Why Greek is Great
April 29, 2014 | by

Why Greek is Great

Members of the Greek system love being Greek, but their love of all things sorority and fraternity can often confuse those on the outside. Why is being Greek so great? College Lifestyles™ spoke with some lovely Greek life members, and here’s what they had to say.

“I don’t think I would be as involved on campus as I am if it wasn’t for my sisters. They’re all such motivated women and have shown me all of the things I can do to make a different on and off campus! “- Kat Anthony, University of Florida, Gamma Eta, Alpha chapter

“I wouldn’t be the person I am without my sorority! It allows you to meet so many great girls that drive you to be the best version of yourself. You learn responsibility and take on positions that can help you in your future. It opens doors that you would never have been introduced to without Greek life. At my school, Greek life is a tight knit community where everyone cares about each other and it’s hard to find that in the real world!” - Rosie Kelly, Rowan University, Delta Phi Epsilon, Beta Mu chapter

From the personal photo collection of Debra Schreiber

From the personal photo collection of Debra Schreiber

“Going to a smaller university – it was a way to get involved and have someone to hang out with on the weekend.” – Shelly Marie Redmond, CL’s Executive Director, Alpha Sigma Tau

“I feel more connected to our school, community and students. A lot of volunteer and career opportunities come from being Greek and being involved.”  -Krysta Loftis, Central Michigan University, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Beta Theta chapter

“Coming from out of state, I knew four people coming to Indiana, one including my brother. It was nice to have a set group of friends starting second semester freshman year. It was also nice that we rushed second semester because it gave us the chance to have friends outside of the Greek community as well. Coming into college I knew I was going to rush but didn’t understand how much I would like it. The girls I’m surrounded with are truly my best friends. They’re who I go to when I have good news, and the girls I go to when I need some cheering up after a bad day. People say we buy our friends but that’s not true at all. You pay for a house just like everyone else pays for housing on campus. I get to live in a house with 100 girls that can make a dark day a little bit brighter. These girls inspire me every day. They push me to be the best person I can be, encourage me within school work and help me up when I fall down. They’re my support system, my home away from home and some of the most genuine people I have ever met and who wouldn’t want that during their college experience”. – Lauren Morris, Indiana University, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta chapter

From the personal photo collection of Debra Schreiber

From the personal photo collection of Debra Schreiber

“I love Greek life because I get to meet people I wouldn’t normally have the chance to meet. Being that my university has several schools, it’s unlikely for me to get really close to people outside of my own courses. AST changed that: now some of my best friends are part of programs from all over campus!” - Veronica Behonick, Duquesne University, Alpha Sigma Tau, Beta Delta chapter

“Being Greek is great because it gives you the opportunity to meet people and network (especially through things like Greek Week and Homecoming, where you get to spend a lot of time with other groups on campus) but more importantly, it has offered a unique experience to meet and become close friends with people that I otherwise probably wouldn’t have even crossed paths with. It’s neat to be a part of something much bigger than you, too. I love how often the Greek community comes together to support each others’ philanthropy events and it’s really rewarding to get to work with my sisters to raise money for a great cause (breast cancer awareness and education) and to hear stories of survivors or their families and see the difference the work we do actually makes. It might sound cliché when people say that your sorority becomes a “home away from home” but it’s really true: the support system I’ve gained through my sisters is truly irreplaceable. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join through informal recruitment last year despite my worries that being Greek wouldn’t be for me; it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far in my college experience.” – Allie Windergerst, University of Iowa, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Omicron chapter

Greek life can be a fabulous experience, filled with friends, fun and unconditional love. If you’re interested in learning more, check out these CL articles:

Ritual Is: Why I Joined My Chapter

Why Rush? To Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

The Big/Little Bond: Maranda, Courtney, Rachel and Maria

From the personal photo collection of Debra Schreiber

From the personal photo collection of Debra Schreiber

 

 

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Debra Schreiber is an alumni from Duquesne Unversity. Follow her at @debstyle89. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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