking such an oath often leads to bad standing within the fraternity.
Some of the benefits of being a member of a fraternity are visible from the first moment you join: A house you call home, friends who are brothers/sisters, food you can actually eat, and a bunch of really smart upperclassmen who are willing to put in time to help you understand the material you don’t seem to get in class.
The real purpose of Greek fraternities
The benefits highlighted above are just the teasers. Those incentives are not what being in a fraternity is really about.
The greatest aspect of Greek culture is not what fraternities provide individuals, but how fraternities consistently help bring out the best in their members.
How fraternities in college work
Most new members are quickly given responsibilities within the fraternity, whether it is in a sports team, or whether it is on a committee. The new members are organized as a class, and each class has its own executive council, so you learn to stand and speak for yourselves and others from the first day.
Quickly, you settle into a rhythm in school where you begin to balance the social, athletic, academic and the myriad of other aspects in your life into one complex but manageable whole. And so with a fraternity, you grow up.
Where once you were the young freshman walking through the doors of the fraternity during recruitment, there is now some other new face, just as young and just as lost. It is there that a fraternity truly shines, for because of the brotherhood/sisterhood that it espouses, and the commitment it brings from its members, Greek organizations build balanced leaders who continue to strive for better ways to excel.
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