College Life: The Greek System

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Most colleges have fraternity and sorority houses on campus. Collectively, these groups are called the “Greek system,” because each house is named after two or three letters of the Greek alphabet. There are social Greek organizations, as well as those dedicated to a particular profession, such as medicine, law, engineering, or journalism.

Greek organizations do a lot of community service: they raise money for charities, volunteer in soup kitchens and for other community organizations, and organize food drives on campus. These events are great résumé builders, and employers see participation in Greek organizations as a plus.

 

Some reasons to go Greek:

  • Lower dropout rate than non-Greek students
  • Instant community, which is crucial during your first year
  • Leadership opportunities, which will serve you well later in life
  • Community service that will add credits to your résumé
  • Support structure, which helps students when they are going through hard times
  • Tutoring and academic support
  • Intramural sports
  • Nice houses with great cooks
  • Networking opportunities after graduation

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.

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